Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Author Interview &Giveaway: Liz Carlyle
A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I let the story flow and plan almost nothing, often to my detriment.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Yes, always. And, generally, I let them.
What is your favourite food?
Today it’s prawns korma. I’m craving it.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a morning person.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I’ve had the good fortunate to travel a good deal, but have never been to China. I would like to see it because it is a nation on the cusp of great change. Well, perhaps already over the cusp . . .
Do distant places feature in your books?
Not terribly. All my books are set almost exclusively in the UK save for an occasional scene or two.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No, I need total quiet.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
The book is called A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT and it is a mid-Victorian romance set primarily Wiltshire.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
That it is an ever-changing business!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Perhaps I should have started writing sooner rather than waiting so late in life, but in general, no.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
As a child I read a lot of gothic romance and Agatha Christie murder mysteries. Georgette Heyer was also a huge favorite.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Good luck. It’s a wildly-changing business these days and I wish us all good luck in figuring it out.
What are three words that describe you?
Quiet. Steady. Organized.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I haven’t read her much lately, but I’d have to give the nod to Georgette Heyer.
Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . .
On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .
Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?
List of previous books if any
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
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