Month: March 2016

An Interview With Actor Marcus Alexander

 

 
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https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMarcusAlexander


Q:
 What made you interested in acting?

 

A: Honestly, as a child I loved watching the end credits of movies that showed bloopers. I saw how much fun the actors and crew had when they messed up and I wanted to be a part of that fun.

 

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

 

A: I would say that I ascribe to Stanislavski’s system of acting in which I pull from my own memory of emotions to portray a character genuinely from experience.

 

Q:  What is Jerry about?

 

A: Jerry is about a guy who’s fed up with life and sees suicide as the only way out. He tries cutting his wrist but is unable to follow through with it and then gets mad that he can’t do it. He finally settles on taking a ton of pills. He ends up in a hospital and saved from his failed suicide attempt. His older brother picks him up from the hospital and takes him home. His brother is shocked that Jerry would try to take his life and stays at Jerry’s house for a while to make sure his little brother is okay and in good spirits.

 

Q:  What role do you play?

 

A: I play the main character Jerry.

 

Q:  What life experiences did you draw from when preparing for the role?

 

A: I was actually suicidal before, so I put myself back in that mindset to properly portray Jerry. I remembered the times where I wanted to quit and wanted an escape from the pain. Jerry was supposed to be in pain after he came out of the hospital and I actually had a migraine that day. I didn’t take any medicine so I could use the pain of the migraine for the film.

 

Q:  How is it different from other films about suicide?

 

A: It just shows that anyone can be affected by thoughts of suicide. People who have watched the film told me that they were able to feel Jerry’s pain and that’s exactly what I wanted. When you can feel the film, it stays with you forever.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence you as an artist?

 

A: I’m an Account Manager for a Real Estate Lending company in downtown Chicago. Every experience in life is an opportunity to use those scenarios in potential future films. If I’m ever in a film where I have to play an office worker, I have a lot of experience to glean from. My job keeps me motivated to pursue my art because I do not want a normal day job for the rest of my life. I want my art to be my main means of income. Being at my job every day pushes me to pursue my acting more and more so I can escape the dream killer known as the 9 to 5.

 

Q: How did you go about deciding what to leave in and out of your reel?

 

A: I wanted to choose the scenes which best portray the many sides of my acting. I tried to include scenes that portrayed me as urban, intellectual, sarcastic, with an accent, and emotional. I obviously left out scenes where I didn’t have much screen time.

 

Q:  What is your oddest Chicago story?

 

A: The only thing I can really think of is back in High School I joined a girl for a protest and the protestors shut down Lake Shore Drive. We were on the road walking through cars. Not necessarily odd, but definitely memorable.

 

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed?

 

A: I love Denzel Washington in Training Day. I would love to attempt to portray Alonzo in that movie. I don’t think I would do as well as Denzel, but I would love to try. I’m drawn to characters that have extremes. He was very angry and had moments of high intensity emotion in that film. I love that. I love extremes. Playing an every day person is fine, but I like the extreme roles that challenge me to go deeper and pull out intense emotions. I feel that those are also the most memorable roles. I want to make great film that’s memorable and will be remembered for decades.

An Interview With Author Kim Smith

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Kim Smith is the author of, The Dread Room and the series, Case of the Missing Body; here is a link to her website:

 

http://www.kimsmithauthor.com/

 

Q: What inspired you to start writing?

 

A: I began my first novel with the intention of writing the REST of the story for the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. I hated that they just loaded up in a sail ship and fled the country. I wanted to know what happened next. And what about those cool creatures, the elves? I had to write what I wanted to see happen. Of course, it remains buried in my desk drawer…

 

Q: What is the overall theme of The Dread Room?

 

A: I reckon there is not a true theme. It is a collective of my strange and bizarre story creations. It was a way to get them OFF of my computer and do something with them. It was also a good way to offer readers something different as I am not known for writing weird, experimental fiction. It’s really a look into my darker side.

 

 

Q: What is the series Case of the Missing Body about?

