1.      What inspired you to write your newest book, THE ALONE TIME? Can
you top your last book, an Amazon best-seller?  
Like every author out there, I hope the world falls in love with
my book – but I wrote The Alone Time for a specific niche of people:
Thriller lovers; the kind of readers that love a good scare and savor the
anticipation of imminent danger for characters they’ve become invested in. I
always write for me, first and foremost, because I know that if I’m not
entranced by a story, other readers will have a hard time spending hundreds of
pages with it, too. And that’s why I’m hopeful The Alone Time will be
well received—because I was inspired by my own experience with a plane crash
when I wrote the initial chapters.


2.      What exactly is it about and who is
it written for?  
This story is about two sisters who survived a
plane crash that killed their parents twenty-five years ago. They must face the
secrets they left buried in the woods when a true crime documentary filmmaker
begins digging into the past. It’s for anyone who has ever been on a plane and
wondered what might happen if they crash-landed somewhere remote—then lived to
return to society and recount their version of the truth.


3.      What do you hope readers will get out of
reading your book?  
The Alone Time is about confronting ourselves and our actions, no matter how
many years have passed—and then accepting the consequences. I hope readers walk
away from this book questioning the choices they would have made in the same
impossible situations that Fiona and Violet endure. And if they do, I hope
readers are honest with themselves. After all, the truth always comes out in
the end. 


4.      How did you decide on your book’s title and
cover design?  
The title is a phrase I actually use with my
kid, to describe whenever he needs space to collect himself (and calm down);
“Maybe you should take some alone time.” As I was brainstorming titles for this
story, I thought of that phrase, and also how ominous it would sound if the
alone time were forced upon someone, particularly a young child. The more I sat
with that idea, the more “The Alone Time” seemed like a perfect fit. The cover
design is the brilliant work of my publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and I absolutely
love what they came up with. The book cover image is evocative of the suspense,
the unknown, and the anxiety my characters endure while they are stranded in
the wild—as well as when they reach adulthood while back in society, and must
wrestle with their residual feelings of isolation. 


5.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for
fellow writers – other than run!?  
Don’t undertake this writing thing lightly; come
to the table with your ideas prepared—and at least well considered, if you’re
not into outlining. I think everyone’s process is valid (lots of writers I know
are pantsers); but for anyone struggling with time management, mentally
preparing yourself in advance to write a story is so key. Most of us write
because we love it, right? Lean into that and don’t forget it. Especially on
the hard days when the words are stubborn. 


6.      What trends in the book world do you see — and
where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 
I’m certainly no expert, but I’m noticing more
Romantasy trends in fiction—seeing it everywhere, really. Regarding where the
industry is headed as a whole, you’ll have to ask AI for me.


7.      Were there experiences in your
personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? 
Yes, as I shared above, I was in a plane crash
when I was a kid. My dad was piloting a small passenger plane when the gas cap
came unscrewed and all our fuel leaked out over the clouds. We crash-landed
safely in a mountain range in Southern California, but it was easily the most
harrowing experience of my life. I drew on those memories when I was writing
the opening chapters of The Alone Time, and I hope readers get the
benefit of experiencing the adrenaline without living through it themselves.


8.      How would you describe your writing style? Which
writers or books is your writing similar to?  
My writing style is sharp and emotion-driven. I try to create
vivid scenes that pique a reader’s senses, while also steeping a reader in
heightened emotions, depending on the environment a character enters. I deal
heavily in family relationships—which are the basis for so many of our quirks
as adults and in our romantic relationships. My writing might be similar to the
styles of Lucy Foley or Riley Sager.


9.      What challenges did you overcome in the writing
of this book?  
I didn’t know the ending when I began writing
this story. Rather, I thought I did. But by the time I reached the final
chapters, the characters were telling me someone new and surprising was the
antagonist. I could have stuck to the original plan, but my gut told me this
change was too good to pass by. I’m glad I remained flexible enough to lean
into what my story was telling me.


10.  If people can buy or read one book this week or
month, why should it be yours?  
The Alone Time is immersive, escapism thriller fiction that checks all the boxes
for suspense readers: Secrets hidden in the past? Check; Dueling, estranged
sisters? Check; True crime documentary? Check; Revelations from the wild
returning to upend the carefully constructed lives of the adult sisters in the
present? Oh, yes. Double check.


Elle Marr is the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling
author of The Family BonesStrangers We KnowLies
We Bury
, and The Missing Sister. Originally from Sacramento,
Elle graduated from UC San Diego before moving to France, where she earned a
master’s degree from the

Sorbonne University in Paris. She now lives
and writes in Oregon with her family.  For
more information, check out Elle Marr on Instagram, TikTok & Facebook:
ellemarrauthor Twitter: ellemarr_ and on her website:


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