Name Elvira Bathory
Where are you from New Mexico
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
Elvira: I live in a small, modest home with five kiddos and a great husband. I finished high school and have been contemplating going back to school for a creative writing Bachelor’s Degree
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Elvira: I’m working on a few stories; so far none have been completed and have been playing with the idea of writing a novel
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Elvira: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It started out as a way to get some frustrations on paper but as I got older those frustrations turned into fantasies 😉
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Elvira: From the moment my pen touched paper and a story was spun
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Elvira: Love Story of a Reaper was the first paranormal romance/erotic piece I had ever written, there really wasn’t any inspiration to write per say other than to see if I could do it
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Elvira: I’ve never really thought about that
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Elvira: Well, it was a story about a woman who discovers that she’s a Grim Reaper and she is falling in love with the person who has come to tell her this. The fact that the sex in the book is the first time for both characters kind of helped 😉
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Elvira: Nope. Just good old fashioned sexy, steamy storyline
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Elvira: None really. All of it is based on pure fantasy
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Elvira: Not in this book. But I can’t say the same for the others that I’m working on
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Elvira: Anything by Nora Roberts or Rosemary Laurey
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Elvira: There are two writers that I consider a mentor (though I have never met or talked with them, their writing has helped shape mine in one way or another) and they would be Nora Roberts and Rosemary Laurey
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Elvira: Rosemary Laurey’s Keep Me Forever
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Elvira: JR Ward’s Fallen Angel series is pretty good not to mention her Black Dagger Brotherhood
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Elvira: I’m currently working on a strictly human novella involving the sin Envy and a few other paranormal romances, one that might turn into a novel 😉
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Elvira: My best friend has been very supportive in all of my choices
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Elvira: Yes. I would make it a bit longer
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Elvira: I’ve always liked creating new worlds that I can step into whenever the mood struck
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Elvira: Absolutely! Here’s a snippet from my piece tentatively titled Pink with Envy:
Damn it! Not again, Karen thought as she saw the sock hanging from the door and halted in front of it. She shook her head in disgust. She was getting tired of getting out of class and coming into the dorm only to find that damn sock hanging on the knob.
Where does Tina expect me to go while she’s in there for hours with Raymond? Karen stood in front of their door, shaking in anger and disgust as she contemplated ripping off the sock and just walking in on them. But no, she wouldn’t do that. She was a good girl after all.
She gave the offending sock a dirty look as she leaned back against the wall beside the door. She slid into a sitting position, briefly placing her head on her knees to think. She pulled her psychology book out of her bag. She had a term paper in that class due by the end of the week, so she figured that if she had to be stuck in the hall that she could at least get started on it. She reached into the side pouch on her bag to pull out her MP3 player. Tina was rather loud when she and Raymond were enjoying each other’s company, and the walls of the dorm were paper thin, and Karen needed to concentrate.
She placed the ear buds in her ears, turned her MP3 player on and made sure the music was loud enough to drown out Tina’s crescendo. Every once in a while one of the doors down the hall would open up and someone would come out. She’d give a wave or acknowledging nod to those she knew but she never once took the ear buds out, turned the MP3 player off or stopped writing her notes.
She’d just finished organizing her notes and deciding on how she was going to start her paper, when Raymond emerged from the room with Tina on his arm. Karen jerked the ear buds out of her ears as she looked up. Tina gave her a surprised look as she hurriedly started shoving everything back into her bag.
“It’s about fucking time,” Karen muttered as she scrambled to her feet.
Tina’s face turned red and Raymond offered Karen a sweet smile. Karen wasn’t sure if it was red from anger, embarrassment or shame but figured that she’d find out soon enough.
“’Bye, Tina. ’Bye, Karen,” Raymond said a little breathlessly after giving Tina a thorough kiss.
He passed Karen, ruffling her hair like you would a kid sister, and headed down the hall toward the exit. Karen watched his retreating back, admiring his ass, until she heard Tina clearing her throat. Then the two hours she’d spent out in the hall came rushing back into the forefront of her mind and she spun around.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Elvira: Making sure that the feelings come across to my readers the way they feel when I’m writing them for my characters
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Elvira: Hands down Nora Roberts. She is so good at transporting you into her work that you don’t even realize that you’ve been sucked into the work for hours
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Elvira: Not yet but I hope to someday
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Elvira: Megan J Parker, owner of EmCat Designs is the one I turn to for all of my book covers
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Elvira: Sometimes my head goes faster than my pen or typing and I tend to miss some words so when I go back to re-read it before submitting to my publisher, Tiger Dynasty Publishing, I have to add those words so it makes sense to everyone who reads it. Thank god for my editor, Kristina Gehring.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Elvira: Yes. That it was possible to express myself through paranormal romance as it is through regular romance
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Elvira: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Elvira: Thank you for picking up my book and giving me a chance!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
Elvira: I like to read and watch TV
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Elvira: I love the Romance/Comedy movies and I’m a sucker for sappy movies. The ones that make me cry lol. As for TV shows I love Bones, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries (but I read those books WAY before they were turned into a TV show hehe), Reign (I love history!). There are so many that it would take me days to name them all, I think lol
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Elvira: Pizza!!/Emerald Green/Anything with a beat that I can dance too
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Elvira: Children’s counsellor in Elementary School. Kids can be cruel and I would like to help those that are bullied
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I sure do.