Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to talk to us about her Accidental Roots series. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Thank you, Jay, for having me today!

A question authors are often asked is, ‘are you a plotter or a pantser?’

How about I share my Grandmother’s biscuit recipe? Or, yes, I am a pantser, (I’ll get back to the biscuits).

Right off the bat I’ll tell you I’m primarily a pantser: I have an idea; I do some research I write the words.

Let me tell you a story about how my family cooks.

This is going to involve some backstory, my family – my mother’s family because I didn’t grow up with my dad’s family around and, from what I know of them now, I don’t think any of them cook much more than grilled cheese sandwiches—but my family are original foodies; I love grilled cheese by the way.

We used to have monthly themed dinners, Mexican, French, Chinese—someone would pick a main dish and everyone else had to bring appetizers, sides and desserts that complimented the main dish. This was in the 1970s—I can assure you we had some weird stuff, once it was recipes from a medieval cookbook—and this was Seattle still a small city, the only place to get many ‘unusual’ ingredients was Pike Place Market.

The dinners were boisterous affairs, my parent’s friends (and my maternal grandparents) packed themselves around our tiny dining room table and enjoyed a great meal. The dinner’s stopped when one husband had an affair with one of the wives who was in an open marriage and a third starting dating someone my mom didn’t like…anyway.

The cooking of these meals was when things would go a little wonky. Not once, not twice, but every single time, my mom would start to prepare the dish the following happened:


Followed by a little silence and then, “hmmmm.”

More silence, my mom peering at the cook book suspiciously as if it had somehow betrayed her.

“I guess I should’ve read the recipe all the way through, it was supposed to marinate overnight.”


“Oh, this calls for ‘such and such’ we don’t have that, I’ll just leave it out or substitute with this other thing.”

Once I actually baked a cake using mayonnaise because we were out of eggs (I was eight), I figured mayonnaise was all eggs therefore…it worked too, the cake rose but it tasted disgusting. Too this day I don’t think anything has ever been marinated overnight in my house.

This approach is a lot like how I write.

I start off with an idea and run with it. Usually, about a third of the way through the WIP, I get to the part where my mom would’ve said –‘this should’ve marinated for a zillion hours’, and I have to go back to where the marinating should have been and tweak, add the correct spices, do a little more leg work then I did at the beginning then I’m off again.

Every time I swear to myself, I won’t do that again and yet…here I am. With my current WIP.

Which brings me to: *the reason Elle sets deadlines*

I set deadlines for myself, I am self-published author I don’t actually have to set deadline because one of the wonders of self-pubbing is, I can hit that button whenever I want to. But I do set them, deadlines, and apparently, I like nothing better than to race like an author possessed toward them full freaking speed ahead, warp eleven, and Scotti better be manning the engine cause this author has no brakes!

Kinda like my mom and those dinners, absolutely nothing was getting in her way of dinner getting on the table. Dinner always made it to the table.

My grandmother’s biscuits?

She never wrote the recipe down, she refused too, but here it is:

About 2 cups flour, a pinch of salt and twice as much baking powder—maybe a tablespoon, enough cold butter (grated) so when you blend it in with a fork the flour makes little peas. Cold water or milk, but not so much the dough gets liquidy, add it little drips at a time. When the dough just holds together, dump it onto a floured cutting board and knead-but not too much, maybe six times. Run a rolling pin over it a couple times, turn it over and use the rolling pin twice again and then cut out with a biscuit form. Bake in the oven at 425 F for about twelve minutes, but this can be adjusted if there are other things in the oven.

Voila! I made it back to the beginning, I closed the loop.

What’s cooking right now is the first book in my new series. The series is titled ‘Never Too Late’ and the first book will be ‘Trusting the Elements’. It’s simmering, I’ve got all the ingredients I just need to pummel them into the right order.

Thank you for dropping by and reading my post!!

Psst: My first series is titled Accidental Roots, it’s primarily romantic suspense there’s an overarching mystery and individual romantic arcs in each of the nine books. The first in the series is free (FREE!) so if romantic suspense appeals please do click over to where you purchase e-books and pick it up!


Thanks for stopping by, I’m Elle Keaton and I hail from the northwet corner of the US where we are known for rain, rain and more rain. I write the Accidental Roots series, set here in the Pacific Northwest featuring hot mm romance and the guarantee of a happy ending for my men. They start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

I started writing way back when but only began publishing about two and a half years ago and now have nine books out. Each features a couple in my little universe, sometimes there is added mystery and suspense.

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