Friday, January 18, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Breathe by Elena Dillon

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. Please welcome Elena Dillon as she talks about the setting for Breathe.


A lot of people ask me why I chose Lafayette, Louisiana for the setting of Breathe. I’m a native Californian and I have never lived anywhere else. I am, however, a travel agent. I love to travel. I’ve been many places and I have always wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else. I find the South fascinating, the people, the atmosphere, the accents and, of course, the food.

I think my fascination started with books like Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and Prince of Tides. The family and personal connections, the characters who said so much but so little at the same time, the humor, the sorrow and the love for the places they lived. I have only experienced that in books and movies. I have never seen that kind of love for home here where I live and it seems common in the South.

Louisiana seems mysterious and lovely at the same time. I was interested in the culture and the French influence. In Breathe, Jasmine and her family needed a place big enough to not stand out but still seem like a small town so Lafayette was my choice.

I enjoyed all the research I did on Lafayette and I hope I did right by it. I plan on continuing to write about the South. My second book is based near Charleston, South Carolina, in a beautiful, coastal town and I’m hoping to publish it in March.


About the Author
Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self-proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

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Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

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  1. This sounds intriguing.

  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I am enjoying your site!

  3. Sounds like a great read! I'll have to add it to my wishlist! Thanks!

  4. The research would have been fun I think. I do like books set in the South.

  5. Breathe certainly sounds intriguing. I love the local and generally really enjoy stories that take place there. Thank you for sharing with us today.