Several years ago a friend of mine told me that I HAD to read this author she’d just discovered. She sent me three of this authors books, it was the Prince’s trilogy by Elizabeth Hoyt. I was instantly hooked on her. Then I got to meet her at RomCon, and bonus she had a new series coming out. From the moment I began reading her latest series I couldn’t get enough of it.
I’m super excited that we have her on the blog today to talk about her and what else her latest series, and most especially her newest book Scandalous Desires.
TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
EH: Gosh, it’s hard to narrow it down to one person. The narrowest I can get is three: Stephanie Laurens, Lisa Kleypas, & Christina Dodd.
TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
EH: I’m violently allergic to cats…which is just as well, otherwise we’d have cats as well as dogs and we already have three dogs!
TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go, a place on your bucket list?
TBRG: What was the first romance book that you read?
EH: The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
TBRG: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?
EH: Nalini Singh, Eloisa James, Jim Butcher, and Eileen Dreyer are on my “Must Buy Immediately or Die” list. At the moment I’m reading Swept Away By a Kiss by Katherine Ashe.
TBRG: If you weren’t writing and keeping us in books (thanks for that by the way), what would you be doing?
EH: Not anything special, that’s for sure. I have no marketable skills besides Making Things Up. I’m singularly fortunate to be able to make a living at it!
TBRG: What is your guilty pleasure?
TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?
EH: Coldplay, Adele, and Dido.
TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?
EH: my imagination
TBRG: Are you a planner or a fly by the sear author?
EH: Both, depending on how much time I have to plan!
TBRG: How did you come up with the Maiden Lane Series?
EH: I think (it’s hard to remember the germ of an idea!) that I started with a guy running around in a mask (the Ghost of St. Giles) and then I started reading about the gin laws during this time period (early Georgian) and all the social problems gin drinking caused and I thought it would be an excellent time in which to set a series.
TBRG: Tell us about the series?
EH: The Maiden Lane series takes place in Georgian London during a time when gin was like crack cocaine—it was cheap, widely available, and addictive. A lot of the series is set in St. Giles, a wretchedly poor part of London, but there’s also aristocratic families in the series and even some middle class people. I hoped to create a vibrant world with lots of possibilities.
TBRG: What do you want us to know about this book?
EH: Unlike most historicals, my hero and heroine aren’t titled. In fact, they’re middle-class (Silence, the widow of a ship’s captain) and lower class (Charming Mickey O’Connor, a pirate who began life as the son of a whore.)
TBRG: The heroes in this series aren’t your typical regency heroes, what made you decide to have these men as your heroes?
EH: I love the aristocratic hero, but there’s sooo many other heroes to love, even in historical romance. The self-made man (like Mickey O’Connor), the saint (Winter Makepeace) and the social outcast (Lazarus Huntington, who is an aristocrat, but not your usual one.) There’s just so many stories I want to write about these interesting characters and new ones you’ll read about in upcoming books. I have to give kudos to my editor (Amy Pierpont) for never once blinking an eye when I told her I wanted to write about, for instance, the manager of an orphanage!
TBRG: Mickey and Silence aren’t what a reader would expect in a historical romance, were they easier of harder write?
EH: A bit of both. When you have a hero who isn’t an aristocrat, I think the author has to work harder to show why this man is hero material. And, of course, Mickey starts out as an anti-hero. 😉 Silence seemed easy on the surface, but it took me several drafts to shade in her character and why she is who she is.
TBRG: Using 3-5 adjectives describe Mickey and Silence.
EH: Mickey is ruthless, charming, and unpredictable. Silence is stubborn, strong, and very loving.
TBRG: At the end of Scandalous Desires you reveal who the Ghost of St. Giles is, did you always know who it was?
EH: Of course! 😉
TBRG: What are you working on now?
EH: I just finished the first draft of Thief of Shadows (out July 2012) and I’m plotting book 5 of the Maiden Lane series, Lord of Darkness.
***Because I love this book and this series so much I’m giving away one copy of the book. All you have to do is tell which of her books is your favorite. Contest rules apply. Open to US and International***
River Pirate ‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the King of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets—with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.
That the only true treasure . . .
Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she’s finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. But this time she won’t be the only one paying the price for his sins.
Lies in a woman’s heart?
When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.