Now for the main attraction. Elisabeth consented to answer a few interview questions for me. Enjoy!
1. What draws you to romance?
EN: I’m a sucker for a good, emotional story. I love knowing that love can conquer all, that good trumps evil, that happily ever afters exist for all of us if we work hard enough. The world is so full of depressing news and the horrors of what people can do to each other. Romance novels give me a chance to remember what’s good about humanity and to lose myself in a world of fantasy and anything-can-happen for a few hours.
Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
EN: So far, no. All of my stories deal with romantic relationships and how those relationships shape and change a persons life. At this point I have no plans to write outside the romance genre, but I’ll never say never.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
EN: I think I was about three and my mom had put me down for a nap. My older brother was outside my window teasing me because I had to sleep and he didn’t. I was so upset, I rolled off my bed and hit my metal dollhouse (who makes dollhouses out of metal?!) and sliced my nose open. I still have a scar from that happy memory.
If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?
EN: Paul Walker. I don’t usually pattern my characters after celebrities, but Paul Walker has the clean cut, boy-next-door look I envision for Gryphon.
What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?
EN: Photography. I’m not very good at it but I love to take pictures and create photo books. Scrapbooking takes way too much time, but I’m currently obsessed with creating online photo books. Faster and easier and way more professional looking (in my opinion).
What would constitute your own personal happily ever after?
EN: I’m living my own happily ever after. I’m married to a fantastic man, I have three great kids and I get up every morning and go to work at a job I love. Yes, every life is full of struggles, but I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of girl. No matter what happens, something new and exciting is always around the corner.
ENSLAVED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012
“Do not miss this series.”—New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione
GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can't ignore.
She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.
Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.
Praise for Elisabeth Naughton:
“Entertaining and smoldering.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Tempted
“Creative worldbuilding and ever-present danger pull the reader into this mesmerizing tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ star review of Enraptured
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA RITA© Award, the NJ RWA Golden Leaf, and the RWA Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com and follow her on Twitter, @ElisNaughton.
Wookie, my alien kitten, says I have to give you details on the drawing (she picks the winners after all). Here's what you do: Send an email to me at Lynda@lyndakscott.com with ENSLAVED in the subject line and your address in the body by Friday, Nov. 16. Wookie will select the winner and the lovely Danielle at Sourcebooks will send you a copy.
That's it! Good luck and Have a Blessed Day!