We had the good fortune of connecting with Elle Jauffret and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elle, how do you think about risk?
I think risk is an integral part of life whether we realize it or not—from deciding to get married, starting a new business, moving to a foreign country without speaking the language, standing up against bullies or for a cause, or simply daring to be our genuine selves in today’s society. For me taking risks is necessary to live a full, satisfying life. It’s the only way to grow and challenge myself, and fight complacency.

Risks have played a major role in my life since I had to reinvent myself and change my career paths several times throughout my life. I rejected a Fulbright scholarship and left the comfort of my birth country (France) to be with my future husband. I was a young lawyer at the time and I had to restart my legal career from scratch in the USA, in a new language. I tirelessly self-studied English and took college classes. Four years later, I graduated from the George Washington University law school and was inducted into the International Legal Honor Society.

I took another big risk when I set my financially rewarding future as a Merger & Acquisition lawyer aside to raise my children and help them face the challenges of my husband’s military career (changes of duty station and deployments), but then I passed the California Bar and settled in San Diego. I did a stint as a criminal attorney for the California Attorney General’s office and decided to go solo to have a more flexible schedule and write novels. Submitting my fiction in a very competitive industry is rough and being rejected is never pleasant, but I eventually signed with a literary agent to represent my work. Having my work published for the world to see, in print or online, is also taking the risk of being judged.

The key to risk-taking is to follow your heart with the counsel of your brain and the support of your loved ones.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a fiction writer with legal training, writing is second nature to me (in French as well as in English). It’s also a physical need. The biggest challenges for writers are 1) finding the time to write and 2) being read, noticed, and paid in our overcrowded world. The best way to do this is to write whenever I get a few minutes and to be my most genuine self and “get out there” —which is the reason why I maintain an instagram presence. I believe my bilingualism, biculturalism, and my varied work experiences have given me a unique perspective on the world. I love writing adventure-mystery stories for middle schoolers as well as suspense novels for adults. While my novels always include historical or scientific elements and are filled with hope, my short stories tend to be darker, socio-political commentaries on present legal issues. In three words, my brand can be described as adventurous, daring, and fun.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To show my friends the best time in San Diego, we would spend the mornings at La Jolla Shores (surfing, kayaking, or snorkeling), have lunch in La Jolla (at El Pescador, George’s at The Cove or We Olive), and spend the afternoon in Balboa Park both trekking or visiting museums (especially the Mingei, MOPA, and Reuben Science Center). If we were in July, I would definitely take them to ComicCon. In the evening, we would attend an author event at my favorite bookstores (Mysterious Galaxy and Warwick’s). For dinner, we would enjoy a meal in different neighborhoods from Pacific Beach and the Gaslamp Quarter (Nobu) to Little Italy and Liberty Station (Stone Brewing). On Sunday, we would enjoy brunch at Del Coronado Hotel.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am grateful for my family as my husband and children have always been supportive of my writing (my husband reads everything I write). Writing is a lonely endeavor and I couldn’t have pushed through without the moral support and friendships of fellow writers. The 2015 Pitch Wars mentees (online group), SCBWI, and the Writers Coffeehouse community (led by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry) have been essential to my budding writing career.

Website: http://ellejauffret.com/

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