An Author Interview
by Coey Cain
Here we have the beautiful and entertaining, Elizabeth A. Lance. As far as anybody knows, it’s her real name. She’s the Author of multiple genres including Young Adult, contemporary, paranormal romance, historical romance and she’s also working on a children’s novel. Busy, busy woman.
Elizabeth hails from a small town in southern Indiana where she lives with her husband, Brandon, and their two tweens they affectionately call “Princess” and “That Boy”. They have three sassy cats that think they own the place, but don’t pay rent, and two German-Shepherd/Husky mix, wanna-be Koala bears. Elizabeth passes time by reading, working crossword puzzles and she teaches kids to love reading. Go say hello to Elizabeth on Facebook and drop her a line. She loves to hear from her fans and everyone is a potential new friend.
I know enough about Elizabeth to tell you, you couldn’t know a more kind-hearted, warm, engaging woman. She’s talked me off the ledge several times (hypothetically speaking) and that shows real character in a person. Patience is a virtue and this lady has it. She’s loving, sweet, and all that other mushy stuff that makes me feel like a goober for discussing.
Elizabeth A. Lance is the fine Author of:
Soul Mates: Scent
When the girl of his dreams walks into his homeroom class one October morning, Max Fergus, a seventeen year old quarterback and star student, has his world turned upside down; everything he has ever thought about himself and his life is changed in that instant and nothing will ever be the same again, because once you know you aren?t human, there?s no going back, no pretending you are less than you are.
Anna Lissa Felidae, a pure blooded shifter has been searching for her soul mate, the one guy that was meant for her, and just when she is sure she is about to run out of time, Diana, goddess of the hunt, appears to her and sends her in the right direction. With another shifter on her trail, one who is determined to have her no matter what the cost, Anna has just three short weeks to convince Max he is a pure blooded shifter, among other things, and teach him to fight so they can be together. With the help of a few Fae friends, a motley crew of shifters and Max?s best friend Tony, they are sure to win.
When Fantasy becomes Reality…
Writer, Mike Sutcliff, is ready for an easy going night with his brother, Tim, but when the woman of his dreams, literally, walks through the door, Mike is suddenly making decisions that will change his life.
Jaden Alexander is everything he could ever have imagined his perfect woman would be, and Mike should know, he’s been writing about her for years. Now he just has to convince Jaden that he’s her perfect match.
A case of Déjà vu…
Jaden Alexander thought it was just another typical night at the Roundhouse Restaurant and Bar, until Mike Sutcliff sat down at her table. Soon Jaden is experiencing visions of the future, and they all revolve around the handsome cowboy sitting in her section. Meeting Mike is Kismet, and Jaden must follow her heart to find the perfect path to her future…
Come spend a night at the Roundhouse and watch the sparks fly!
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Courting Danger, Agents for the Crown
Ellen Montgomery wants nothing more than to live her life on her terms. However when her Father catches her riding his favorite stallion astride and in her brothers breeches no less, he decides to send Ellen to Paris for some much needed polish before the London Season. Ellen is soon fascinated with the Lords she meets, but only one makes her blood burn in more ways than one!
Christopher Fairfax, the new Earl of Durham has sworn off women, they are nothing but trouble. But he soon finds himself intrigued by his best friend’s younger sister, a wild little hellion who won’t listen to reason and won’t stay out of his head.
Ellen and Christopher both find themselves courting danger when they find a common enemy in Lord Darby, a ruthless man wanted by the crown for murder. A man determined to gain Ellen’s hand and therefore her fortune in marriage by any means necessary. Ellen and Christopher must work together to stop him before it’s too late.
Courting Danger, Agents for the Crown will be re-released in the next coming weeks with CHBB Publishing.
Okay, here we go, let the interview commence… I asked Author Elizabeth A. Lance all the pertinent questions an interviewer should ask. And then I went a step further and got the beef. Then, I decided to throw a monkey wrench in her spokes and put her in the Hypothetical Hotspot™.
“You have to know the juice is worth the squeeze.” -The Girl Next Door
“I love this quote. It is always in my head when I’m writing. I want to make sure that what I’m writing is worth my reader’s time. So it reminds me to always put forth my best effort.” -Elizabeth A. Lance
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I first started writing in high school. My first book, the one that I actually finished, was Courting Danger, Agents for the Crown. It was around 1998, and it was not nearly as good as it is now. I think I rewrote that first book about nine times, perfecting it. Of course I had a family and worked during all of that time too, so technically it didn’t really take 12 years to finish it, LOL. Maybe three… the first one is always the hardest!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I do recall how I became interested in writing. I took a creative writing class as an elective and I fell in love with it. I’ve been writing ever since.
