Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Elisabeth Naughton: It's so great to be here. Thanks so much to the staff at Night Owl Romance for interviewing me!
My debut, STOLEN FURY, released December 30th, 2008 from Dorchester Love Spell and is the first in a new romantic adventure trilogy that's being compared to both Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones. The second book in the series, STOLEN HEAT, releases July 28, 2009, and the third book, STOLEN SEDUCTION, is set to hit shelves in early 2010.
In addition to the Stolen Trilogy, I also recently signed a contract for a brand new paranormal romance series which will launch in spring, 2010. That series is centered around the heroes from Greek Mythology. I never planned to write paranormal (though I love reading it), but this idea came to me and it was one of those stories I couldn't *not* write. I'm very excited about this new series, and that I get to continue to write romantic adventures as well. Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Elisabeth Naughton: Well, let's see. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a full time romance author who lives in western Oregon with my husband and three kids. (I call them Gremlins because they can be oh-so-cute and oh-so-mischievous all at the same time. Those of you with young children know what I'm talking about.)
I was a junior high science teacher for 8 years before quitting to write, and I often think I got my start writing romance back when I was teaching. There's something magical about that pre-teen age and watching the first stirrings of love. There's also something very obnoxious about it, but as I tend to have a slightly sarcastic pesonality (okay, snarky), I found junior high-aged kids to be a lot of fun.
When I'm not writing, you can usually find me hanging out at my Gremlins' sporting events (baseball's big in our family), at Oregon State University sporting events (Go Beavs!) or running. This past year I ran two half-marathons and have plans to run more in the future. I tell people writing gets the voices out of my head and running keeps me sane. That's not too far off the mark.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Elisabeth Naughton: Hmmm...I have to say I'd love to have Lisa Maxwell's confidence and sense of adventure (the heroine in STOLEN FURY). I think there's a tiny part of me in all my characters, but Lisa knows what she wants, isn't afraid to go after it, and has no reservations about her decisions. That's a quality I possess, but not to her degree.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Elisabeth Naughton: I have always loved archaeology. I taught junior high science for 8 years, and geology and archaeology were two of my favorite subjects to teach. I also have a deep interest in Greek mythology, so the two simply blended together into this book.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Elisabeth Naughton: Stolen Fury is the story of archaeologist Lisa Maxwell, who has staked her career on collecting the priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs, the three Furies. She finds the first, Alecto, and while lecturing in Italy, meets Rafe Sullivan, a man who briefly distracts her from her goal. After a passionate seduction, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. But she's not the kind of woman to get mad, she plans to get even.even if she has to partner up with the sexy scoundrel who swindled her. Together they're on the run to find the last two Furies. But Lisa soon finds Rafe is the least of her worries. Other treasure hunters are hot on their trail--and they'll kill to get to the prize first.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Elisabeth Naughton: Right now I'm working on a new RS adventure proposal to send my agent. After that, I'll be diving into my new paranormal contract, doing a couple minor revisions to the first book (which is already done) and starting the second.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Elisabeth Naughton: I could spend hours doing research if I let myself. For STOLEN FURY I read numerous books on Greek mythology and archaeology. I hounded a cop friend of mine to make sure my law enforcement secondary character rang true. I learned how to scuba dive and I took a few cave tours. And having also traveled to both Florida and Chicago, I reacquainted myself with both locations and convinced myself to go back as soon as possible.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Elisabeth Naughton: You don't have to read the STOLEN books in order. While all three are connected by characters, they're each an individual story. Of course, it's more fun to read them in order, but it's not a requirement.
I have a fun game up on my website for those of you who are looking for your very own quest. Go to www.elisabethnaughton.com/fortune.html to play. Partner up with your own sexy treasure hunting guide and experience an exciting adventure!
You can sign up for my newsletter on my website's homepage - - for freebies, giveaways and the latest info on my books and releases.
And finally, if you've read STOLEN FURY, be sure to check out the epilogue on my website at www.elisabethnaughton.com/books/stolen_fury_epilogue.html to get a sneak peak at what's to come in the next two books in the trilogy.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Elisabeth Naughton: I don't belong to a critique "group" anymore. I have one serious critique partner I look to for advice on everything. After that I send my work to a couple of beta readers I trust implicitly. Then it goes to my agent.
