Current Release: Thief of Shadows
Describe your current release in two sentences?
During the day Winter Makepeace is a mild mannered schoolmaster and the manager of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children but at night he transforms into the Ghost of St. Giles-a masked avenger dressed in a harlequin's motley and sinister mask, wielding his swords with deadly accuracy.The fourth novel in Elizabeth Hoyt's sensuous New York Times bestselling Maiden Lane Series.
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a home office in an old sunroom—very bright, especially in winter, and it’s full of books and flowering plants, mostly orchids. I can write at my desk, but I also have a comfy chair with footstool which my dogs certainly prefer—I have two little ones that insist on fighting the laptop for space on my lap and a bigger one that falls asleep at my feet when I write. When I get bored of being by myself at home, I often go to a coffee shop and work.
What are you working on?
Well as per usual I’m in different stages of several projects at once. I just finished the first draft and submitted Godric St. John’s book: LORD OF DARKNESS (February 2013) which means I’ll get revisions from my editor soon. In the meantime I’m working on the synopsis and first chapter of DUKE OF MIDNIGHT (late 2013???) which is Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield’s book.
And outside of actual writing, I’m hoping to put together a dedicated section of my website for the Maiden Lane series with fun things like character profiles, interactive family trees, a map of Georgian London, etc. Hopefully it’ll be up in time for my July book, THIEF OF SHADOWS!
What is your favorite TV show?
I watch waaaaay too much TV with Mr. Hoyt, usually on DVDs because our local reception is awful (which means we’re always a season behind—don’t tell me what happened!) Right now we’re into SUPERNATURAL, THE MENTALIST, and 30 ROCK to name just a few—and DOWNTON ABBEY just became available on my queue!
What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging?
I’m on Twitter and Facebook and I get a fair amount of reader mail, some of it very articulate and poignant, but I love meeting readers face to face, which is why I go to a lot of conventions. The best part about booksignings is meeting the people who read my books.
What is the best thing about being an author?
People reading my work.
What career fields have you worked in?
“Career fields” may be a bit of a stretch, but I’ve been a barista (I can foam like nobody’s business,) a sales “associate” (so very, very bad!) data entry for the Wisconsin Revenue Service (hell. No, really. HELL.) and an archeological field work grunt during what was then the hottest Wisconsin summer on record (Best. Workout. EVER.)
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I’ll be writing DUKE OF MIDNIGHT, the sixth book in the Maiden Lane series, trying to stay ahead of the weeds in my flower garden, and traveling all over the place for various conferences (Anaheim for RWA and Denver for RomCon, to name just two.) I’m looking forward to Loretta Chase’s SCANDAL WEARS SATIN—I read the first book of the series (SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION) and absolutely loved it.
How was your road to publication?
I started writing relatively late—at the age of thirty-five. I’d been a stay at home mother and when my youngest went to Kindergarten I took the opportunity to try out writing. Five years later I sold my first book.
Everyone has had to deal with rejection letters—it’s just part of the business. I probably had a dozen or so rejection letters before I found my agent—but my agent has been with me ever since and I consider myself very lucky to have gone into business with her. My first book, THE RAVEN PRINCE, was being shopped at a time when historicals were “dead” and it took a long one and a half years to sell—but then it sold to a house and an editor that really believed in it. I’ve been lucky and I dwell on the good things about publishing, not the inevitable bad.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
In no particular order: India, Turkey, Italy, Finland, and Russia.
Thank you for having me on Night Owl Reviews!