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.

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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.
10/14/2011 05:15:09 am

Good Morning! Wait! Where is everyone? ;-) I'll check back in another couple of hours

10/14/2011 05:20:13 am

Hi Elizabeth! I've been waiting for this book FOREVER! And I know it's only a few days more, but it seems SOLONGANDFARAWAY! *LOL*

Love the author interview...and the time it takes you to write your books gives me comfort as I'm writing mine. Quality takes time, right? :) I may be impatient, but I'm happy to wait if I know in the end I'm going to get to read one of your awesome books! Thanks!

10/14/2011 05:26:06 am

I saw the post on facebook and came over to visit. I am so excited about this book! I love the Maiden Lane series and have been ready for Silence's story since I read Wicked Intentions. I love harming Mickey and can not wait to see how he redeems himself. After Silence's story, we need Winter's story!

I am going to try to re-read Wicked Intentions & Notorious Pleasures before Tuesday!

Lisa W
10/14/2011 05:27:41 am

Is it Tuesday yet??? Lol :)
I love that you went to UW Madison!! That's only 45 min from where I live :) I seem to think no one knows where WI is sometimes lol. Great interview and I am soo ready for SD and many more great books from you!!

Anne W
10/14/2011 05:36:06 am

I also saw the post on facebook and rushed right over to join the fun. Great interview!

I am so excited and anxious for Silence and Charming Mickey's book. And the good news is that I'm now counting only days instead of weeks. The "Maiden Lane" series is absolutely the best and each book just gets better. I want to know who that "Ghost" is!!! And I'm looking forward to Winter's book, as well.

Thanks for sharing the quiche recipe, Elizabeth. I think I'll gather the ingredients and serve it for breakfast Saturday morning. Yummy!

10/14/2011 05:36:11 am

I cannot wait for this book!!! Since the first book in the Maiden Lane Series, I have been anxiously waiting for Silence's story. I knew there would be a romance :)

I think the best thing about Elizabeth's books are that they are unique. There isn't a cookie cutter romance. They aren't like others. Sure there is romance but the story takes on challenges and issues of the time. I love them, simply amazing. :)

Johanna Jochum
10/14/2011 05:36:31 am

I love your books Elizabeth. The Raven Prince was my first and I have not stopped! Thanks for sharing with us today! I can't wait for Scandalous Desires!

10/14/2011 05:40:20 am

Now, I am really craving quiche!

Sara Watts
10/14/2011 05:44:53 am

Cannot wait to read this book! :) Great interview too!

When Pen Met Paper
10/14/2011 06:46:19 am

Thanks so much for joining us today, Elizabeth!

I have to say I am a huge fan of your work. I've read every book and enjoy the "mini fairy tales" as much as I do the main story.

~ Book Addict

10/14/2011 07:14:04 am

I'm back!

Some writers can write very fast and put out wonderful books...and some writers take a bit more time. ;-) Good luck with your own work, Hellion!

I just turned in Winter's story, Heatherzilla. It's THIEF OF SHADOWS and it'll be out July 2012.

I still miss Madison, Lisa--it's such a lovely town.

Hope you like the quiche, Anne! I'm thinking of having it tonight for dinner.

What a lovely compliment, Rach. ;-)

10/14/2011 07:21:49 am

So glad to hear that Winter will have his own book!

Sue P.
10/14/2011 07:26:45 am

Hi Elizabeth. Love your Maiden Lane series and can't wait for your next one. Is it hard to be 'normal' when in the midst of writing your next book? Great interview.

10/14/2011 10:28:06 am

I think The Raven Prince was the first book of yours that I read, then I ordered everything you'd ever written. I even bought the fairy tale book you had mentioned. I'm ready for Scandalous Desires!

BTW, I love quiche, but I can't seem to get the family to enjoy it. Maybe I'll try your recipe and my menfolk will like it better.

Sue K
10/14/2011 12:41:36 pm

Haven't read your Maiden Lane books yet, but I have them in my TBR pile.I will have to order The Raven Prince since it seems to be the one everyone is raving about here today.

10/14/2011 12:59:39 pm

I loved the 1st 2 books in the series (as well as your prior books) and can't wait to read this one (Mickey is just too charming, no way he could resist Silence) :) What ever it is your doing while writing, please keep it up as I sure do enjoy the results (though if I wouldn't complain if you did manage it a little faster -- hate that long wait for the next book)

10/14/2011 03:44:49 pm

I've been hearing such great things about this book and I know it's going to be fantastic from reading some of Elizabeth's other books. Thanks for the interview. I enjoye finding out various tidbits about my favorite authors.


10/14/2011 05:44:15 pm

I love Elizabeth's books & I've been waiting to add this 1 to my collection.

Thanks so much for the recipe too. Something to try...Good food & a good book - heaven!

10/17/2011 12:44:20 pm

Early congrats for release day, Elizabeth!


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