The Single Best Thing by Elaine Spires / #Interview #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @ElaineSWriter



Almost four years have passed since Melv followed Eve back to England refusing to throw away their long awaited chance of lasting love and happiness. Much has happened in that time. No longer a tour manager for Travel Together, Eve is enjoying unexpected success in her new career. Has she forgiven him for hurting her so deeply? Was her love for him simply enough? And what about her own dark secret?

Provoking smiles and tears this glimpse into Eve’s future brings the Singles’ Series to its final conclusion




Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

I’ve never read any.  I’m not sure they would be my cup of tea but there are bloggers whose opinions I value who rave about them so perhaps I should try.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

From my own sense of curiosity. Although not a great reader himself, my dad taught me to read before I went to school.  As a child I loved nothing more than losing myself in a book and my favourite day of the week was Saturday when I’d go to the local library and change my two books – you were only allowed to take out two in those days!  Unfortunately, I’d usually finished them by Tuesday!  As an adult I got my mum interested in reading when she came to visit me on holiday and from then on she became an avid reader, too.

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

No. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone real! I tend to fall back on them for the nasty or idiot characters that frequently turn up in my books.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I usually have a long hard think, whether they’ve got a family connection or a name that’s popular in their culture/area/country of origin. Sometimes I Google to see what names were popular in their year of birth. And sometimes I just think “She/he seems like a ….(whatever!)”

Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?

Plays. Both full length and one-act. I co-wrote a short film in 2018 – Only the Lonely – which was directed by Clare Holman and starred Anna Calder Marshall which did very well on the festival circuit winning the Groucho Club Best Short Film and was also awarded two Silvers in WOFFF.

If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

I would rather they showed it the way I created it but realistically when that happens (when not if!) it’s likely to be ‘based on’. I’d be happy with that. (Universe, are you listening?)

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

The Queen, Maya Angelou, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams,  Margaret Thatcher,  William Shakespeare, Afra Benn, Agatha Christie,  Michelle Obama,  Jackie Collins,  Marilyn Monroe, Ann Hegarty, George Harrison,  Elvis,  – the list is endless!

Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

Not really.  Although I am now writing The Banjo Book Two and reached out to a whole group of people who were living in Dagenham in the 70s and 80s (I spent much of that time abroad) for their memories and info and I also spoke to an ex-police officer to run something by them.

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

A writing dilemma? Sometimes.  As a self-published author I tend to chat to other Indies for promotional rather than creative advice.  Nicola May is always wonderfully generous with ideas and advice.

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

I prefer to have some feedback which will (hopefully) appeal to others who don’t know my work and encourage them to download or buy my books.  Reviews are life’s blood to authors and I really wish everyone would write a review after reading a book, especially if they’ve enjoyed it.

Thank you, Elaine Spires and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.  Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019.  Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019!  Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.


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