Name Georgia Fox
Age – Old enough to do everything and young enough to enjoy it.
Where are you from – England – East Anglia (now living in New York)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect – I live on twenty peaceful acres with three crazy, floppy-eared dogs and a man who is tidier than me and swears less. I will do anything to get out of housework or cooking. I am an aimless college dropout and probably a great embarrasment to my family.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first book when I was ten, but never let anyone read it. I always did everything very secretly and slyly. Writing seemed like a natural thing to me. I was always making up stories in my head on the way to and from school. As a consequence, I fell over curbs A LOT (not looking where I was going) and always had scabby knees. I didn’t think about trying to get published until much later, of course.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s difficult because although I’ve been writing for a long time, it’s still hard for me to call myself a “writer”. It sounds too pretentious somewhow. I don’t feel like I should be taken serious at all.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
When I was ten – I think it was a scary movie I watched. My first book was about cannibals. I’ve moved on since then to erotic romance. I have no idea what inspires me most of the time. It can come from anywhere and anything.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Ijust sit down and write.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first published book THE EVER KNIGHT was written originally as a short story for a Halloween anthology, but the publisher asked me to expand it into a novella. The publisher is Evernight Publishing and I thought I’d catch their eye with my goofy title. It worked. Thus, a series “The Conquerors” was born and is soon to consist of six books. I’m working on the final one now. The fifth book in the series THE WAGERED WENCH is being released on February 2nd.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Occasionally I find a message in my books when they’re done, and I didn’t even realize I was putting one in it! I’m really not that clever and, personally, I don’t like books with a heavy-handed message. I don’t like to be preached to. I’ve never written anything for the purpose of passing something like that on. I’m very happy if a reader finds one in it, but I prefer simply to entertain – amuse. My books are deifiniely too spicy for Oprah, so….
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I keep my historical detail as realistic as possible for a romance.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No – except for the hot sex LOL
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Jane Austen’s work. Elizabeth Gaskill, Thomas Hardy. I love the classics.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jane Austen. I know that sounds funny because I write erotic romance that would have curled poor Jane’s slippers, but I love the wit in her work – the way you feel you know exactly what she was like, just from reading her books. And you like her. You’d probably sit down next to her at a party, rip everyone else to shreds, drink too much punch and have a damn good time.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nothing at the moment, but I’m about to pick up my kindle and order some e-books that I haven’t had the chance to read because I’ve been too busy writing. The kindle was a gift for my birthday last year and I’ve hardly had a chance to use it yet.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Same as above – my reading time has been cut into quite severely of late. Last year I put out five e-books as Georgia and six e-books under my other name. Keeping up that momentum is pretty exhausting, but in the crowded world of e-pubbing you really can’t afford to slack off or you’ll get buried!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As mentioned above, I’m working on the final (6th) book in my series THE CONQUERORS (medieval erotic romance). I have another series – LUMINA- MISADVENTURES OF A WANTON HUSSY, set in eigthteenth century France, which I’m also working on. (Book 1 is out now). And last night I actually got the idea for another new series of Victorian erotica. Under my other name I have my first mass market paperback coming out in June – a Regency romance.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My author community on the internet. I live in the middle of nowhere, so its great to have that contact.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see writing as a career. As soon as I’m earning enough to justify quitting my “real” job!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. I just always had stories running around in my head. My father loved to tell stories too, so I probably got a lot of that from him.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Excerpt from THE WAGERED WENCH (tame excerpt!)
“You are Gudderth’s only daughter?” He had fully prepared himself for something with warts and horns, since her father’s praise of the girl was so fulsome and suspiciously overexcited. Usually a man who spoke that highly of a daughter he could not be rid of, sought to hide something unfortunate.
“Of course I am his only daughter. Why?”
Dominic hastily shoveled stew into his mouth. It gave him an excuse not to answer her question.
“I am Elsinora,” she added, sitting straight, shoulders square, face proud.
It seemed as if she thought he should have heard of her. In truth he was surprised he hadn’t. Seldom had he seen a woman so fair. And haughty. One glance from her heavily-lashed, painfully-blue eyes made him conscious of the scar that marked his face. At thirty he should be accustomed to the frightened looks of young maids when they beheld his ugliness. He thought he was, until that moment.
