Anne Eliot writes sweet, first-love stories. She was raised in the mountains of Colorado, but says she really learned about life, love and friendships from summers spent with her large, Italian immigrant family in Ontario, Canada.
Anne is grateful to have had schools with inspiring teachers and librarians who directed her to worlds she would not have found on her own. To this day, she adores school visits, teaching writing to teens, and is dedicated to making sure kids in need have access to books that will fuel their hopes and dreams.
While growing up, Anne hid her own anxieties by hiding and reading book after book. She developed an addiction to first love, first kisses and her favorite: the happy-ever-after story. This is what she writes today. Now she's a mom of two and happily married to her own first love. Anne works hard to juggle being a wife and parent while writing, but fails at cooking because she is still trying to read book, after book of love stories on the side.
Anne Eliot’s first book, Almost, became a top 100 best selling Kindle book, and was a Readers Choice, Top 12 of 2012 book for Amazon.com at #11, and will be translated and released in Germany and Turkey fall 2013. Her second book, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, is a also a Kindle, top 100 best selling book in Teen Romance for 2013. She's hard at work on her third novel, another sweet teen romance releasing fall/winter, 2013. She loves to hear from readers. Please look for her on Facebook or tweet her @yaromance.
1. Can you describe your first kiss in 3 words?
Awkward. AWKWARD. Slurpy-YUCKY?
2. First Love?
So many first loves, all unrequited. They never even noticed I was alive, oh and one turned out to be gay. :(
My first real love (the guy who saw me and didn’t run away fast.) I went ahead and kept him. Now we are married because he was the only one who ever loved me back.
3. Favorite song of the moment? Haunted, Beyonce
4. In high school, I was the..... worst dressed, alone-dork girl with the boy-barber haircut and the popular brother. I actually read books while walking down halls and on the street.
5. Why do you like writing in the Young Adult Genre?
Young Adult is where everything happening to teens is the ‘first time’ for them. I love firsts: first kisses, first loves, the first time teens stand up to authority, the first time teens realize who they are underneath what their parents say they should be. I also just love working with teens, teaching teens the craft of creative writing. I love how young adults have this wide scope on the universe. They haven’t been told ‘no’ and they are strong enough to try anything.
6. Favorite romantic movie?
So many, but…I love the classics: Titanic & Pride and Prejudice for sure. All 80’s swooners: Pretty in Pink/ Dirty Dancing…all of those. And LadyHawke (I gush about this one in How I Fall) and even though Amanda Bynes is having a rough time of it these days, I love all of her old movies like, She’s the Man.
7. I can't survive without... CHEESE. My family. My dog. My laptop. MY KINDLE.
8. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing instead?
I’d be the most fun blogger, reader, book fan ever. I’d also like to be a gardener. Like for money. Like a greenhouse flower-growth watcher? Seed-sprouting specialist? Is that a job? I can do it for hours and hours even when nothing is happening.
9. Favorite Book?
I love the book that was never published by Stephenie Meyer… MIDNIGHT SUN. LOVE IT SO SO SO MUCH. Otherwise my tops are Graceling, Sea of Tranquility, and every single 1978-80’s medieval/historical romance written ever by people like Julie Garwood, J. Lindsey, Catherine Coulter, Susan Wiggs…so many.
At a freshman party she doesn't remember...Jess Jordan was almost raped.
...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is....Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.
Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend
...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.
WHAT AMAZON REVIEWERS SAYS:
- "Anne Eliot has created such a wonderful love story with Almost."
- "This book was a contradiction. It was dark, it was light. It was swoon-worthy and it had its cringe moments. It was about a deeply serious topic, yet there were moments I was literally laughing out loud."
- "This book was so entertaining and heart warming, that I have re-read the book and have enjoyed it the second time just as much as the first time."
After a car accident--an event he considers a prank gone bad--jaded pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.
Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a 'nice' guy.
Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.
She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s stunning transformation.
When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist.
And that’s when things get out of control…
First love. Sweet, teen romance.
WHAT AMAZON REVIEWERS SAYS:
- "I fell in love with the characters and their personalities!! The way they interacted with each other was just perfect!!"
- "This book was an amazing book to read. I love the characters and all of the detail and it was such a cute love story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the teen romance books. "
- "What a cute story took me back to my youth. Made me remember my first crush and first love."
A two-book series by the bestselling author of Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.
Book 1 in the How I Fall/How I Fly series.
WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?
Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.
WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?
But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.
WHAT IF YOU KISS?
What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, but... WHAT IF YOU HURT HER?
How I Fall, is the first book a two book series, ending with: How I Fly. It can be a stand-alone story, but it's recommended this book be first. The series is about friendship, boyfriends, taking risks and first love. There’s a photographer heroine who has left-sided cerebral palsy--she falls for a football jock with problems of his own.
WHAT AMAZON REVIEWERS SAYS:
- “A beautifully written story with great characters!"
- “This is such I wonderful story of love, friendship, and being true to who you are."
- "This book is an amazing tale of two of the sweetest, well-developed characters I've ever read"
Book two in the How I Fly series, by bestselling, young adult author, Anne Eliot
*WHAT IF IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON...?*
Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past.
*WHAT IF IT ALL GOES PERFECTLY...?*
Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly…
*WHAT IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT...?*
When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends?
How I Fly, is the SECOND book in the two-book, bestselling, high school romance series that begins with, How I Fly. Though they can be read as stand-alone stories, it is recommended that readers read this book second. The series is about friendship, boyfriends, taking risks and first love. There’s a photographer heroine who has left-sided cerebral palsy (hemiparesis) that makes her weak on one side and she falls often; all while she’s falling deeply in love with football jock, Cam Campbell. He’s a guy who also dreams to be a photographer like Ellen Foster. But his football life and his parents are out of control. Above all, are they meant to be?
WHAT AMAZON REVIEWERS SAYS:
- "Young or old, Anne Eliot writes stories that warm your heart and soul to the very core. This woman is able to craft a beautiful love story that leaves a piece behind with you."
- "The writing was simple but very spot on. "
- "I would recommend this to fans of contemporary YA, and especially YA that is different and that challenges you but is so incredibly honest and sweet."