 

A: Folly Jenkins plays with tarot cards and one day when she has a strange dream, strange things start to happen. The first story is about the skeleton much like the death card that shows up in a neighbor’s yard. Story two is about how Folly has to get out of the police station and how another tarot character shows up there. And story three is about the solving of the skeleton mystery. I have a story four planned because Folly STILL has to babysit the cop’s kids.

 

Q: What makes Folly Jenkins an interesting character?

 

A: I think it’s because of her curiosity. Characters in stories need to move around and do stuff, and she is never still.

 

Q: What life experiences do you draw from when you write?

 

A: Well, since I am older than dirt (no really!) I feel like I always have something in my experiences to draw from. My latest book, Disk of Death is set in a small Mississippi town very much like my own. It’s easy to write from things that are familiar to the author.

 

Q: Who are some of your literary influences and how can we see that in your work?

 

A: I adore the classic books.  Eudora Welty’s collection is one of my favs. She gets the essence of rural writing. I also love great settings and fun characters like those in books by Karen White and Wendy Wax. I am influenced by Southern writers.

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?

 

A: Ha! The evil day job. Well, it doesn’t influence my writing other than make me want to write more so I can quit. I have worked all of my life and I am ready to retire. I am a 9-5’er who works in a huge corporation setting. It’s nothing like what I write.

 

Q: What have you done to promote your book?

 

A: This is a very difficult part of the writing life. I use my blog at kimsmithauthor.com and my podcast at writergroupie.net to help get the word out that I am a writer, and of course, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media sites as well. I think to promote a book best, you have to be a member of the reading world. That’s why I appreciate this opportunity so much!

 

Q: What is the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome with your writing?

 

A: My biggest challenge is finding time. I work a full-time job, help my hubby with a part-time business, write, edit, publish, promote my work, and have a house to maintain. It’s tough.

 

Q: If you could live a day in the life of any one of the characters you have written about, who would it be and why?

 

A: Ben Jessup from Love Inn. He has a small business doing what he loves, and he gets to meet people from everywhere at The Inn. I think I would love to have a bed and breakfast and be able to entertain.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

 

An Interview With Writer H.C. Bentley

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H.C. Bentley is the author of the upcoming novel Her Last Love; here is a link to the Facebook page:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/HC-Bentley-941554982573874/

 

Q:  What is, Her Last Love about?

 

A: Ultimately, it’s about two people finding their way back, in more ways than one. Lynn finds her way home, Carter finds his way back to the life he’s always wanted to have, and they both find their way back to each other. There are issues and struggles, as there are with any person or relationship, but it’s the paths the characters choose and the choices they make that make the journey interesting.  The full synopsis is available on my website for anyone who’s interested.

 

Q:  What makes Lynn worth reading about?

 

A: Having been in the military and on her own  for so many years, Lynn is a woman who is used to being independent, and as such, a bit tough. But she suffers a very traumatic personal experience that has her questioning herself. She’s also vulnerable where her loved ones and emotions are concerned. Her evolution from soldier back to civilian, trying to regain her confidence while navigating the ins and outs of a relationship, makes her an interesting character.

 

Q:  What do you think motivates Carter?

 

A: His kids are priority one for him. Without giving too much away, he knows that he is the only one who can make sure they’re safe, healthy and protected. But he also knows that in order to be at his best for them, he has to make himself happy as well. Which is where Lynn comes in.

 

Q:  What experiences did you draw from when writing the book?

 

A: I’d say this book is 90% fiction, 10% personal experiences.  I did travel extensively while I was stationed overseas, and I touch on that a bit in the book.  I also do live in a small town, so I drew from that to – hopefully – give that feel to the story.

 

Q:Who are some of your writing influences and how can we see that in the book?

 

A: I am a HUGE fan of Nora Roberts.  Several shelves on my personal bookcase are dedicated to her work. She has a way of drawing you in and making her characters seem like real people, someone you could know in your everyday life. I hope that is something that can be seen in my work, as well.

 

Q:  What kind of a day job do you have and how does it help or hinder your creative work?

