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 Pleasures, and 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:
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!
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