Author Elizabeth Hoyt is with us today at Book Binge to celebrate the release of the third book in her Legend of the Four Soldiers Series, To Beguile a Beast. I was blown away by The Raven Prince and have been a fan of Elizabeth's books ever since. I also really enjoy her contemps, writing as Julia Harper.
Book Binge: Can you tell us a little bit about the first book you wrote?
Elizabeth Hoyt: The first book I wrote was THE RAVEN PRINCE, which was published in 2006. Here’s a short description of THE RAVEN PRINCE:
There comes a time in a woman’s life when she must do the unthinkable—and find employment. For widowed Anna Wren, that means taking a job as female secretary for the Earl of Swartingham. Secretaries are always male—never female—as Anna well knows, but the real downfall of her career is the realization that she is falling in love with Edward de Raaf—the earl. But when she realizes that he is going to visit a brothel in London to take care of his 'manly' desires, Anna sees red—and decides to take advantage of the opportunity to also take care of her 'womanly' desires—with the earl as her unknowing lover. But the earl has another reason for going to London. He is formalizing his betrothal and trying (with little success) to forget about a secretary who has no right being female. Unhandsome, he knows that no woman wants him. Except for the mysterious lady with whom he spent two unforgettable nights at Aphrodite’s Grotto, the most scandalous brothel in London. But when Anna’s plan is revealed, a bit of blackmail is thrown into the mix, a proposal is rejected and even the earl himself will be unprepared for the intrigues that ensnare them.
BB: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
EH: I didn’t even consider writing until I was thirty-five.
BB: What’s your writing schedule like?
EH: I generally try to do most of my writing in the morning before noon. I have a critique partner and we’ll often meet in coffee shops to write and talk. In the afternoon I do business stuff—like answering this interview ;-).
BB: Do you use an outline or do you fly by the seat of your pants when you write?
EH: I outline scene by scene and I also have pretty extensive character studies.
BB: Of all your books (EH and JH), which one do you think is the best?
EH: Well, that’s a hard question! ;-) I think THE SERPENT PRINCE is the most structurally sound.
BB: How difficult is it to go from writing historical romances as Elizabeth Hoyt to fun contemporary romances as Julia Harper?
EH: It’s actually pretty easy for me.
BB: Do you enjoy writing historical or contemporaries more?
EH: I enjoy writing them both, which is why I write them both. In my contemporaries I’m thinking about fast pacing, complicated plots, and clever dialogue. In my historicals I’m thinking about emotional depth, complex underlying themes and clever dialogue (that at least is the same between cub genres.) If I get tired of writing one sub genre I can go and write the other. That way everything stays fresh for me as I’m writing and I think it makes for better books.
BB: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
EH: Write a lot, preferably every day. Writing is a craft that you can only learn by doing it. And if you’re interested in writing romance, I do think that joining the Romance Writers of America is very useful.
BB: To readers that haven’t read any of your books, which book would you recommend and why?
EH: I think I’d recommend THE RAVEN PRINCE since it’s my first book—and it’s still very popular with readers. ;-)
BB: Can you tell us a little bit about The Ice Princess, the free e-book?
EH: THE ICE PRINCESS is a free novella that I’ll be writing all during 2009. Each month I’ll post a new chapter on my website. The novella features reader favorite Coral Smythe who was the Aphrodite of Aphrodite’s Grotto in THE RAVEN PRINCE. Here’s the blurb for THE ICE PRINCESS:
SEVEN NIGHTS OF SIN
As the madam of Aphrodite’s Grotto, the most infamous brothel in London, Coral Smythe knows everything possible about men’s needs and desires. Yet she’s never experienced the love of a single man—not even that of Captain Isaac Wargate whose hawk-like eyes stare at her with both condemnation…and lust.
SEVEN NIGHTS OF ECSTASY
Captain Wargate heartily disapproves of the sensuous madam who always wears a golden mask. She lures his officers from both his ship and their duty. But when Coral herself is offered up as the prize in a game of chance, Wargate impulsively enters…and wins.
SEVEN NIGHTS OF LOVE
Now the puritanical navy captain has just seven nights to learn everything he can about the mysterious madam and what she knows of a man’s desires. But when Coral is threatened by the new owner of Aphrodite’s Grotto, will Wargate take a chance on the woman beneath the mask…and on love?
The first three chapters are already up on my website.
BB: What’s next up on your writing schedule?
EH: Right now I’m starting a brand new series which I’m very excited about! The books will be about London and delve a bit more into the underworld of Georgian England. The book I’m working on now has a heroine who runs a foundling home in St. Giles. The hero is an aristocrat whose mistress was murdered. He’s now roaming the streets of St. Giles to find the murderer, but he needs the heroine’s guidance so they strike an uneasy bargain.
This isn’t writing related, but I do want to mention that we’re doing a complete make-over of my website. It goes live April 28th, so if readers haven’t visited in a while, they might want to stop by! www.elizabethhoyt.com.
BB: Who is your favorite romance author?
EH: I don’t have a single one! I read across romance subgenres so I have dozens. Here’s a few off the top of my head: Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Karen Rose.
BB: What is your favorite romance to re-read? Are you a re-reader?
EH: I do re-read! I find myself re-reading almost all of Linda Howard’s books. I’ve been thinking it’s been a while since I last read DUNCAN’S BRIDE. ;-)
BB: What/who is your inspiration?
EH: I’m inspired by really good writing. I’ve had my breath taken away by Stephanie Lauren’s movement within a scene, Suzanne Brockmann’s dialogue, and Nalini Singh’s passion.
Coffee or soda? Coffee
Hawaii or Mexico? Mexico—for the archaeological sites!
Fly or drive? fly
Chocolate or vanilla? chocolate
Purses or shoes? both!
Rain or snow? snow
Cook or take-out? take out
Elizabeth is going to give an autographed copy of To Beguile a Beast away and we're going to throw in two more copies. All you have to do is tell us what your favorite Elizabeth Hoyt or Julia Harper book is. If you haven't read either EH or JH, tell us which one appeals to you the most.
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