Name – Elizabeth Andrews
Age – Old enough to know better, still young enough to sometimes do it anyway.
Where are you from – Pennsylvania, USA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I found my mother’s stash of romance novels as a teenager, and-though I love horror- romance became my very favorite genre, making writing romances a natural progression. There are more than just a few manuscripts, however, tucked away in a filing cabinet that will never see the light of day. Along with an enormous book stash, I live with my husband of twenty years and two sons, though no one else in the house reads nearly as much as I do.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am gearing up for the paperback release of Hunting Medusa on January 6, 2015. I’ve been scheduling and writing guest blogs to lead up to release day, and planning a Facebook party for that day. While I’m doing that, I’m still slogging through another round of rewrites on the second book in the trilogy.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My fifth grade teacher started us writing creative sentences, then paragraphs, and I just kept going after that.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I’ve considered myself a writer for most of my life, even when I was still in school and not nearly as good as I wanted to be.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book? It was really more of a novella, but I was in high school, and I had some really great, very encouraging teachers who made me want to keep writing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure what I’d call my writing style, but it’s always scorching hot—a friend in my first critique group used to tease that he needed asbestos gloves to handle my pages. There also tends to be some humor (snark, maybe?), and some emotional moments throughout my stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for this one was kind of a no-brainer once I knew what my story was—a hero on the hunt for a monster who happens to be the heroine. Even the title for the second one was pretty easy. The third was a serious challenge, though, and one of my critique partners who swears she can’t come up with titles came up with the perfect title that kept the same style as the first two.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the only message is love. It is a romance novel after all. It may be unexpected, it may seem impossible, but it’s always there, waiting, even when you can’t see it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Since the story is built around mythology, I suppose the level of realism is in the eye of the beholder. One of the best things about writing is that an author can take an everyday setting and put a character there who is from a completely different world, then let the fun begin.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Since I’ve never met any descendants of Greek demi-gods, I have to say no. But the story is set in my two favorite places in the world: Maine and Scotland.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I’m not sure I could make a list that would be the least bit comprehensive, but I would have to include Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I wanted very much to be Jo March and write. Only I wanted to be Jo with Laurie, who totally did not belong with her sister Amy.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Susan Meier has been absolutely amazing. I met her a very long time ago at my first writers conference, and she was so encouraging. I have learned a lot from her terrific workshops over the years, and she’s been a very good friend and cheerleader, not to mention very generous with her time and expertise.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started reading The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction by Michael Seidman. I’m saving Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch, and Jill Shalvis’s final three books in her ‘Lucky Harbor’ series for after my rewrites of Protecting Medusa are finished—motivation!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are always great new authors. In the last couple of years, I’ve really enjoyed Jessica Scott and Marquita Valentine, but there are so many to choose from!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’ve lost count of what round of the rewrites I’m on for Protecting Medusa, the second in my Medusa trilogy. I’ve got the first draft of the third story, Freeing Medusa nearly finished as well. I also have a contemporary romance in the works and the beginning of a series of shapeshifters underway.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. – Outside of my family?
My writer friends, online and off. Romance writers are a wonderfully supportive group.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! I’ve said for years that I want to be Nora Roberts when I grow up—I want to be able to devote my entire work day to writing new stories.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think every author can always look at a book they’ve finished and see something they would change. Luckily, I have a fabulous editor who helped me finesse Andi and Kallan’s story into more than I ever hoped it would be.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably after my love of reading turned me into a geeky little bookworm.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
How about an intro to my hero?
Ryder Ware stood at the window, watching the man stride up the road in the dark. The other man couldn’t see him, but Ryder remained still anyway, barely breathing. He’d been tracking this guy for weeks, and his patience had finally paid off. The man was a Harvester, and his quarry was one Philomena Gregory, the current Medusa.
Ryder would not allow the guy to have her.
He watched as the other man walked, not even bothering to skulk as he made his way toward Philomena’s mother’s house. The other man must have believed no one was home, despite the light shining from between the living room curtains.
He knew exactly where the guy was heading. It was where he’d have gone if he were in the same position. And he’d beat him there. Catch him off guard. Ryder headed up the steps.
He stripped down and turned on the water in the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom, aiming the showerhead straight down, and waited at the back of the tub, just out of reach of the water, curtain shut, pulse only beating slightly faster than normal. He could ignore Philomena’s fruity-smelling shower gel and shampoo for just a few minutes.
If the guy thought he was getting one of the women by surprise, so much the better.
He’d find out in a hurry he was dealing with someone much more dangerous.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting my conflict strong enough, making sure it’s both believable and compelling.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
That is the single most awful question to ask a reader, to single out only one favorite among all the authors she loves. I do love a lot of authors, too, yet there are so many different things I love about them. One of my favorites is Nora Roberts. She’s creative, prolific, and she’s written some of my very favorite characters. She writes in different subgenres, so no matter your mood, chances are, she has a story to make a reader happy.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not so far, but hopefully someday I will!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher, Samhain Publishing, took care of the cover design, and the awesome artist who did mine was Valerie Tibbs.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Revising it. I really love the actual writing of a book. It’s the fine-tuning and fixing that I find horribly difficult.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing and submitting in general have taught me that timing is everything. And to develop even more patience than being a parent.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Every story you write is more practice and honing of your craft.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I hope everyone who has read Andi and Kallan’s story so far loves them as much as I do, and I hope anyone who picks Hunting Medusa up in the future will fall in love with them, too.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t, but I imagine it was a Dr. Seuss story. I had quite a collection of them.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me laugh? All sorts of things. I love a good silly movie, like The Princess Bride or Spaceballs, or a laugh-out-loud story, like one of Sandra Hill’s sexy Vikings. As for crying? I’m a total sap—there are commercials that make me tear up.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would love to have met Princess Diana. I was fascinated by the romance of her engagement and fairytale wedding to her ‘Prince Charming’. She wasn’t too much older than I was, and even then the happy ending was my goal. Even after her prince turned into a toad, she inspired me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t plan to have a headstone—I want to be cremated and have my ashes sprinkled in a favorite place.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I’m still a bookworm. The room where (most of) my books live is overflowing, and the last time someone asked me if I had enough, I told them I’m collecting now for my eventual retirement.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV: I’m a Law & Order junkie, in all its incarnations—I really, really miss Criminal Intent. I’m a huge Walking Dead fan—the writing is fantastic. Hell on Wheels is another amazing show, as is Longmire. And I really miss The Killing and The XFiles. Movies: I rarely go to the theater, but we have a decent movie collection. I loved the Harry Potter films; also, the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Oh, favorite foods—I think I have too many of those, too, but I’ll say dark chocolate sea-salted caramels, and mashed potatoes (not together!). Favorite color: green. Favorite music: I’m an 80s music kind of girl, though there are a fair number of current singers and bands I love, too, like Pink, Buckcherry, Keaton Simons. I could keep going.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I spent a lot of years singing, and adored Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, who were both just starting out way back when I was still in good voice.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is www.ElizabethAndrewsWrites.com I have links there for my blog, my Twitter feed and Facebook pages.