“And your name, sir?” she inquired.
He grabbed the goblet of wine she’d poured. “Dominic Coeur-du-Loup.”
There was a pause while he drank and she stared, lips pursed tight. Finally she said, “You are a Norman soldier.”
It was not a question, just a statement thickly spread with a layer of disgust. Dominic nodded again, thrusting more stew into his mouth, thick gravy dropping to his beard.
“You may stay the night if you wish,” she muttered reluctantly. “I owe you that much for bringing him home to us. I’m sure a pallet can be spared for you among my father’s serfs.”
He scraped the thing she called a “spoon” around his plate, chasing a lump of meat. When he failed to capture it, he tossed the spoon aside and ate with his fingers in the custom more familiar to him. She passed him a bowl of bread to mop up the gravy and he grabbed a lump in his fist. Crumbs sneezed across the table as he crushed it between his fingers. “Any ale?”
“I thought you would prefer wine.”
“This,” he lifted his cup, “tastes like piss.”
Her lips parted in a tiny, disdainful exhale. Two spots of color darkened her cheeks.
“Gives me a headache,” he added, gesturing with the bread, tapping it to his forehead. “Saxons should stick to brewing ale.”
She considered for a moment, eyes burning into his. He could almost see his shape reflected in the great aquamarine whirlpools that sucked him in and spat him out. Apparently she held her temper. Just. She turned and summoned the stout woman standing in the shadows. “Fetch the ale jug, Bertha.” She lowered her voice. “But don’t fill it all the way. And not my father’s best brew.”
Dominic slowly picked meat out of his teeth with one finger. After going hungry so long his stomach let out a mighty grumble of content.
The woman across the table pushed her plate away, her food uneaten. “Drunk a lot of pee have you, Norman?”
He looked at her through the fat, sputtering tallow candles, measuring every bony inch of her shoulders, noting the slight dent in her petulant lower lip, the superior angle of her nostrils and the fine arch of her brows.
“If you are so familiar with the taste,” she added smugly, apparently thinking him too stupid to understand her comment.
With one bite he devoured the bread in his hand and chewed hard. She was a devastatingly handsome woman, he thought, but she needed a few good meals to put some flesh on her bones. As she was now, a strong gust of wind might carry her off over a cliff edge and into the sea, just when a man had invested time and patience in her guidance.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just having enough hours in the day! Sometimes I get mired down about the midway point. That’s always my trickest part of any story.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Jane Austen, of course! Her characters. Her humor.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lady Fingers Designs has created all of mine so far (through the publisher)
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Letting it go out into the world and be judged.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
From every book I’ve written I’ve learned something. I’ve learned to write much faster and cut my word count to acceptable levels! (The first book I tried to get published took 7 years to write, was over 500k words and it still isn’t published – for good reason) I’ve also learned to be brave and push myself out there. I spent a lot of years struggling to get a literary agent. I finally succeeded in getting signed by a wonderful NY agent, but she was unable to sell my work to publishers. Back to square one myself, I decided to take the plunge with e-pubbing and within just a few months I’d sold my first book all by myself. A few months after that I received a three book contract and an advance. So I learned that sometimes you have to do things for yourself, find another way in when one door is closed. Don’t be afraid to take a chance. The e-publisher I started with was brand new. I didn’t know if they’d last (heck, they probably didn’t know either). A year later they’re strong and growing with a good reputation – they’ve just been nominated for an award as Best Publisher, in fact. In this past year I’ve also become a Romance Writers of America PAN eligible author, because of the volume of sales I’ve achieved with just one book, and I’m a bestseller on several online sites. So, yeah, be brave, take a chance. Don’t sit on your backside waiting for someone to offer you a hand up.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Actually I think I just answered that above LOL! Trust your instinct, learn to edit, learn to say more with fewer words, be willing to take a chance. And be ready to work HARD. Also – be kind to your fellow authors, support them and network.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you just for buying and reading my work. I hope you’ll contact me and let me know what you thought of it. Don’t be shy.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
I would have been a Ballerina/Assasin. Isn’t that obvious?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? My Foxy Tales blog –
I’m also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002528733932 and Twitter @writegeorgiafox