Think, Secrets of the Zodiac series and Regency Rhapsody series. Then, think, Scandal at Dawn and A Voice at Midnight. Actually, further think, Lady in Pearls and Honor & Roses. I could go on, but, yes, it’s Elizabeth Cole!
Among everything that is going on at the moment, I was still able to interview the wonderful Elizabeth Cole. As a lover of Regency Romance novels and novellas, I was highly attracted to her Regency Rhapsody series, and would recommend anyone to read it.
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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be writer. When I was little, I’d scribble loops on paper because that was “writing.” Wasted a lot of paper! But eventually, I learned some words and really got going.
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
I love romance because it’s an essentially optimistic genre. Lovers will be united, good will triumph, and evil will be vanquished…usually. Not all stories follow all the rules, but a Happily Ever After is guaranteed. Considering all the negative and depressing things a person can encounter in a day, it’s heartening to know that a romance novel won’t let you down. As for difficulty, it’s really no different than any other story. Some people think romance is easy to write (obviously, they’ve not tried to write one). Romance is challenging to write because there are many pieces to move about and assemble just so. It’s sort of like a complicated board game. To win, you need to have everything in place just in time for the big reveal, which has to appear very natural.
Readers want to be pulled along emotionally, but I have to be very logical and precise in creating each story.
I love to incorporate some mystery into my romance stories, so there’s always an element of intrigue or a puzzle to be solved.
I want readers to not only root for the heroine and hero, but to also be excited to reach the part of the story where all is revealed!
That way, the characters aren’t just falling in love with each other—they are both in a complex world where stuff is happening, and the clock is ticking. Tension is an inherent part of romance as well as mystery. It makes sense to combine them to increase the tension for the reader.
What do you enjoy about writing?
Definitely the fact that I can sit on my couch in jammies, and still call it working. That’s pretty sweet.
I usually write a bit in the morning and then again in the afternoon. I like to write in chunks, like a 1000 words at a time. But art the beginning of a project, like when I’m just starting a new idea for a book, I’ll write for hours at a time for a few days straight. Thanks, caffeine!
What is your favourite book that you have written?
I can’t say, for fear of upsetting the other titles.
What is your favourite book that you have read and author?
I’d be here all day, trying to decide! For romance, I’m a big fan of both Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. They have been writing such consistently good work for years—I always trust them and know I’ll get a wonderful story each time.
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Read romance. Read more romance. Keep reading. Write your heart out and accept that most of your early work will be dreck (mine was!). Keep writing. Get better.
The romance writers’ community is very welcoming and non-snobbish, so reach out to a local chapter of whatever the national romance writers’ association is in your country, or find an online romance group (such as Romance Divas), and you’ll find support and new friends.
Favourite food? Whatever someone puts in front of me!
If you were to create your own fantasy land, how would you describe it?
Imagine Disneyland, but free. Also, there are no crowds or crying.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to paid to make stuff up!
Elizabeth recently released her new book, Choose the Sky from her Swordcross Knight series.
Here’s a small description:
Lady Domina is playing a daring game. After her father falls gravely ill, she hides the truth of his condition and continues to rule in his name. Then one of the king’s knights arrives on royal business, and she must find a way to deceive the arrogant, handsome intruder.
Sir Luc of Braecon is fiercely loyal to the king. His battle scars prove it. When he is ordered to investigate reports of an insurrection, he swears to find the traitor. The first clues lead him directly to the Lady Domina. As the relentless knight exposes one secret after another, he finds nothing about the tantalizing lady is what it seems.
Soon Domina and Luc are locked in a dance of deception, lust, and betrayal, each turn bringing them closer to a finale where winner takes all. Considering the stakes, the real danger is falling in love…
Book link: http://elizabethcole.co/choose-the-sky
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