 

A: I work as a library cataloger. Basically, everything that comes into the library to be placed on the shelf for lending has to come through my office for labeling and entry into our system. But I do work with the patrons in helping find books, checking them out, etc., as well. I also have a part-time business doing photo restorations and photographing portraits. This, plus my kids, keeps me busy. It can make writing time hard to come by some days. However, with my job I get to people-watch and interact with different individuals, which gives me an endless supply of personalities to choose from when I’m building characters.

 

Q:  What is the weirdest thing you have seen anyone do at the library?

 

A: Things at the library are, for the most part, pretty tame. We get our share of interesting people, sure, but nothing really weird has happened since I’ve been there. However, we do have some pretty comfy chairs for our patrons to curl up in while they read and sometimes they do nap. So I guess I’d have to say that’s probably oddest thing I’ve seen!

 

Q:  What are you doing to promote your book?

 

A: Oh, wow, where to start! I’m pretty active on social media, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ve been posting teasers and such there several times a week. I’ve got a giveaway going on my Goodreads page, and I’ve been contacting reviewers and bloggers to get my book out there. Also, I’ve got my book launch party planned as an author takeover event on my Facebook page on April 2nd, so the other authors that are taking part of that are promoting my book for me as well.

 

Q:  What are some common misconceptions people have about the military?

 

A: I can only speak for me personally, but things about women in the military. There is still the attitude, for some, that the military isn’t a place for women. That they can’t do everything that a man can do, and so on. This may be true in regards to some women, but I served with some awesome female soldiers who could – and did – put the men to shame in different aspects of the job. I think it just depends on the individual woman and her determination to succeed. It definitely takes a certain mindset to be part of something, to succeed in something, that is primarily male dominated.

 

Q:  If Lynn came to the library what is the first book you would recommend to her?

 

A: I think I’d have to start her out on the In Death series by JD Robb. The female lead in that book, Eve, would appeal to Lynn. Eve is a tough, no-nonsense, kick-butt-and-take-names kind of girl, but she also has a very vulnerable, maybe even soft, side to her. I’d like to think that Lynn could relate to her on some level.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Inteview WIth Idol Features Webmaster Chris Charles

 

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Chris Charles runs the website Idol Features; here is a link:

 

http://www.idolfeatures.com/

 

 

 

Q:  What gave you the idea for Idol Features?

 

A: After I got out of the Army and had been teaching in Korea for a couple of years, I started a personal blog. (It was on Xanga, which is now as good as dead.) It was on my activities, which included going to many events, films, and stage plays. I included a lot of photos of myself with the many Korean celebs I’d met. After a couple of years, it got the attention of a webmaster of a popular entertainment website, who invited me to contribute to his site. I agreed, but didn’t start contributing to that site until I returned to the US and had more time to blog. After contributing to that and a couple of other sites for a few years, I decided to start my own site. At first, Idol Features was just an unnamed “storage” site for the articles I’d written for other sites, so they could all be found at one place. Later, I decide to develop the site. I contacted ladies who were in the entertainment industry. Models, actresses, singers, you name it, about doing interviews for the site. A good percentage agreed and Idol Features just kept growing. It feels good to be able to give these ladies positive exposure and promote their works to a larger audience. The name “Idol Features” just came to me as a working title at first, but since I thought it had a nice ring to it, and I didn’t come up with anything else I liked better, I stuck with it. Currently, besides myself, I have three other talented people contributing to the site and I’m always looking for more. I’ve also recently expanded to include a podcast channel.

 

Q: Why just ladies?

 

A: I just find ladies more enjoyable to write about and interview than I do men. So, my site, my rules, ladies only.

Q:  My “Page of Flakes” was inspired by your “Incomplete Interviews.” About what percentage of your interview subjects don’t answer their questions?

