Welcome, Eliza! I think this is your second visit here so thanks so much for coming back to enduring another grilling by yours truly :) You're backlist is forever growing, you are one busy lady! Can't wait to find out how you do it...
1) What is your writing routine?
I was very disciplined for awhile. Now, the more books I have out, the less organized I am. I’m one of those people who gets more done when there’s more to do. I need more WIP’s to stay on target.
2) Which author/s inspire you to write?
Different authors inspire me in various ways. JR Ward inspires me to go darker with snappier dialogue for my heroes. CL Wilson makes me want to build a better world. Christine Feehan inspires me to deeper internal emotional relationships. Nora Roberts makes me feel like a sloth I write so slowly.
3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
I love reading paranormal romance. I think it my favorite to write, but it’s also the most challenging for me. World building is something I have to work at.
4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?
I have a noose hanging from a tree out back... No
I recently decided to write the books “I” want to write. The ones I love and enjoy being inside the covers with are going to fill me with joy and when I’m finished I hope the readers will love them as well.
5) What do you expect from an editor?
I want my editor to be my harshest critic and my most avid cheerleader. I guess that sums it up.
6) Tell me about your latest release
Dual Bondage: Roped and Tied published by Siren Publishing and released through Bookstrand.com is the second book in my Hollywood Cowboys ménage series. In the first book Any Way West, Trey Barnes is the conduit to bringing Carly and Jake back together again. In Dual Bondage, Trey’s twin (yum yum), Marc, rides in on a Harley and plays a tattooed “cupid” in leather for Trey and Mariah. The story takes place in Vegas, where Mariah explores all the fantasies available in a BDSM club.
The research was... What can I say...? Interesting?
7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt
Here’s the blurb and a short excerpt exclusively for your readers. Two other excerpts are available at the BUY site.
[Ménage and More: Erotic Cowboy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, with M/M and M/M/F not involving heroes/heroine, BDSM, orgies, public exhibition, sex toys]
Desperate to fulfill her fantasies, BDSM and a ménage with the Barnes twins tests Mariah O’Donnell’s boundaries: Marc the master instructor with a dark past and secret baggage—Trey the charismatic charmer with a slow hand and a gentle touch.
Trey Barnes’s production contract has a morality clause, and the one woman who turns him inside out is testing his mettle. His competent location manager is trying to seduce him. Forgetting Mariah means bedding every available woman. Only it’s not working.
After unsuccessfully seducing her boss, Mariah is hot, horny, and furious. Until Trey’s roped and tied beneath her, revenge sex with his twin may be a daunting diversion, but Marc wants Trey to see how much Mariah cares.
Trey wants Mariah too much to resist the ménage she offers. If he wants a shot at happiness, he’ll have to find a way around the contract.
A Siren Erotic Romance
Mariah imagined his breath hovering over her breasts and trembled. “I’ll bet there’s never been a woman born who could turn you down.”
“Including me, if I believed you were serious.”
“I was serious, Mariah.” His lowered voice went all gravelly, sending tingling sensations to her nipples. “Something about you… I don’t know. You make me want to be different. Gentler.” His next words were almost a rugged rasp of air when he grunted out, “I am fucking serious.”
She sensed he was genuinely aroused and frustrated. So was she. The moistness between her thighs felt almost slick when he moved behind her. He wrapped an arm around her waist, clasping her body against his, and his erection stabbed insistently into the cleft of her ass.
“If it’s my brother you really want…”
She stiffened in his embrace when he mentioned Trey, but he didn’t release her. “I don’t know.”
His grip tightened slightly. She liked his firm control.
“Is it wrong to want you both?” Was it? Should she react like this to Marc when she felt the way she did about Trey? Was it wrong to want both men, and what each could offer? Would Trey resent her for offering herself up to both of them?
“I can assure you, we’ve never had a problem sharing before. I like to dominate. He likes to soothe. It works out best for both of us and our partner.”
Her heart pounded in her ears, and she held her breath. She didn’t respond when he continued explaining, “He’s the sensitive one, slow hands and detail-oriented. I’m the one who’ll give you a hard, fast ride without missing a beat.”
8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?
Marc. No doubt about it. He’s the bad boy with attitude and a little sense of humor. He’s damaged and redeemable. I’m a sucker for a wounded hero. The harder they are, the more the challenge. He was also so much fun to write, I’m thinking about writing him some more. We’ll see.
9) What are you working on right now?
I’m a frustrated writer of vampire stories. So far, I’ve written, were-wolves, shifters, unicorns, succubae, dragons, fae, and only God know what, but I haven’t completed either one of my vampire books. I’m ready to finish one soon... Someone, hold my feet to the fire!
10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Your words aren’t golden. If an agent or editor suggests revising, try it. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, but keep an open mind. If someone is willing to invest their time in you, it’s probably a good thing. Listen to all advice – take what you want and discard the rest. Some things will work for you others won’t.
11) Where can readers find you?
My website ( http://elizamarch.com ) is an embarrassment at the moment. I spend so much time blogging ( http://elizamarch.blogspot.com ) that’s where I focus all the most up to date information. Some of you may not know I write romantic suspense under the name Elizabeth Marchat, the full length novel from Siren is called Across a Crowded Room. All my other books are available at Bookstrand.
Great interview, Eliza - and fantastic advice on many levels, right from editors through to writing what you want to write rather than what you THINK others want. This never works. I know this from personal experience and my writing friends experiences. If you don't love your story, no one else will. Fact.
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