May 25, 2010
Welcome to Day #8 of JoJo's 30 Day Birthday Bash. Today we have the wonderfully creative Eliza Gayle Author of Lucas. So time to party, celebrate, and get to know Eliza!
~How do you think romace has changed in the last 30 years?
If you were to drag out books from thirty years ago and compare them to today you would see quite a bit of difference. For me personally it's changed a lot. When I was thirteen I was hiding in the stacks at the library on Saturday afternoons reading the likes of Rosemary Rogers. Historicals were everything for me back then. Years later I went through a cute contemporary phase before moving on to romantic suspense.
These days you'll find me reading just about everything except historicals. I think I read to much of it when I was young so it's a rare historical that catches my eye. I'm not a huge fan of the regency era that is so popular, I prefer a more medieval or other odd time period.
I haven't caught the urban fantasy craze quite as much as everyone else which I think is caused by my preference for 3rd person versus 1st person. Although I have read some great urban fantasy. Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep comes to mind...
I actually read and write in the same genres. It makes sense to me to write the genres I love to read. So you'll likely find my iTouch filled with paranormal romance and contemporary erotic romance.
~What are your favorite types of Heros & / or heroines?
I like heroines in all shapes and sizes from kick ass to sweet but when it comes to my heroes I want the alpha male.
~Fav color - Purple
~Fav Scent - I don't wear perfume but I do love the scent of various fruits. Raspberry would probably be my favorite.
~Fav movies - action and comedy
~What are some of your favorite Hero / Heroine names?
From my books I would say Garron and Kian from others books I would have to say Roarke and Valerius.
~Do you read any reviews on your books?
Yes, I read all the reviews on my books. I get that not every book is going to work for every reader but as a writer I find there is sometimes a lot to learn craft wise if you read between the lines.
~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
Nope. Never. As much as everyone from the writer to the editor to the proof readers try to catch every mistake, things get missed. We are human after all. And if I was to read a finished book of mine I would find an error and it would drive me crazy. lol
~Do you have a favorite book /series?
I love a lot of series but if I had to choose a favorite it would be the Breed series by Lora Leigh
~How old were you when you began to write?
The first piece of fiction I wrote on my own that wasn't some sort of school assignment was when I sat down and wrote a romantic sequel to Empire Strikes Back. Of course I had no idea back then there was a name to that kind of thing. Fan Fic. But I can tell you that my version turned out NOTHING like Return of the Jedi. lol
After college I didn't write anything other than business writing for well over ten years.
~Is writing your full time job?
No, I have a day job that I work from home. It gives me a flexible schedule so that I can fit in writing when I need to.
~Whats a typical writing day for you like?
As much as I try to set myself a routine, I can't seem to stick to it. So nothing is typical about my day. :)
~Do you set a daily writing goal?
Yes, 6 days a week I write at least 1200 words a day unless I am editing or revising.
~When and where do you like to write?
I most often write in my newly redecorated office, although the love seat in the living room is pretty comfy too.
~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?I have an obsession with notebooks which can only be written in with pencil. lol I try to keep one main one for the story ideas each year but more often than I'd like, I find myself without said notebook and then any old paper will do. I have a future paranormal series roughly sketched out on a napkin. On vacation, in a bar, you do what you have to. lol
~What are you reading at the moment?
Bound To Please by Lilli Fiesty
~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don't give up and keep learning your craft. You will get knocked down in this business but those that keep getting back up persevere.
~How man books / series have you written?
I have 23 stories written, 18 of them published with more to come later this year and next. As far as series go...I have 3. Pentacles of Magick, Purgatory and the Black Cougar series.
~Can you tell us about some of them?
The Purgatory series is a contemporary BDSM short story series that centers around a fetish club called Purgatory. Each story explores a different fetish and they are so much fun to write. I've gotten a lot of great reader feedback on these and hope to keep writing them for a while.
The Black Cougar series is based on a clan of cougar shapeshifters hidden in the mountains of North Carolina. Keeping an entire society a secret isn't easy and lends itself to a lot of action and adventure. This one is meant as a trilogy and the 3rd one comes out this summer. Although... I do have plans for more shapeshifter books in this world just with a different family per se on the other side of the mountain. I'm not yet prepared to give away too many details yet. :)
~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to?
I would love to try writing some suspense/thriller type books
~Do you have a new release, or a new release coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
I have two books that just came out last month on the same day. Very different books. First is Kane, the second in the black cougar trilogy.
The 2nd new release is Dirty Deeds and while also paranormal it's quite different. Demons instead of shapeshifters and the story centers around Melody, a newly created sex demon who is struggling to take her role seriously. She's a bit snarky. It's also been called a very hot book and considering a good portion of it takes place in a BDSM club, I can't disagree. ;)
~Do you have a webiste or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books?
Yes! My website is http://www.elizagayle.net
Pizza or burger
Dress or jeans
Highlander or vampire
Fire or water
Up or down
Black &white or color
- I love the gray areas
Half full or half empty
- half full
Day or night
Star trek or star wars
- Star Wars
Sword or gun
- both. I believe in being fully prepared.
Eyes or mouth
Strawberry or cherry
Old or new
High or low
Shower or bath
Paperback or hardback
Desktop or laptop
Coke or pepsi
Winter or summer
Dog or cat
Movie theatre or movies at home
Check out Eliza Here:
My Review of Lucas HERE:
Thank you so much for being here with us today ELiza
and for helping me Celebrate my 30th Birthday!!
Good NEWS!!! Eliza has given all you lucky commentors the chance
for 1 person to win a copy of Lucas (e-book) and a copy of
Rope Dreams (e-book) Good Luck!
Must leave a comment, and please include
an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted)
*Open World Wide / Ends June 18th*