Thursday, May 16, 2013

Author Interview: Ashley Elston (author of The Rules for Disappearing)

Welcome to my stop on THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING blog tour organized by Shane @ Itching for Books! She has some amazing tours so do check her site out.

Today, I have an interview with Ashley, in which she mentions Etienne St. Clair (awww) and Julia Roberts and gives us some exclusive information about the book.


She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky... But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself. 

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.

Expected Publication: May 14th 2013

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Purchase: Amazon



You are advertising your book on TV, come up with a catchy tagline!
Never tell anyone your secrets.

Describe Meg and Ethan in three words each.
Meg: Strong, loyal, determined
Ethan: Smart, trustworthy, adorable

Which fake identity did Meg had the most fun with? (Maybe something to do with the hair color?)
Without giving too much away – probably her time in Florida. Who wouldn’t want to spend every day at the beach?

If your characters had the chance to talk to you face to face, what would they each say?
I can’t believe you did this to us.

What was your inspiration for this book? And, why write about the Witness Protection Program?
I wanted to tell the story of a girl who had to hide her true identity and how tough that would be. I’ve always been fascinated by the Witness Protection Program and thought it made a great backdrop for a thriller.

What was one unexpected thing that surprised you in the process of writing this novel?
What surprised me the most was how many talented people it takes to get a book out into the world.


If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Ummm…I guess Julia Roberts because I love her smile and she always seems so happy.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Titles are so hard! I guess… Laissez le bon temps rouler
(For any of you wondering, that means "let the good times roll"!)

Tell me about the worst date in your life.
A boy from another high school invited me to his prom. It was on a riverboat and he was the only person I knew. Once the boat left the dock, we were stuck there. It was the longest four hours of my life.

If you could travel back and forth in time, which era or time period would you choose?
Roaring 20s! I would love to be in a flapper dress listening to jazz music in a dance hall.

Kiss. Kill. Marry. (Your choice.)
Kiss: Etienne St. Clair
Kill: King Leck
Marry: Etienne St. Clair (Love him!)


Heels or sneakers? Sneakers

Thrillers or Romantic Comedies? Both – depends on the mood!

Big Bad Wolf or Prince Charming? While the Big Bad Wolf might be exciting, Prince Charming wins for the long haul

Thai food or Chinese food? Yum! I love both but eat more Chinese food since there’s not a Thai restaurant where I live.

Twilight or Harry Potter? Always Harry.



Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.

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  1. Great interview. Thanks for participating.

  2. This was a fantastic interview. It is always Harry Potter for me, too. I enjoyed learning more about the author.

    The Witness Protection Program has always fascinated me- and this book sounds SO good. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks, Jess! :)

      Same for me too, HP triumphs all other books for me <3 Books about the Witness Protection Program does have a lot of possibilities - think of all the identities and the restrictions!


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