We hope that you enjoy getting to know one of your favorite authors a little more through this interview!
OUAC: Elizabeth, thank you so much for joining Once Upon a Chapter today! First of all, I want to say I’m reading your Princes trilogy. I just started Simon’s book today actually. I adore the series and can’t wait to polish of you back list!
What inspired you to write historical romance?
Elizabeth: I’ve always read historicals so when I first decided to start writing I naturally gravitated to them. I like the Georgian time period because it was a time of changing social mores and revolutionary new ideas. I also think it’s interesting to explore the extreme social differences.
OUAC: In the Princes trilogy, fairy tales are incorporated into the story. Do fairy tales hold a special place in your heart?
Elizabeth: I’ve always been very interested in fairy tales, myths, and legends. I’m often asked where I get the fairy tales in my books. I write them myself, although they’re often based on myths and fairy tales. “The Raven Prince” the story within my first book THE RAVEN PRINCE, is based on the myth of Psyche and Eros, for instance.
OUAC: Speaking of special places in the heart, what are some of your favorite books?
Elizabeth: It’s hard to choose favorites, but some of mine are: SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER MY by Lisa Kleypas, IN MY WILDEST DREAMS by Christina Dodd, and DEVIL’S BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens.
OUAC: Do you have any books in your To Be Read pile?
Elizabeth: I have an entire bookshelf of TBR books. 😉 At the moment I’m reading THE PERFECT POISON by Amanda Quick.
OUAC: When you’re not reading or writing what else do you enjoy doing?
Elizabeth: I have a large flower garden and three dogs that want to be walked nearly constantly.
OUAC: A novella e-book, The Ice Princess, was recently released. It is related to the Princes trilogy. Can you tell us a little about it?
Elizabeth: There’s a secondary character in THE RAVEN PRINCE, Coral Smythe, who ends up in that book as the madam of a brothel. In THE ICE PRINCESS she meets her match in Captain Isaac Wargate, a strict navy man. He wins a game of chance and seven nights with Coral. THE ICE PRINCESS is about what happens in those seven nights.
OUAC: What made you want to revisit Coral?
Elizabeth: I got a ton of email from readers who wanted to know what had happened to Coral. 😉
OUAC: Could you tell us a little bit about Wicked Intentions or your upcoming release Notorious Pleasures?
Elizabeth: WICKED INTENTIONS is the first book in my Maiden Lane series. The series takes place in early Georgian London (1730’s) and involves the social upheaval that was going on at that time. Gin had become a terrible scourge in the poorer parts of London—it was cheap and plentiful and many people became addicted to drink. Here’s the back blurb for WICKED INTENTIONS:
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows the area like the back of her hand—she cares for its children at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as a cold bargain soon falls prey to a passion neither can control—and may well destroy them both.
NOTORIOUS PLEASURES is the second book in the series—it’ll be out in February 2011—and it’s about the daughter of a duke who has found the perfect man to marry—only to meet his very imperfect brother.
OUAC: Do you currently have anything you’re working on that you can talk about?
Elizabeth: I’m working on the third book in the Maiden Lane series, SCANDALOUS DESIRES. It should be out in late 2011.
OUAC: Who was your favorite hero to write?
Elizabeth: It’s usually whatever hero I’m writing at the moment. 😉 I did find that Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale from TO SEDUCE A SINNER was a particular challenge. I’d set him up in the first book of the Legend of the Four Soldiers, TO TASTE TEMPTATION, as something of a clown—he liked to be the life of the party. So when I wrote TO SEDUCE A SINNER I needed to keep Vale true to the character I’d set up while also making him heroic. Interestingly TO SEDUCE A SINNER is the only one of my books (to date) in which the first scene is from the hero’s point of view.
OUAC: Who was your favorite heroine to write?
Elizabeth: I enjoyed writing Lucy from THE SERPENT PRINCE. I think the heroine I’m writing right now (Silence Makepeace) will be very interesting.
OUAC: The famous question: You’re deserted on an island and can only have three things with you. What would they be?
Elizabeth: A knife, a pen, and paper. Probably matches would be a good idea, but if I’m stuck on an island, I figure I’ll have time to figure out how to start a fire.
OUAC: Since you’ve started writing, tell us about one significant moment or milestone that stands out in your mind.
Elizabeth: A couple of years ago, when people were first beginning to recognize my name at conferences, a reader saw my nametag in an elevator and was so excited she missed her floor. That was fun! 😉
OUAC: Before we wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Elizabeth: Thank you for interviewing me!
OUAC: And thank you so much for joining us!