Author Interview with Elsa Winckler

Cover Love, in writing

A hardcore Science Fiction writer and a soft-hearted romance novelist clash on the sunny South African coast…

Margaret Parker is a hopeless romantic whose fantasies fuel her writing. For Graham Connelly, science fiction is the perfect genre to express his cynical world view. A chance meeting in a lift leaves them both interested and aroused — with no clue as to the other’s identity.

Margaret has been looking for a face to match her new fictional hero —and Graham’s is it. Graham has been looking for proof that innocence and optimism still exist — and he’s found it in Margaret. But fantasy isn’t reality, and both Margaret and Graham are used to controlling their fictional worlds. Can they step off the pages long enough to find their own happy-ever-after?

Book Related Questions:

1. What is your latest book about?

Margaret Parker is a hopeless romantic whose fantasies fuel her writing. For Graham Connelly, science fiction is the perfect genre to express his cynical world view. To be able to find their own happy-ever-after, they will have to step off the pages of their writing and suspend their disbelief.

2. What is the inspiration behind your book?

The idea of a bookshop where all the books have happy endings! Can you image how delightful that must be J

3. What’s your favorite scene in your book? Can you describe the scene?

She visits him on his farm near Stellenbosch. She wasn’t going to stay over, but he invites friends over, and when they left it is quite late. He asks her to stay. Trying to do the right thing, he shows her all the guest bedrooms. She walks past all of them though and chooses the main bedroom. His room.

4. Imagine you are trapped on a deserted island. Which character would you prefer to be stuck with, and why?

Oh, Graham, of course. He is cynical, but a nice guy deep down. And he is of course, gorgeous.

5. What makes your book stand out from all the others on the market?

I think the South African setting? Many readers have never been here and the background to this story is the beautiful Western Cape region.

6. What do you want to resonate with readers when they read “The End”?

How lucky these two are to have found each other.

Fun Trivia:

1. Coffee or chocolate? You can only choose one!


2. Favorite movie or TV show?

Gone with the wind

3. Book that made you laugh hysterically, shed tears, or want to change the world?

The Language of Flowers by Venessa Diffenbaugh – I cried for days

4. If you could write in any other genre, what would it be? Why?

Paranormal. It tickles me on a certain level. The ‘what if?’ in any given situation needs to be explored J

5. What was the first romance novel you ever read?

I don’t remember! I’ve just always loved any story with a happy ending.

6. What do you think is the most important element a book needs to be successful?

This is a difficult one. But I think in a romance, specifically, it’s all about the emotion. If an author manages to bring that across, the book will be successful.

7. How can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing? (Be sure to include social media links!)








I have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when IIMGP9652 ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I was hooked for life. To try and write a love story was a natural next step and so far nine of my stories have been published in Afrikaans. This will be my first English romance.

I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 38 years, 3 beautiful and interesting children and two grandchildren, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exciting and interesting one!

I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.



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