 

A: Yes, I saw that! I see you don’t have any names on that page, so far. I hope you don’t have to add any, but with e-mail interviews, I’m sure you eventually will. Of all the subjects of Idol Features’ Incomplete Interviews, all have been e-mail interviewees who agreed to interviews but never replied to the interview questions I sent them. I don’t count ladies I’ve contacted to request an interview and never replied to my request, because if they don’t reply and agree to an interview, I don’t go to the trouble of doing research on them to come up with questions. Roughly 10-15% of the ladies who’ve agreed to e-mail interviews never followed through. I’ve never had an in-person, telephone, or Skype interviewee stand me up, but if I ever do, I’ll still publish the audio, which will have me asking questions, followed by 10 seconds of silence after each one. You can count on that because I’m not going to let my time and efforts go to waste.

 

Q:  Why do you think people do this?

 

A: I’ve heard a whole laundry list of excuses, from “very busy” to “didn’t have Internet” (despite being able to somehow post to social media daily, without interruption) to “broke up with my boyfriend of nine years” (no kidding). Bottom line is; aside from being incapacitated and unable to communicate with the free world, there’s no excuse to just blow off an interview after agreeing to it, or change your mind about doing it without contacting the interviewer and letting them know. It’s inconsiderate and lazy.

 

Q:  Who was your most memorable interview subject?

 

A: I’d have to say actress Debra LambI was a fan of hers from the first time I saw her on the cover of Easyriders magazine back in 1987, when she was doing a lot of modeling. Easyriders didn’t give any info on her, other than giving her name as “Debbie,” and for all I knew, that may not have been her real name. It was the pre-Internet days, so I didn’t have any go-to sources to do any digging to find out who she was, so that was that until I saw her again the following year when she graced the March 1988 cover of Super Cycle magazine. Still, no info on her, but I figured she was a Los Angeles-based model as both those magazines were headquartered in LA. In 1994, when I was living in Nashville, I caught her in a video entitled Stripping Telegram, which was actually a competition shot at an LA nightclub a few years prior. Her name was still only given as “Debbie,” but later that same year, I saw her featured in an issue of Focus magazine by Draculina Publishing. Not only did I finally find out what her name was, it included her bio and all of her film credits up to that point. So, I was able to find some of her movies at video stores, such as Beverly Hills Vamp and The Invisible Maniac. Fast Forward to early 2011. I wondered what Debra was up to then, so I did an Internet search and found her psychic healing website. I sent her a message about an interview, but she didn’t reply. I just figured she had moved on and didn’t want to be reminded of her past, as some ladies don’t. However, I was wrong. I found her on Facebook and saw that we had a mutual friend, Reyna Young aka “Miss Misery” of Last Doorway Productions. So, I asked Reyna if she’d put in a good word for me with Debra, in hopes she’d do an interview with me. Much to my delight, Debra soon thereafter contacted me and told me she’d never received my e-mail, otherwise she would have gladly replied and accepted my offer. We set up a telephone interview and the three-plus hours we first spoke seemed to fly by. We talked about the films she’d done, the places she’d worked, and the people she’d worked with back in the day. It was like talking to an old friend. Actually Debra and I have since become friends and I can’t say enough good things about her.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to run your blog?

 

A: These days, I’m a full-time web content writer, part time musician in a bar band, and very part time ESL (English as Second Language) teacher. I have plenty of time to run and update Idol Features since I’m online when I do my writing. In fact, I’ll often have a window open for whatever article I’m writing for my “day job” and other windows open to write, add content, and do research for Idol Features. I go back and forth between the two tasks.

 

Q:  Why do you think horror is such a popular genre?

 

A: A lady I interviewed a few months ago, Sarah Nicklin, said something regarding this,  that I agree with. Horror films, at least in the indie film industry, seem to get the most attention, they’re the easiest to get distribution for, and they get the widest distribution of any other genre. Also, many of us grew up watching horror. Regardless of one’s age, you recall the fright films of your generation. Whether it was the Universal classics, the campy drive-in flicks of the 50s, the 70’s gore, the 80’s “super villains” or however you’d classify the 90s and beyond breed of horror. Show me someone who says they can’t stand horror films, and I’ll show you a person who’s no fun to hang out with.

 

Q:  What trends in horror films annoy you?

