New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author  Elizabeth Hoyt
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job. Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories. Since then Elizabeth has written eleven books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasuresand the upcoming Scandalous Desires.) All of Elizabeth’s books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding.

You can find Elizabeth Hoyt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethHoytBooks?ref=search&sid=1033016156.428653851 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16202.Elizabeth_Hoyt
and Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ElizabethHoyt

Elizabeth was kind enough to answer some questions for her readers:   

     WPMP: Has it become easier to complete manuscripts the more you have written?
How long does it take you to complete a manuscript?

EH: You’d think it would become easier to complete a book the more you write, but in my case at least, it’s the opposite. It takes me about four months to write a first draft, but then I spent a lot of time on revisions—up to four to six months. 

WPMP: How long did it take to get your first book published?

EH: It took me three years to write The Raven Prince, about six months to find an agent, and then about one and a half years before we found a publisher. 

WPMP: What is your favorite foreign location?

EH: I’d love to visit India. Does that count? ;-) 

WPMP: Do you write while on vacation/ abroad?

EH: If I have a book due, then yes. I tend not to go on vacation unless I’m between books. 

WPMP: Do you have any trunk novels?

EH: Yup! Two detective books. Maybe if this historical romance thing doesn’t work out… 

WPMP: What authors inspire you?

EH: Authors with elegant prose. Lately I’ve enjoyed Eileen Dreyer, Eloisa James, and Jim Butcher. 

WPMP: What made you choose to write books set in 18th Century England?

EH: I think subconsciously because that’s when all the great swashbuckler stories are set: Scaramouche, The Scarlet Pimpernel, etc. I liked the swords and the elegant dresses. Now I’m writing in the early part of the Georgian period with my Maiden Lane books and it’s a very exciting time period for London: lots of immigration and turmoil. 
;-) 

WPMP: What is your favorite fairytale?

EH: Hm, that’s a hard choice. One of my favorites is The Seven Swans

WPMP: What would we find inside your purse?

EH: Everything! I am prepared: tissues, bandaids, earbuds, gum, mints, hand cream, chapstick, lipstick, folding brush, two small notebooks, pens, my iphone, my ipad, and a Bluetooth keyboard. Oh, and my wallet. ;-) 

WPMP: Do you have a favorite family recipe?  
EH: We eat quiche a lot:  
Store-bought pastry
3 eggs
3 cups whole milk
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
½ cup chopped onion spinach, red peppers, broccoli, or asparagus up to ½ cup cooked.  

Sautee veg in 2T butter. Put pastry in pie plate. Place sautéed veg in pastry. Add cheese. Combine eggs, milk, 2T flour, salt and pepper to taste in bowl, then pour in pastry up to edge of shell. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake at 425 degrees until top is puffed and just beginning to lightly brown. Cool before cutting.

Our thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her time and her talent! 
Enter our giveaway for your chance to win a copy of her latest book in the Maiden Lane series, Scandalous Desires.
 
 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maggie Shayne

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maggie Shayne lives in the wilds of Cortland County, NY.  She spends her time in her farmhouse “Serenity” with her soulmate, Lance.  She has a pair of English Mastiffs, Daisy and Dozer, Niblet – the English Bulldog, and Glory, their wise feline guardian. Maggie is a Wiccan high priestess and a strong believer in the Law of Attraction. 

She has over 50 published novels and 23 novellas to her credit.  She has written for two soap operas: As The World Turns and Guiding Light, and 7 publishers.  If that wasn’t enough she also writes a weekly advice column, “Shayne on You” for the Norwich Evening Sun.  She has had 15 RITA Award nominations with a win in 2005.  Her novella, Love Me to Death in the Heart Of Darkness anthology is a nominee for Best Novella of 2010 RITA Award and Kill Me Again is a Rita finalist for Best Romantic Suspense!
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Look for the release of Vacation With a Vampire (anthology) this summer and Twilight Fulfilled in October. Also now out in electronic format, Fairytale and Forever Enchanted two novels written by Maggie back in the 90’s for Avon Books.  She retained the rights when they went out of print so they are now available.  Watch for another 90’s favorite, Annie’s Hero coming to electronic format soon!

You can visit Maggie at her website  www.maggieshayne.com      

She’s also on Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/maggieshayne and Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MaggieShayneAuthor 
She blogs solo at www.ShaynesShenanigans.com and with friends at www.Storybroads.com