Where did you grow up and what was it like? I was born in Indiana, but I grew up all over the mid-west and south. My dad’s job had us moving quite a bit, so it was nice to see a good portion of the US while growing up. Baton Rouge and Kansas City are probably two of my favorite places that I lived as a child. When I married, my husband joined the military and we moved even more. I still didn’t get to see more than the Mid-west and South, but I did manage to make it to the Rocky Mountains and the great state of Colorado!
Where do you live now and what’s it like? Currently we are back in Indiana where my family has finally settled in a small southern town. It’s a nice place to raise kids, with great schools and good friends.
Do you have a day job? If so, tell us about it… I do have a day job; I’m a Resource Aide at a local elementary school. I help teach reading and math to kids in grades K-6th. I absolutely love it, the kids are amazing and I couldn’t ask for a better group of co-workers!
If you could write a different genre, what would it be? I would love to be able to write Steampunk. I think it is so cool, with the alternate time lines and gadgets.
How much of the book is based on real life experience? Well, Soul Mates: Scent is a paranormal young adult romance, so not a lot of it is based on real life experience; however, the town and school are based on my town and the southern Indiana area. And a few of the things the characters do are things that take place around me and my family.
What are your current projects? I am currently getting book two of the Soul Mates series as well as book two of the Agents for the Crown series ready to be published next month with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Also I am writing book three of the Soul Mates series, editing book three of the Agents for the Crown series, editing a Regency holiday short story, trying to find an illustrator for a children’s book and planning out book four of the Agent’s for the Crown series. I’m a really busy girl!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about a book and what would it be? I really don’t think that I would change anything. Maybe I would add a little bit more detail to the fight scenes, now that I know more, but honestly, I worked really hard to make the scenes as perfect as I could for each character.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Of course! Book two of the Soul Mates series is called Soul Mates: Bewitched. It is about a boy, Tony, Max’s best friend from book one, who goes to New York to find out who and what he really is and meets the girl of his dreams, a Sorceress named Jillian. Together they must fight the Queen and save the World from total Darkness.
Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you get your inspiration back? I think all writers experience writer’s block at some point or another. When it happens to me on a particular story, I set it aside and work on a different project for a while. If it happens on all of my current projects, then I set everything aside for a few days and I go read. If that doesn’t work, then I sit in front of my computer and type random things until something starts to make sense! LOL
What do you do when you are not writing? When I’m not writing I’m either being a Mom, a teacher, a wife, a chauffeur, a party planner, a maid, etc… or I’m reading or playing games on Facebook. I also love to watch old reruns of Murder She Wrote and I’m a big fan of Castle and all of the crime shows on TV.
How did you choose the genre you write in? I love the creativity of the paranormal genre, creating your own worlds and creatures, and characters is exciting for me. As for the Regencies, I adore the era, the elegance of it and I wanted to bring it to life for my readers.
Where do you get your ideas? With Soul Mates, I wanted to write a paranormal story from a male perspective that all of my older students would enjoy reading. And I’ve always been fascinated with Faeries.
Do you work with an outline, or just write? I never write an outline, I am a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of author. I usually have a basic idea for what I want to happen in the beginning and how I want the story to end, but how I get there is always a surprise to me!
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? You know how they say it takes a Village to raise a child? Well it takes major networking skills to market your novels these days, especially if you are just starting out. I use Facebook, Amazon and Goodreads extensively, and I do blog tours and give interviews. My publishing Family at CHBB is a huge blessing and help as well, we all work together to promote each other and help get our work out there.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? I have a couple of children’s stories that I love, but I haven’t attempted to find a publisher for them yet. My YA and Adult stories have been keeping me too busy to spend a good deal of time on them right now. It will happen; I just have to be patient.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Write every day, read often. Look at how other authors structure their sentences, read books on punctuation and how to market your book when you’ve finished writing.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? I love to meet readers and fans, and I love to talk to them, so they are welcome to contact me on my Facebook page.
A Message from Elizabeth A. Lance…
“We can’t do what we do, without you, the Reader! We write for you. We appreciate your feedback in reviews of our work and your help in spreading the word about the things you like and want to read more of. We love to hear from you, especially if you loved it, and most of us encourage readers to join our pages and share our work with their friends.”
The Hypothetical Hotspot™
with Elizabeth A. Lance
Here’s where things start to get really interesting. Think about it, what would you do if the zombies were trying to beat down your door and why are things the way they are? I question things all the time and I’m hitting your favorite Authors with my hypothetical questions. We’re going to figure it out together.
Elizabeth, what are you going to do when the Zombie Apocalypse hits? Okay, so I’ve been hearing a great deal about this Zombie Apocalypse, so I’ve been watching The Walking Dead to formulate a plan of action. First I’ve been practicing my aim, you have to make sure that you hit them in the head, so I use a watermelon and a slingshot with a rock, I think it will work. And I’ve got a good supply of food packed up in back packs along with a bow and arrow, cause I might have to do some hunting, (Not that’s I’d have any idea how to skin an animal if I needed to, but it can’t be that hard, right?) And my plan is to go as far south as I can, steal a boat and sail to a deserted island… No zombies there!