 

A: Unnecessary remakes for one. It seems like some producers and/or directors feel it’s necessary to remake a film just because it’s so many years old. In some cases, the remake stands on it’s own merits, but in most, viewers just think it pales in comparison to the original and that setting it in the modern day just doesn’t work. Oh, and why was it necessary to remake Carrie not once but twice?? I could go on and on with examples. Don’t get me started on the Psycho or Friday the 13th remakes.

As far a sequels and entries into a franchise or trilogy; it’s annoying when they don’t maintain good continuity throughout the films. The Scream trilogy (I say “trilogy” because I refuse to acknowledge Scream 4) was awesome, but the characters in Scream 2 were watching the fictional “Stab” and then in Scream 3, the characters were shooting the fictional “Stab 3” when it should have been “Stab 2.”  I mean, the fictional “Stab” trilogy was based on what we were watching in the Scream trilogy, so how could they have already been shooting “Stab 3” in Scream 3 when Scream 3 hadn’t even played out yet??  Halloween II was an excellent sequel as the story literally picked up right  where the first one left off, and with the same actors and actresses reprising their roles. Halloween 3 was a good movie in itself, but it had nothing to do with the rest of the franchise, so it shouldn’t have been released as part of it. Same with Jaws 3, even though that wasn’t a good movie. The storylines should remain feasible, too. Halloween 4 continued on with Michael Myers and company, but it was just 10 years after the first film and here’s Laurie Strode’s 8 year-old daughter? So, good, virginal, straight-A student Laurie got herself pregnant right out of high school? Who was the father?? We know it wasn’t Ben Tramer.

Q:  What other kinds of writing do you do?

 

A: Besides the interviews and articles I write for Idol Features, I write web content for other sites, but that’s like my “day job” and I can’t say I always enjoy what I’m writing. Press releases, product descriptions, informative pieces. Occasionally an article on some subject matter relative to the product the website is for. I once wrote an article about whiskey drinking songs for a distillery’s website and that was fun. Unfortunately, a lot of  the stuff I write for pay is boring, but it always hones my writing skills. I’ve also been working on a non-fiction account of my experiences when I lived in South Korea. I’ve never considered myself much of a fiction writer, but I do have a couple of projects I’ve outlined and will start working on this year.

 Q: If you could make a movie starring any of your interview subjects, who would you pick and what would be the plot?

A: Hmm ….wasn’t expecting this kind of a question. Since so many of the ladies I’ve interviewed are indie actresses who’ve done mostly horror, I’ll go with a horror film. The setting would be a small town that a group of ladies left after high school, 10 years earlier. They would all be members of the same club. They’d return there for a reunion and they’d all have a common bond. Each also would have a secret from 10 years earlier, that they hadn’t shared. A classmate of theirs died right after graduation. It was ruled an accident but everyone always had their doubts. Arielle Brachfeld, Sarah Nicklin, Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Sarah French, Tara Cardinal, Terissa Kelton, and Tristan Risk, are some of the ladies who come to mind for playing the returning alumnae. Debra Lamb, Liane Langford, Carly Capra, Judy Cerda, and Jessica Felice, who does some amazing voices and can play much older characters, would be great as former teachers or townswomen. The ladies would get snuffed out one by one. There would be speculation as to who the killer is, a red herring or two, and finally, an ending that would catch viewers by surprise when the second part of it was revealed. Sort of like at the end of the first Scream, when Billy revealed himself as the killer, which wasn’t too surprising ….but when Stu was revealed to be his accomplice; surprise! I’d also try to talk Patty Mullen, of Frankenhooker fame, into flying out to do a cameo. I did an interview with her last month and her and I hit it off. Most of the aforementioned ladies are West Coast-based, so that would make shooting the film more feasible. Hmm ….now I’m inspired to write an actual script. It’s been a pleasure, Eliza.

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Author Lofn Dabria

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Lofn Dabria is the author of, Love Me Like a Waterfall; here is a link to the Amazon page:

 

 

Q:  What is Love Me Like a Waterfall,” about?

