Today my guest is the gorgeous Elizabeth Ellen Carter, who is celebrating the recent release of her debut historical romance, Moonstone Obsession. Welcome and congrats, Elizabeth. What an awesome name for a novel!
What was the first story you ever wrote?
I was about 11 and I decided I wanted to be an author over the school holidays. I had run out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read, so I decided to create my own character and write my own adventures. I had a ball, although I do recall writing a full length novel seemed a lot harder than reading one…
Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
I don’t have a favourite – I love them all for various reasons. I imagine that every author feels the same, so I’m going to beg the question.
My husband, on the other hand who was my first proofreader and editor, has one of the antagonists has his favourites from Moonstone Obsession. Lady Abigail Houghall, it seems, is destined for her own adventure and happily ever after.
Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?
Technically I have been published before. I spent 13 years as a newspaper journalist and I remember as an eager 18 year-old cadet journalist eagerly scouring the Saturday edition of the paper for my first byline.
Being published as an author is a little like that. There is something amazing to be able to say that one is a published author as opposed to being an aspiring author. The breakthrough into being published has given me more confidence in my storytelling
What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?
I love the classics as well as eclectic titles – Wilkie Collins, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, the Bronte Sisters, Thomas Hardy, along with Camille Paglia, Anna Campbell, Philippa Gregory, CS Lewis’ philosophical and science fiction titles and I’m loving GK Chesterton.
What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?
Hmmm, I’m pretty broad in my tastes, so I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. I’ve eaten eel, shark, crocodile, kangaroo, goat, venison, pigeon, rabbit snails, chicken feet. I’d pretty much give anything a try.
You are a brave, brave woman! Chicken feet!
If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?
a) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.
c) Princess Leia from Starwars.
d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Funnily enough, I don’t really like Scarlett, she’s not a very nice person. Her reasons for stealing her sister’s beau and the dismissal of her own children, for instance are rather thin, but the way Margaret Mitchell has written such a complex character who is still engaging is a full credit to her.
Rather than rewrite the ending, I would like to see Scarlett grow up and learn the error of her ways and realise that her single-minded selfishness is not the way to achieve lasting happiness.
Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?
The very first one… can you imagine the royalties?!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to suspend time – there never seem to be enough hours in the day.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
I would love to go back to the early Regency period – which is the period in which Moonstone Obsession is set such a fascinating social and political era. The one thing I would want to take with me… modern sanitation!
Can you tell us about your works in progress?
I’ve just finished a large novel – another historical romance this one set in the late 11th century called Warrior’s Surrender about a Saxon noblewoman who is forced to wed the enemy – a Norman Baron who now has control of her family’s lands.
I’m about to start work on a contemporary novella, Miss Midnight, which is set in a country radio station.
Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from (insert book name here), please?
Selina raised her head and looked at James fully in the face.
“Truly, I am unharmed.” she nodded. “All except I think, for my dignity because you have been more than kind and you are far too important to have your time monopolised by me.”
James gave a half smile.
The tension and fear that had radiated from her when he first found her had dissipated. All she had needed was time, not a big scene which would have only embarrassed her further.
He decided to test the mood.
“And what if I told you that you are the only woman here whom I wouldn’t mind being monopolised by?”
Selina genuinely laughed. “Then I’d say you are a most notorious scoundrel and breaker of women’s hearts and I shouldn’t believe a word you tell me.”
James laughed at the spirited rejoinder.
She stood, placing one of her hands in his and giving it a squeeze.
“Thank you,” she smiled down at him.
He stood also, his eyes capturing hers. His hand returned the pressure before lifting her hand to his lips for a kiss that lasted a few moments longer than it needed to.
“I want to see you again, Selina.”
Elizabeth is kindly giving away an e-copy of her debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment below to be in the draw. This competition will be drawn on Monday the 25th of November and is open world wide.