Before I was published I belonged to a 4-person critique group, each of us writing in different romance sub-genres, and it was just too much input for me on my work. My current CP (and beta readers and agent) generally know where I'm coming from and what I'm trying to convey, so it works great for me.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Elisabeth Naughton: Absolutely!
STOLEN HEAT, book two in the Stolen Trilogy, releases July 28th, 2009:
His past tore them apart. Hers lies thrust them back together. Now a killer's out for revenge, but the biggest threat for both may just be the heat they thought they'd already lost...
Antiquities dealer Peter Kauffman walked a fine line between clean and corrupt for years. And then he met the woman who changed his life-Egyptologist Katherine Meyer. Their love affair burned white-hot in Egypt, until the day Pete's lies and half-truths caught up with him. After that, their relationship imploded, Kat walked out, and before Pete could find her to make things right, he heard she'd died in a car bomb.
Six years later, the woman Pete thought he'd lost for good is suddenly back. The lies this time aren't just his, though. The only way he and Kat will find the truth and evade a killer out for revenge is to work together-as long as they don't find themselves burned by the heat each thought was stolen long ago.
And don't miss book 3 - STOLEN SEDUCTION - due to hit store shelves in early 2010:
A missing bronze holds the key to a decade's-old murder. To prove her innocence, she'll have to partner up with the sexy homicide detective who has the power to steal more than her freedom-if she's not careful, he may just steal her heart.
Visit my website at www.elisabethnaughton.com for more information on current and upcoming releases.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Elisabeth Naughton: I love hearing from readers. You can contact me via the email form on my website at www.elisabethnaughton.com/contact.html
You can also find me on Myspace www.myspace.com/elisabethnaughton
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Elisabeth Naughton: I've always written with the goal of publication, but I didn't get serious about submitting work until I'd finished my 3rd manuscript. I got some interest, had one agent who was seriously looking at my book, but in the end it wasn't a good fit for me and I decided to wait. My fourth book was a very dark and gritty RS, and when I finished it, I knew it wasn't the kind of book I wanted to continue to write, so I didn't send it very many places. I still love that book, and maybe someday it'll be published, but right now it's not the direction I want to take my writing. After finishing that book, I was so emotionally drained, I knew I needed to write something lighter and more fun, and that's when I got the idea for STOLEN FURY. It was the 5th manuscript I wrote, the one I finaled with in the Golden Heart, the one I landed my agent with, and the one that ultimately became my debut release.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Elisabeth Naughton: STOLEN FURY is my debut book. It released December 30, 2008. Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Elisabeth Naughton: The best advice was to never give up. Persistence and dedication to craft pays off.
Elisabeth Naughton: The worst advice was to write something new, because treasure hunt stories don't sell. (That one came from an agent who read my query and ultimately passed.)
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Elisabeth Naughton: I consider myself a "plot into the mist" writer. I know vague elements of a book when I first sit down to write. I know the opening, generally the first 3-5 chapters, and I can see the end, though it's usually fuzzy. So I write what I know, then stop and plot another 3-5 chapters when I reach a blocking point, then continue on.
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Elisabeth Naughton: Oooh. This is a hard question! I don't know that there is a perfect hero. All heroes should be flawed in some way. That's what makes reading their story so fun...watching them realize those flaws and strive to fix them.
I love the hero in my 3rd upcoming release, STOLEN SEDCUCTION, due out in early 2010. Shane Maxwell is flawed in so many ways, and his character arc is very entertaining to read because of that. But at the book's end he's still not perfect, and I have to admit, I love that about him. Because no one on this planet is perfect, and it wouldn't be realistic if a book character was perfect either. Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Elisabeth Naughton: None yet. :) Of course, I never know where the future will take me. I never planned to write paranormal, but I have a brand new paranormal series starting in spring 2010, so I've learned never to say never.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
With the state of the economy these days, not everyone is able to travel to exotic destinations or tropical paradises like they used to. However, you can still get a good book for cheap and experience your own adventure whenever and wherever you like. The next time you want to escape, think about picking up a good book instead. I'm certain you won't be disappointed you did.
Thank you for this opportunity!