PLEASE WELCOME ELIZABETH TO BOOKSHOUNDS
1. Do you have a secret talent?
Oh, I have so many! What to choose? *winks* My thumbs are double jointed, so if I ever get arrested, I won’t be handcuffed very long. I’m really good at painting, not on canvas or anything. But, if you need a room in your house painted, I’m your girl. And, I’m known for my cooking. I often get special requests for food when friends and family come to visit.
2. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?
I always have a song that happens to resonate with the characters of the book I’m writing. I’ll find myself listening to it when I first sit down at my laptop. I can’t listen to anything with words while I write, or I’ll start singing along instead of writing. But, I like to begin working with a song that puts me in the writer zone. For HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS it was Demons by Imagine Dragons. Andrew and Katie are both trying to overcome painful pasts in completely opposing ways. The lyrics to this song seemed to capture their struggles to find happiness and ultimately love.
3. What was the easiest thing about writing this book?
The conversations between Andrew and Katie. These two characters are different in every way imaginable and yet they’re paths in life are very similar. They disagree on most subjects, but when they push past what’s on the surface, they find a tentative friendship is waiting beneath their dislike for one another. There’s always a point in a book where the characters take over and begin to tell their own story, and in HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS that happens when Andrew finally cracks and visits Katie at her cottage. Katie is an unconventional lady who insists on living in the old gamekeeper’s cottage on her father’s property. Andrew couldn’t be more opposed to being unconventional. He’s a proper gentleman and abides by every rule in the book, until he’s stranded on Katie’s estate for 10 days. But, after a few days together, neither of their lives will be the same again. I love these characters, their chemistry, and their dialogue—I hope you do too.
4. Is there a word you love to use?
I love verbs. The simple beauty of an action has a larger meaning to me than a thousand nouns could ever produce. Some of my favorites are navigate, vanquish, and implore. Shampoo and yodel also make my favorites list even though I can’t really use them in a Regency set historical romance. Although, I could write a yodeling heroine at some point. She sounds like a quirky character I would write. *grins*
5. Any real or imaginary pets?
It’s funny that you would ask. Although I don’t currently have any pets, I had a black lab whom I loved dearly. He passed away a few years ago and I haven’t been able to bring myself to replace him, mostly because there is no replacing him. When I started writing this book, I knew that a key piece to the story would be Andrew’s horse who is injured on the road south from Scotland. His horse is the reason he’s stranded on Katie’s property, as well as, the reason he fled to Scotland to begin with two years ago. (If you read MUST LOVE DUKES, you may remember the scandal that forced him to leave town.) What I didn’t realize when I started writing this book was that as I wrote the story, Andrew’s horse took on the personality of my dog. The way he would look away and huff when he didn’t like what I was saying, down to the nudge of his head when he wanted my attention. I’d written my dog into this story only living on as a horse. I think he would be pleased. *grins*
Thank you for hosting me on BookHounds today! Do you have a favorite pet?