Friday, February 1, 2013

Good Liza Interviews Ella Quinn

Today, I'm interviewing Ella Quinn, and I'm really, really, really going to try to be good. 
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!

Late June 1806, Worthington Hall, England
            Lord Marcus Finley poured his third glass of brandy and strolled back to the library window. The sunlit terrace and lawn provided a stark contrast to the dim, wood paneled room in which he stood contemplating his bleak future and imminent banishment to the West Indies.
            His gaze was drawn to the petite figure of Lady Phoebe Stanhope. The sun caught her reddish-blonde curls, creating a halo effect as she laughed and played with the Worthingtons’ young girls. Simply seeing her joy eased some of his pain.
Everything about Lady Phoebe was perfect, from her curls and deep sky blue eyes to her small feet and neatly turned ankle. There was a connection between them. He’d felt it. She was the only one who had tried to understand him. He wanted to marry her, but it seemed impossible now. Why had he met the only woman he’d ever want just days before he left?
            He wondered what their children would have looked like. Another rush of anger swept through him, and he forcibly loosened the fingers he’d tightened around his glass.
“Marcus, there you are.”
He turned as his friend, Mattheus Vivers, heir to the Earl of Worthington, strode towards him. Vivers was the only reason Marcus was at the house party.
His friend pointed at the brandy. “That’s not going to help, you know.”
Marcus stared at the glass for a moment, watching the sun catch the amber shades of the liquid before downing the drink. “I’m going to hell in any case. What does it matter how I do it?”

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.


  1. Another fabulous interview! I was so excited to see Ella here this morning, and read an excerpt from her book. sounds fantastic. So I guess I was only stuck with bad Liza hmmmm?

    1. What can I say, you rile me up. If we were kittens we'd be wrestling all the time.

  2. Wow, look at Good Liza go! No drugging required. LOL

    Ella, you are certainly going to be busy with those three releases. Best of luck, and I wish you many sales! :)

    1. Hmmm. I hadn't considered that. Ella, did you by chance drug me before the interview began?

  3. Nancy, it was a fun interview.

  4. Jessica, thank you. I'm already gearing up for the fall.

  5. Wonderful interview, ladies!! <3 Congrats on your upcoming releases, Ella!! So excited for you! My hubby asks me the same thing! lol Loved the excerpt! :D

    1. Thank you Karen. I think that question should be grounds for washing out husband's mouth with soap.

    2. Karen, thank you so much. This is thrilling.

  6. Oh the story sounds wonderful. Great interview too. Please keep us posted on when they will release.

    Bobbi Romans

    1. Thanks Bobbi. Which reminds. I need to communicate with you.I'll work on that today.

    2. Hi Bobbi, thanks so much for coming by. I will keep you posted. I'd love it if you signed up for my newsletter.

  7. Sorry I'm late to the interview, ladies! It was fabulous! And fun!! I'm so happy to see you published, Ella!! Can't wait to read the books!! Congrats and wishing you many, many sales!!! And, Liza, I thought you behaved very well today :)

    1. not as late as I am. I'm really behind today and I have 5 pages of emails to go through. Thank you, I tried very hard to wobble on that fine line of interesting but now Fox news. Ella is amazing, isn't she.

    2. Jennifer, thanks for coming by and for your kind wishes. You're been with me since my first attempt at a blurb and I so appreciate it.

      Liza's behavior was exemplary.

  8. Fun interview and I enjoyed the except. Well done, Ella and Good Liza.

  9. What a great interview! This was hilarious!!! And I love when writers talk about the trials and tribulations of being an's not all glamour. (Is there any glamour?!) I'm always curious to see what parts are aching on other authors. I had a three month headache from my occipital lobes because my head was bent so much typing on my laptop. And husband's favorite question, "When are you going to begin making money from all this?" In the meantime, I'll keep chipping away at all future profits with trips to my massage therapists, physical therapists, and editors' fees! : )

    1. Hi Christina, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you liked the interview. Liza is wonderful.

    2. Liza is wonderful????
      Wow! I don't think I've heard those words before. Thank you Ella. I'm keeping you another day.

      Mr. DeGennaro: Ella calls you Christina. You gotta know what I'm wondering. What's with the MR?

      Can I interview you and find out?

    3. I'll be back, Liza.

  10. LOL What a great interview! Everybody needs a little Bad Liza in their life! Just as everyone is going to need some Ella Quinn books in their library. I'm so looking forward to everyone getting the chance to read these books.

    And yes, an aching back and a sore fundament are the least of a writer's pains. Characters who won't talk to you and then characters who refuse to shut up. Plots that hit brick walls. Conflict that blows up in your face. Oh! Wait. maybe that's just me.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Louisa.

      It's not just you. I have a hero who has horrible ideas.

    2. Yes, Louisa, it's just you. Everyone else has a well mannered muse who keeps all the characters in line and our books come out perfect in the first draft, leaving us with nothing to fix. The editors are bored senseless and there has been suggestions that we can put them on a boat and ship them to the edge of the earth.

      Oh, and we never mispell or use improper grammer,,,Oh no! whaat is hapening? I've seased to bee perfect. This es terrable. Bring bak te editars! turn de boot aroond!

  11. Great interview, Ella and Good Liza! Sounds like you're becoming more and more busy, Ella. Welcome to the club. Your friend was right about the three books. I wrote three, but published before all were completely done. I don't recommend it.

    Good Liza, you need to let Bad Liza out to play a little. I think she's about to explode! :)

    1. Oh wait. Feb 11th, Bad Liza will be badder than the baddest she's ever been. It may be the baddest interview in the history of blogdom. And my interview victim is an honest to God government agent. It turns when common sense says to be good, I do explode with badness.

      Feb 11 mark your calendar.

  12. Ella, great interview! Your husband sounds like mine. He never supported my writing until I started making money. Now he tells EVERYONE I'm a writer. Sheesh! Anyway, I really can't wait until your books come out. I want to be your first reviewer, okay??? :)

    1. Hey, I helped too. Not sure how, but I'm sure I did. Oh, I behaved for once.
      But thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      I can't imagine having three books come out in a row like that. I'd be so stressed that I'd hike five to six hours a day and purposely try to get myself lost so I wouldn't have to deal with it.

      oh look at the time, no wonder I'm getting punchy. close to bed time. Nice chatting with you. Ella will be here tomorrow too, so stop by and catch her reply.

  13. Haha love these interviews. And I can't wait until your book releases, Ella. :)

  14. Wonderful Interview Ella and Liza! So sorry that I"m late to the party to comment! Ella is a great author (and I'm not just staying that has one of her friends and CPs. Her books are amazing and I can't wait to get my copy on pre-order!


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