Liza: Ella, so nice to have you in my bloghome. I know it's early in the process, but will you tell my peeps about your book which is coming out--opps, my notes don't say.
Ella: I have three books coming out in a series called the Marriage Game.
The Seduction of Lady Phoebe - Sept. 2013
The Secret of Miss Anna Marsh- Nov 2013
The Temptation of Lady Serena - Jan 2014
Liza: Oh boy, you're going to have a busy fall. Hope you have someone else lined up to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Bet you can't wait until you can afford a professional marketing team to promote your books.
Ella: That would be very nice--In fact, I'd like one right now.
Liza: Yeah, except they'd want to book you on Stephen Colbert and you'd have to fly all the way from the Virgin Islands to NYC for a 5 minute interview in which he behaves worse than me.
Ella: Is that even possible?
Liza: I'm Good Liza, not the other one.
Ella: Oh. *pauses* I see. Have you done any interviews before?
Liza: I started one once. But then the guest said something outrageously provocative and out came Bad Liza. But you seem peaceful and nice, so I'm going to try and stay in charge.
Ella: You do realize this whole conversation about Good and Bad Liza is a bit worrisome in itself.
Liza: As an author, I expect you to recognize that what one person perceives as delusional another sees as creative.
Ella: *nods* And sometimes, there's a very thin line between the two.
Liza: Exactly. So let's get on with this interview.
So, what's your favorite part of writing?
Ella: Loosing myself in the story.
Liza: Me too! Is there anything you don't like about being a writer, and don't say marketing--it upsets my marketing kitten, Maniac.
Ella: My aching back and sore bottom from sitting so much.
Liza: I know exactly what you mean. I used to write in my office on an ergonomic chair that cost me a fortune, but my butt would ache after six hours. So I bought this thickly padded recliner and now type there. And I've a heating pad for my lower back. You should do that too.
Ella: I can’t write leaning back. I need to sit up at a desk, but the heating pad might be nice, except in the summer. It’s does get rather warm here.
Liza: How does your family feel about you being an author?
Ella: My mother-in-law loves it. My son is supportive and thrilled I'm finally published and my husband wants to know when I'm going to start making money again.
Liza: Are we supposed to make money? Wow! I had no idea. Thanks for the head's up. So, what's the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you about writing?
Ella: Write three books.
Liza: Oh...I've written more than that. Am I in trouble?
Ella: No, of course not. I have a friend who used to work for a Netherland’s publishing house. She said to write three books before I began querying. I did that, so now all three books coming out this year are written as well as one of the books for 2014 and two for 2015. I’m working on the second on for next year now.
Liza: And you've written three. You take advice, really well. So you have three books, what part took you most out of your comfort zone?
Ella: Initially, I'd say the love scenes.
Liza: I like that you call them 'love' scenes and not 'sex' scenes. And what part of your books was the hardest to write?
Ella: The beginning. I've never ended with the same one I started with.
Liza: Me either! It's like mixing chemicals. You think you have the proper ingredients for a gin and tonic, but your characters have picked up a few seemingly innocuous ingredients from their past and currents activities and the next thing you know you have a meth lab blowing up and burning your house down.
Ella: Meth lab? Hmm, I think you switched on me. Can I have Good Liza back?
Liza: *smiles* Thanks, for calling me back. I was enjoying this interview a great deal.
Ella: I'm just glad it worked.
Liza: Me too. Now which book are you going to tell us about today? I've checked my notes and I can't find it's title anywhere.
Ella: The first book in the series (which doesn’t have a name yet) is The Seduction of Lady Phoebe and here's the blurb:
LADY PHOEBE STANHOPE, famous for her quick wits, fast horses, and punishing right hook, is afraid of nothing but falling in love. Fleeing a matchmaking attempt with the only man she despises, Phoebe meets a handsome blue-eyed stranger who sends her senses skittering. By the time Phoebe discovers the seductive stranger is the same arrogant troll she sent packing eight years ago, she is halfway to falling in love with him.
LORD MARCUS FINLEY last saw Phoebe striding regally away, as he lay on the floor with a bruised jaw and a rapidly swelling eye. Recently returned from the West Indies, Marcus is determined to earn Phoebe’s love, preferably before she discovers who he is. Determined to have Phoebe for his own, Marcus begins his campaign to gain her forgiveness and seduce her into marriage.
Can Phoebe learn to trust her own heart and Marcus? Or is she destined to remain alone?
Liza: That is one of the most intriguing blurbs I've every read.
Ella: Thank you. Would you like an excerpt?
Liza: Oh yes, please!
Liza: I cannot wait for this book to come out! Anyway it can arrive before the fall?
Ella: I'm afraid not.
Liza: *heavy sigh*
Peep Rep: *heavy sigh*
Liza: Well just have to be patient then.
Peep Rep: Bad Liza would steal us a copy.
Liza: No, she won't. Buying pirated books means the author gets nothing. And then Ella's husband would demand she stop writing these wonderful novels and work in a sweat shop instead.
Peep Rep: We don't want that. We'll wait patiently.
Liza: Thank you. Here's a little information I discovered about Ella:
Ella’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Across History. She is represented by Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency.
Liza: Ella has an honest to god Agent! They are harder to get than a publisher. Well done, Ellen. You very well may become a Best Seller. I know I'll be buying your books.
Peep Rep: Us too!
There you have it! You are Peep Rep loved!
Ella: Thanks. This was fun Good Liza.
Liza: Yeah, maybe I'll try and come out more often.
Ella: Please do. You may not have to kidnap authors then.