Welcome to the year 2011. I hope you accomplished all you had hoped to last year. If not, it's a new year so we can all wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
First thing I want to start with is an interview with a wonderful author, Eliza March. Her erotic romances are provocative and funny, with HOT heroes and strong heroines.
Her newest release by Siren Publishing is called The Moon, The Madness and The Magic.
Why did you become a writer?
Eliza March- It became a compulsion.
Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
E.M.- No, it wasn't a dream. I was an avid reader, then one day I started imagining my own stories.
What do you love about being an author?
E.M.- The control over the story.
Is there anything you dislike?
E.M.- The business of writing.
How do you balance your personal and writing time?
E.M.- What personal time. Writing is personal. LOL
How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
E.M.- The concept comes first, but I allow my characters to develop before I write the story. That way I don know what going to happen.
What genre(s) do you write?
E.M.- I am published in erotica, paranormal, fantasy and contemporary. I also write romantic suspense.
Why do you write the stories that you write?
E.M.- Sometimes they are an exercise, practice, a way of experimenting with words, ideas, and concepts. Mostly, I write for my own enjoyment.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
E.M.- I take traits from people I have read about, as well as people I've encountered, I guess. My characters aren't based on any particular people or characters I know, but a compilation of many.
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
E.M.- Ramon Delavega. I like his sexy, sense of humor, and I only just developing him, so I have all that new interest in him. He hot and teasing, seductive and mysterious. He going to have his own book as soon as I can bare to share.
What would you want readers to take away from your books?
E.M.- Escape and enjoy.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
E.M.- Join a writers group. Read and practice the craft.
If you could be anyone or anything that you wanted, who or what would you be?
Quentin Tarantino. I want to break all the rules.
Tell us about the latest release. Is it part of a series? Does it stand alone? What inspired you to write it?
E.M.- The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic is coming out this week. It was inspired as the second book in the Enchanted Mountain series by the location. I was in a strange mood when I started writing this book. I wanted to write in my characters voices and immerse the reader in the emotions of each. I hope I accomplished my goal. I e been working hard at improving each book as I go and happened to read he Fire In Fiction by Donald Maass as I edited and refined this story. I happy with the outcome.
What do you love about writing?
E.M.- I have a God complex.
Hate about it?
E.M.- Painting myself into a corner.
Do you have a guilty indulgence?
E.M.- Reading is my indulgence, but I pass it off as work research.
Something you do just for you.
If you could spend a secluded weekend somewhere, where would you go and why?
E.M.- To St John Island, NS and stay on the beach. I've never been there.
Is there any character from one of your books who you would change places with?
E.M.- In my most recent book, The Moon, The Madness and The Magic, the heroine, Celeste is a shape-shifter, a fae succubus, and when she binds with her life mates (that would be two fantastic guys), she also acquires the ability to shift into a flying dragon and a Were wolf. I want to be her.
What authors do you enjoy reading? Who is on your bookcase/e-reader?
E.M.- Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, Laurel K Hamilton, CL Wilson, Clive Cussler
Do you ever get up at 3 am just to write?
Where can readers go on the net to find more on your books and anything else?
E.M.- http://elizamarch.blogspot.com they can read exceprts and finds to all my books.
Thank you, Eliza, so much for answering my questions.
There will be more from Eliza March's interview coming up as well as my review of her new release.