Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 Questions with Author Elizabeth Meyette!

Hiya, readers! It's my pleasure to introduce you to one of my Crimson Romance sisters today. Elizabeth Meyette writes emotional Historical romances - with a twist. Welcome, Elizabeth!!

Hi, Kristina. Thanks so much for inviting me to be on your blog today.  It’s always fun to chat with another Crimson Romance author.

Kristina: M&Ms, Chips 'n Dip, Jell-O Shots…what's your snack of choice when you're on deadline?

Elizabeth: Well, Kristina, I think any one of those would work. I like to combine M&M’s, almonds and raisins and snack on that.  I figure I’ve hit every major food group that way since M&M’s are from cocoa beans, beans are a vegetable, right? So there’s the food pyramid: vegetable, protein and fruit. I’m a very healthy writer.

Kristina: What's your favorite non-word (as in a word we've bastardized or completely made up) and why?

Elizabeth: The first thing I can think of is “lip-blam”. My youngest, Kate, is a bit dyslexic, and when she was about seven years old, as she was rummaging through her Christmas stocking, she yelled, “Oh look! I got some lip-blam!”  We all cracked up and now our whole family calls Chapstick “lip-blam”.  That probably won’t make it into one of my historicals LOL.

Kristina: That's hilarious! I can hear it now!! When the writing gets tough, who do you lean on?

Elizabeth: Absolutely my husband, Rich.  He is the most laid back man I have ever known, and one of his pet phrases is, “It will be what it will be.”  Now, he never says that when I’m in a writing slump because besides being laid back, he is very wise.  But his philosophy of “just let things happen as they will” helps diffuse my Type A “I must be perfect and do this perfectly right now” mania.  A back rub always helps…and often inspires.

Kristina: Finish this sentence: For me, writing is like ______________

Elizabeth: being hypnotized…at least what I suppose being hypnotized would be like.  I sometimes go into a trance-like state, and I become so focused that Rich could completely rearrange the furniture around me and I wouldn’t notice until I stopped writing. And I love writing so much that I guess I sometimes feel like it’s more a guilty pleasure than work.  That is on the good days, however, when my D.A.M. inspiration (Divine Attendant Muse) is working at full capacity.  On other days when she withholds her inspiration, it’s a bit like having all of my teeth pulled…

Kristina: Tell us one interesting/funny/crazy thing about this book or its characters that didn't make in 'between the covers'?

Elizabeth: The original first sentence.  It was full of alliteration and read like a Transcendentalist’s/Romanticist’s poem. I read an article in Writer’s Digest about things that turn agents off, and one was an opening that tried too hard to impress. While that was not my intention when I wrote it, I could see how it would appear that way to an agent.  Here is the sentence: “Shafts of sunlight slanted through the leaded windows casting crystal shards of light across the carpet. The brilliance of the day was in sharp contrast to the mood of the girl who sat brooding, blind to its brilliance.” I changed it to: “Emily Wentworth waged a battle between grief and anger.  Today grief was winning.” I think it was a wise decision since Jennifer Lawler decided Love’s Destiny would be a good choice the Crimson Romance line.

Kristina: Oh, the original first sentence reminds me of some openers from my college lit class! Love them both, by the way.. ;)

Elizabeth: This has been so much fun, Kristina!  Congratulations on your success with What a Texas Girl Wants, and thanks for letting me talk about Love’s Destiny. Here is some information about my book and where to order it:

Love's Destiny:
The simmering rebellion in the American colonies is the backdrop for this smoldering romance thwarted by a dying father’s wish and opposing loyalties.  When Jonathon Brentwood becomes the guardian of Emily Wentworth, each expects to meet someone very different. Emily is not the child of her father’s stories, nor is Jonathon feeble and old as she had imagined. Instantly attracted, both try to honor George Wentworth’s dying wish and maintain the relationship he envisioned.  Though passion overcomes them, their pasts and the future of a young country stand in the way of their destiny.

Love’s Destiny was released by Crimson Romance on June 4, 2012 and is available at:
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