 

A:  Love me like a waterfall is an inspirational story about a broken heart, adventure, redemption, and the courage to love again with a hint of mysticism through water. Mattie, our young heroine, has a long-term relationship with a rock star named Donald. Their relationship keeps clashing due to his career. Donald invites Mattie to a party and she is shocked when he introduces her as a songwriter and not his girlfriend. Brokenhearted she leaves him. A few months later, Donald comes back to Mattie after getting a phone call from her friend. He begs for her to come back to him but she decides it is best to move on. She takes a vacation to Brazil and meets a mysterious exotic man who turns her world upside down. They build a friendship and Mattie desires to take it to the next level but she remembers her checkered past. She parts ways with the exotic stranger and returns home refreshed and filled with more wisdom. By a chance of serendipity, she bumps into a man she saw back in Brazil who took her fancy for a moment. They have a strange encounter, meet again in water, and she realizes she can have the courage to be loved like a waterfall. Like a lotus love blooms and wilts with time but it can be reborn. And just like a waterfall it comes back full stream to the source of one’s heart never closing out.

 

Q:  What makes Mattie an character worth reading about?

 

A: What makes her worth reading is her relatability and being the woman that we all are in any given relationship. She learns through her own mistakes and sees what kind of love she wants.

 

Q:  What is the meaning of the title?

 

A:  The meaning of the title is how one would look at themselves. How does water flow and would define yourself to your natural element? Water never fades or flows in different directions unless the course of action does so. The title is a representation of my love for water and looking at love how it flows all the way around full circle.

 

Q:  How is it different from other erotic books?

 

A: This is different from other erotic books because the elements in the story define the characters and the hope of reaching one another is key.

 

Q: Who are some of your writing influences?

 

A: My writing influences when writing this book is Melody Gardot and Sade. I looked at their music and also the way they perceive through their emotional sway. I pictured that to see if I could do that to by bringing these characters to life.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your writing?

 

A: I work in sales and marketing. I am around people all the time. Looking at different people all the time gives me new stories and incentive to see the world a little more differently when walking in their shoes.

 

Q:  What have you done to promote your writing?

 

A: I have been doing some PR for my book and campaign on social media to promote it out there.

 

Q:  What inspires you to write?

 

A: What inspires to me write is the imagination of what other stories I can come up with. I have been writing since I was a small child. I never think, I just do and what inspires me is the thrill of the written and oral word. It is hard to say what inspires me when all things can inspire me.

 

Q:  What do you think is the difference between good erotica and bad erotica?

 

A: The difference to me is a plot that what makes a good erotica versus bad erotica. The plot, characters and setting of the story really matter.

 

Q:  If you could go to a rock concert with any character from literature who would it be?

 

A: I would go with probably would go with moody Spock. I think he would be interesting to go with because his reaction would be the best.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Romance Novelist Cheri Champagne

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Cheri Champagne is a historical romance novelist who is the author of The Mason Siblings Series; here is a link to her website:

 

http://cherichampagne.com/index.html

 

 

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

A: As funny as this answer might be, I didn’t know that I wanted to be a writer. I spent so many years as a child, youth, and young adult writing stories and poetry, but I’d always considered it something I merely did for my own enjoyment, rather than for sharing with others. It was only after I’d finished writing my first novel that I’d truly begun to consider myself a writer.

 

 

Q: Why romance novels?

A: I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and romance novels always deliver. More importantly, however, reading a romance novel can alter your perspective on others, encouraging you to think about the unique things that make them who they are, and why they’re important. For example, the part of a person’s hair, the way their eyes light up when they see something they like, their nervous habits, the way they curl their hair behind their ear… All of those things often go overlooked in our day-to-day lives. Not everyone is perfect, but reading romance novels teaches us to appreciate the smaller nuances of a person’s character, and love them for it. I aim to be a part of that world.

 

Q: What makes Lane Mason a desirable object of affection?

 

A: Lane is a hopeless romantic. He’s solicitous, kind, and gentle, but he’s got a secret problem.  Additionally, he is well-meaning but foolhardy in his plan to give his best friend (and the lady of his affection) the adventure she’s always wanted.

