Interview with WILD CRUSH Author Simone Elkeles


I am so excited to be able to share a short Q&A with Author Simone Elkeles on the blog today in which she talks about her upcoming release WILD CRUSH.

Simone Elkeles is an amazing author and this second book in her Wild Cards series is one I’ve been anxiously awaiting. Thankfully the wait is almost over – just three more days until its release!

If you haven’t yet heard about this series by the author, details about each of the books follows at the end of the post. If you have and have already pre-ordered your copy (or plan to) be sure to check out the amazing Sweepstakes Simone Elkeles is hosting over on her blog.

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The Interview

Q&A with Simone Elkeles

Q. WILD CRUSH’s description calls Vic a bad boy and a rule breaker. How would you describe him?

Vic is a guy who has been brought down by his abusive father. His father also doesn’t respect him and told him he was worthless throughout his life. Vic has a huge wall up and doesn’t let a lot of people in. He also doesn’t think he’s worthy of good things. He’s got a lot of friends, but doesn’t let many people into his private world. But he’s passionate and loyal to the people he cares about. He’s always ready to fight for them and sacrifice himself, even if he gets in trouble.

Q. What is it about Vic that finally draws Monika to him?

Monika has always known that Vic is loyal and she’s always respected the fact that he fights for what he’s passionate about and the people he cares about. Monika wants a guy who’s loyal and caring – not someone self-absorbed and condescending. Vic makes Monika feel alive and that she’s a priority. Don’t we all want to feel that way?

Q. What do you love most about writing about rule breakers and bad boys?

We all see bad boys on the outside and think they’re thugs or just evil. But when I write a rule-breaker or bad boy, I like to get down to the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of what made them a bad boy. With Alex in Perfect Chemistry, he’s tough because he has to be. It’s kind of a “survival of the fittest” kind of thing. He does it to protect his family. In Wild Crush, Vic has been brought down by his father so many times he doesn’t think he’s worthy of being a “good guy.” He has to figure that out by taking the journey he will embark on in Wild Crush!

About Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.

Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (She also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books.) Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.




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Title & Series: WILD CRUSH (Wild Cards #2)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Release date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Formats: eBook


When the only girl you want is the one you can’t have…

Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don’t make a move on your best friend’s girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn’t matter that he’s had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits.

Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trusts is the one she shouldn’t confide in. Vic.

As Vic struggles to keep his distance, and Monika struggles with her secrets, will their wild connection violate every rule both vowed never to break—about relationships, about friendship, about love?

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About BETTER THAN PERFECT (formerly Wild Cards)


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Title & Series: BETTER THAN PERFECT (Wild Cards #1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Release date: October 1, 2013 | August 5, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover (Wild Cards), paperback, audio, eBook


Ashtyn’s life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister’s back at home after ten years – with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car – Ashtyn’s only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she’ll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek’s flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.


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