Where do babies come from? Well, when a mommy Faerie loves a daddy Faerie very much, an angel goddess comes down from heaven and whispers in the mommy Faerie’s ear and her tummy fills up with a baby Faerie and after nine months a baby Faerie is born.
Can you pick any product of your choice and write a catch-phrase for it? Calendars~ Marking your days from now until eternity.
Do you have Road Rage? Depends on the road, the day and how late I am! LOL However, while I might yell and scream in my car at you, I won’t actually make eye contact with you or run you off the road.
What are three of your worst habits? Procrastination, saying bad words, and eating too much candy
Do you know of any single men I could date, and who are they? Well, I do know some single men, but they’re fictional… are you partial to vampires or handsome English spies? Oh and I do know a single Viking God that is into Steampunk….
What happens when you get ‘half scared to death’ twice? I’m pretty sure you die… but don’t worry, we’ll see you again in the Summerland 😀
If I got slobbering drunk, would you make me a sandwich? Of course I would! A nice turkey and cheese with tomatoes and mayo…
If you write a book about failure, and it doesn’t sell, is it called success? I think it’s still a failure… two wrongs don’t make a right 😛
If something “goes without saying,” why do people still say it? Because we just can’t help ourselves and the person we’re talking to are probably not mind readers… of course if they were we wouldn’t ever have to say anything at all!
Why do all the superheroes wear underpants on the outside? I think they are trying to start a fashion trend.
Is “vice-versa” to a dyslexic just plain redundant? Duh, or is that hud…. hmmmm
What is another word for “thesaurus”? Canuchangeitaurus
What would happen if Batman gets bitten by a vampire? OH he’d become a Vampire bat and live in a cave and hey…. He already does that!
If chocolate comes from cocoa beans, and beans are a vegetable, why isn’t chocolate a vegetable? Chocolate is a vegetable, I don’ t know who you’ve been talking to, but don’t believe them. Dark chocolate is an especially good for you vegetable, you should eat it every day to keep your heart healthy! 😀
What’s the difference between normal ketchup and fancy ketchup? Fancy Ketchup is made up of Vine-ripened tomatoes, harvested by Faeries because they are more colorful and juicier.
When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny? It’s the difference between having three clouds in the sky and having four clouds in the sky.
Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions? All fortune cookie predictions must be read with the words “in bed” following each prediction and will hence forth only last until the next time you are in bed.
Why aren’t drapes double sided so it looks nice on the inside and outside of your home? I’ve always wondered that myself, secretly I think it is so that thieves don’t realize how pretty your house is on the inside and try to steal your stuff.
Why do people say beans, beans the magical fruit when beans are vegetables? Because Fruit rhymes with Toot, which is what beans make you do, unless they are magic beans, then you throw them out the window and grow a giant tree stalk and run into giants… could be bad, I’d stay away from those magic ones if I were you.
How fast do hotcakes sell? Faster than coldcakes and they’re much tastier too.
If a stripper gets breast implants can she write it off on her taxes as a business expense? Good question, I shall have to ask my tax man… just a moment… He says yes they are, the bigger the boobs the bigger the deduction… of course I think he’s full of it and just wants to see them, so you better check with the IRS before claiming them. 😛
Why are builders afraid to have a 13th floor but book publishers aren’t afraid to have a Chapter 11? Because 13th floors are HAUNTED! It’s where all of the ghosts and goblins live, don’t you watch Wizards of Waverly Place? They explained all of that. Now as for the Chapter 11, well Writers aren’t afraid of anything, so we have no fear of Chapter 11! 😀
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do they take them trick-or-treating? Duh. It’s so they can go through the candy, pull out their favorites and “claim” it came from a stranger and could be poisoned, so they better eat it just to be sure!
What does PU stand for (as in “PU, that stinks!”)? PU stands for Pheromone Utilization… the that stinks is because it’s usually not a scent we particularly like. 😛
How come lemon cleaning liquid contains real lemons, but lemon juice contains artificial flavorings? The juice from real lemons is a powerful cleaning agent, works like bleach… brightens everything and makes it smell nice, however lemon juice is very tart and will only taste good if artificial sweeteners are added to it. 😀
Why do they put holes in crackers? Duh, so the cheese can breathe!
What do people in China call their good plates? Royal Daltons, of course!
If someone owns a piece of land, do they own it all the way to the center of the earth? No, only to Middle Earth.
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? More than 10,000 people outside of their family must have heard of them for it to be considered assassination… at least that is how it works in Faerie World.
There you have it, folks. Wise words, clever answers and more things to think about from the lovely Elizabeth A. Lance. Elizabeth, thank you for your time and brilliant answers. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
Until next time, stay sharp.
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