Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog Judy. I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy your daily quotes; they always pick me up, and make me laugh or smile.
I love hearing that! Thank you. I have a great time looking for them. Sometimes I’ll just burst out laughing and my kids are like “What?”
Before we get started, I want to alert everyone that at the end of the interview, you have the chance to win an eBook copy of Cutters vs. Jocks and Binding Arbitration. Yay!
So, the first thing I always ask my guest authors is when did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve written for as long as I can remember, first short stories in grade school, then teenage poetry filled with angst during high school. During college I went on to pursue other things, business and interior design, but I always had a nagging desire to write. I started to write a historical novel that’s never seen the light of day.
Once I set that aside, I seriously started writing Binding Arbitration. I worked on Binding Arbitration on and off for several years until I entered it into a contest, and it took third place. I figured I was onto something, and then I published it.
Happy for us! Binding Arbitration is a wonderful book. How long does it take you to write one of your novels?
That all depends, but I can usually finish a first draft in about 1-2 months, and then I play with it for a bit after that. So I’d say about 3 months, give or take.
Wow, that’s pretty fast. Good for you! Where do you usually get your ideas?
I usually get a theme or concept from something abstract. For example, I visited France and went to Sainte-Chapelle Church. The entire building is stained glass, and I thought that stained glass windows were so much like people. We’re all pieces and parts, emotions and thoughts held together by this cerebral cortex, and its much the same for the colored pieces of glass that are held together with the lead filaments. And this abstract thought became the basis for my current work in progress titled Stained.
That’s really cool. And deep! What do you do when you’re not writing?
Both of my daughters play travel sports, so you’ll find me either courtside at a basketball game or somewhere on a dirt field watching a softball double header. I love to travel, but because of my girls’ sports we’ve been going to exciting places like St. Louis and Omaha. I’m also a licensed interior designer, so I usually have some sort of design project brewing in the back of my mind.
What do you think is the best way of publishing a book these days?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That my words have the power to touch other people’s lives, so much so that they examine their own worlds in new ways based upon what happens to my characters. Binding Arbitration seems to be one of those books that stick with people, that people don’t just read it, but they feel that they are part of it right along with Aidan, Libby and Cass.
I agree. You have a talent for digging down to the deeper emotions of your characters that touches readers. What is your most recent book about?
My two latest releases are paranormal romances and ask the same resounding question: how far would you be willing to go for the one you love.
Can you tell me something about the main characters?
In Descent of Blood, Lord Severian Pearce has lived four hundred years and he’s really never loved anyone until he comes to the aid of Meridian Pearce, a human who he wants and not just for her blood. Meridian Pearce is a woman whose family has been decimated by the War of the Roses and she has a sacred relic she was sacrifice anything to protect, even her heart.
Is there a message in your books that you hope readers will grasp?
That while love makes you vulnerable, it also makes you stronger.
What new project are you working on?
In Stained, Scarlett’s mother committed suicide when she was fourteen and Scarlett’s always wanted to know what pushed her manic mother over the edge. Seven years later when Scarlett returns to rural Alabama for her grandparents’ funeral, she will have to deal with the reality of her deep southern roots. Revell Marshall has been biding his time, awaiting the return of the Yankee girl who broke his heart, but he’s determined to help Scarlett confront the memories of her mother’s past. But will the stain of these secrets bind Revell to Scarlett—or will it shatter the fragile bond between them?
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you with regards to your writing career?
Oh gosh, it’s hysterical, but embarrassing. Elizabeth Marx is my pen name, and I picked it without Googling the name. A real bone-headed thing to do, or perhaps a boob-headed thing to do, would be the more apropos thing to say. So go ahead, you know you want to Google the name! The other Elizabeth Marx is the one with the red hair and the nice hooters! LOL! You should have seen my husband’s face when he broke the news to me over lunch in a very crowded restaurant!
LOL–couldn’t resist teasing you on that one!
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