 

 

Q: What characteristics make for an interesting heroine and how are they evidenced in your heroines?

 

A: I like to create strong-willed, brave, courageous, and independent heroines that flout the rules and expectations of society in Regency England. I believe that having leading ladies that know what they want and go for it makes for interesting and entertaining stories.

 

 

Q: What kind of historical research do you do for your books?

 

A: My reference and research books are rather important in my writing career. They include Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloster, and An Elegant Madness – High Society in Regency England by Venetia Murray; both excellent reference guides to what life was like in Regency England. Colonial Fashion of the Georgian Era, edited by SB Jeffrey from high Quality Wikipedia Articles, is a superb, detailed look at clothing both before the Regency period, and during. Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, by Ginny Redington Dowes with Olivia Collings, pairs nicely with the book on fashion, and has some lovely images that give inspiration.

 

During my research into the Napoleonic War (1803-1815) and the impact it had on life in England during the years depicted in my works (1814-1815), I referenced The Mammoth Book of Soldiers at War – Firsthand Accounts of Warfare from the Age of Napoleon Edited by Jon E. Lewis, and The First Total War by David A. Bell.

 

I have created a list of others, and my online resources, on my website.

 

 

Q: What does your job as Acquisitions Manager for Pandamoon Publishing entail?

 

A: When we receive new submissions from authors, I look them over and assign them to the appropriate Acquisitions Team member, though I take most of the submissions on, myself. The A-Team member reads the submission and sends me their recommendation, which I then pass on to our CEO.

In addition to a great deal of reading, my job entails creating reports and corresponding with authors.

 

I’ve got to say that I absolutely love my job. Reading submissions from so many talented authors is a privilege and an honour!

 

Q: You are a stay at home mom as well. How do you divide up your time?

 

A: Dividing my time is a challenge. As any parent knows, whether they stay at home with their kids or they go to a job outside of the house, life with children is a joy…but it also comes with its difficulties. I wish that I could say that I have a set schedule for my time, that I work four hours on my own writing, four hours on Acquisitions, and my afternoon and evening with my kids and my husband, but my life is more like a string of tiny moments.

 

I’m human, so I get frazzled trying to get my older boys off to school (we all walk together, though the two-year-old twins sit in the stroller), then I come home and try to get some work in with the twins climbing on me. I often get sucked into playing with toys, cuddling, or doing some colouring. It’s usually after I get the twins down for a nap that I can actually get some quality work time in.

 

Gratefully, I have a good deal of help from my husband and my mom. My husband comes home from work around 4pm and he’ll take over for me so I can sneak away. My mom also takes the kids off my hands at least one day per week, which is amazing. I owe a great deal to both of them!

 

 

Q: What is the oddest thing you have ever heard from an editor or beta reader?

 

A: I’ve had people question my use of Canadian and British spelling before, but nothing terribly odd. I have experienced discomfort from my parents as readers, though. After reading my first novel several years ago, they’d asked me how I knew so much about the male anatomy. Those were awkward and definitely uncomfortable conversations.

 

 

Q: You have been picked up by a publisher, how did you go about finding one?

 

A: I started out as many authors do, doing research and submitting queries to an array of agents and publishers. I’d soon after turned to self-publishing, but as I have no formal training in marketing myself, my work seemed to go unnoticed.

 

Strangely enough, I first learned of Pandamoon after the CEO, Zara Kramer, followed me on Twitter.  I was curious about the company, so I did some research. Loving what they stood for and how they did business, I sent in a query, which was met with positive response.

 

 

Q: You get in a time machine and go 100 years into the future where you are asked to write a historical romance about the 2016 elections. Who is your main character and why would you pick him or her?

 

A: Coming from a Canadian’s perspective, I would likely write about a Canadian hockey player whose American team is affected by the elections. Nothing too direct, as politics often create conflict, but close enough to feel the ripples. Not only are they athletic and entertaining, but there are so many story options to choose from.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.