Current Release: Release
What's your book about?
This is a collection of four tales that are about women discovering and owning their sexuality and the four very sexy spirits who take great delight in helping them. Each of the women have a very individual journey and as their sexuality unfolds, they learn a lot about what they want, what they need and how they want their lives to be. But one sexy spirit threatens the future for them all.
What should readers expect from you titles?
This is my first erotica. The rest of my Elizabeth Dunk books are contemporary romance, which also generally contain explicit sex scenes. I love writing sex – it’s fun, and challenging as a writer. The books under my other pseudonym (Nicole Murphy) are either science fiction or fantasy romance. But all my titles feature strong women, the men who love them and a mix of danger, daring and desire.
What's your writing process like?
It changes for each book. Some of them I plan out beforehand – particularly the contemporary romances. Others I have a general idea – with fantasy romances set in my Gadda world, for example (The Dream of Asarlai trilogy) - once I had the idea I just needed to write it. The writing for this was spread out over a couple of years – the first story existed for some time before I finally pulled together the idea for the rest. The books were written in a variety of locations. The second one was drafted during a writing weekend at a friend’s place. The third was mostly drafted on a plane.
What's next for you as an author?
Under my other author name, Nicole Murphy, I’ve got a trilogy of science fiction romances, also out with Escape.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I used to be a brilliant procrastinator, but I’m not so good at it anymore. Instead, I tend to do lots and lots of things, because I HATE being bored and then get so tired all I can manage is to collapse on the couch and watch TV with my husband (favourite shows are The Big Bang Theory, Spicks and Specks (an Aussie music quiz show), Downton Abbey, Sherlock and reality tv, in particular Survivor and any of the Next Top Model franchises). When it comes to my writing, I’m really conscientious so I tend not to procrastinate. Plus I love it so much, it’s actually my fun thing to do.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
There’s no way I could have done any of this alone. Number 1 support has been my husband, who believes in me and gives me the time and space needed to do the writing. Then there’s my beta readers – for this particular book there was really only one, my best buddy and fellow writer Donna Maree Hanson (who also writes as Dani Kristoff). Then of course there’s the awesome team at Escape Publishing – Kate Cuthbert, editor Lauren McKellar and everyone else at Harlequin Australia. It’s awesome to be working with such a great team. And of course there’s the readers of past books, who have loved them and thus make it easier for Escape to keep purchasing books from me.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
Luckily I already know a lot of my writing heroes and have had many meals with them – people like Trudi Canavan, Keri Arthur and Kevin J Anderson. That said, the one person I’d LOVE to have dinner with is JRR Tolkien. I’ve been a Lord of the Rings tragic since I first read it as an 11-year-old and to be able to just sit and listen to him talk about the inspiration, the process, the details of creating that world and those books would be heaven.
What's your everyday life like? Do you write full-time or do you also hold another job?
I work full time as a conference organizer – a job I love, although when conferences are on it does affect my writing time. I write in the morning – I get up early, exercise and then sit at my computer and pound the words out. Luckily I’m a pretty fast writer, so I can get a lot done in a short time. Then I have at least one day on the weekend I can devote to writing. I try to leave evenings free for my husband and socializing, but that doesn’t always work out.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m definitely an introvert, which sometimes drives my extrovert husband crazy! I’ll clam up, and need my time alone, and he’s desperate for some time with me. So we talk it through and work it out and luckily, he’s into croquet and goes away for tournaments quite regularly and so I get a weekend, or a whole week, to myself and that tends to be enough to keep me sane.
Thanks so much for having me here! I really hope people love ‘Release’ – for me it’s one of the most heartfelt books I’ve written, and thus one of the scariest to have out there in the real world!