Elizabeth McKenna

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 03, 2012

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Current Release: Cera's Place

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Life hasn’t been exactly kind to San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy, but she has built a successful business and a family of friends. She carries the reputation of a tough woman with a big heart, along with a derringer in her skirt pocket. One summer night, she discovers that the neighborhood thug is kidnapping Chinese girls to sell to the local brothels. Outraged, Cera vows to bring him to justice, but he’s not going to let anyone interfere with his livelihood.

Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by his Civil War experiences, is on a mission to fulfill a friend’s dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera’s door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he is more than willing to join in her fight – if only she would let him.

What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to be an astronaut. I love looking at the stars and the thought of traveling into space really appealed to me. I even considered joining the Air Force my senior year of high school to better my chances. The recruiter took one look at me and said, No - go to college. I later found out how claustrophobic I was - so it was probably a good thing.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

Well, this will make me sound boring, but bedtime is my favorite time of day. I love to sleep and don't get to do it enough. Because I have a full-time day job, two active teenagers, and a dog that always needs a walk, I'm moving from 4:45 am to 10 pm. When I crawl into bed - I am very happy.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

My husband. Winnie the Pooh said it best: “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

Please describe your writing environment.

My writing environment is messy and dusty, which I guess means I should put cleaning my home office on the to-do list for this weekend. I insist on the rest of my house being spotless, so I have never been able to figure out why I let my office get this way. Sometimes, I pick up my laptop and go to another part of the house just to get away from the dust bunnies.

What are you working on?

I’m working on Moonlight in Venice, another historical romance set in the 1750s. I still don’t have a clear description, but it involves death, theft, art, Cabalism, Freemasonry, Carnival season, pregnancy, and cataracts – and love, of course, lots of love.

Where do you want to travel?

My husband and I traveled all over Italy before we were married. I have fond memories of the wonderful food and beautiful architecture, and would like to share the country with my two girls.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

My road was pretty bumpy. I have committed every mistake a newbie could make. The biggest one was sending out my manuscript before it was ready. I essentially sent out my first draft. Ouch! Luckily, I was humble enough to ask for help after receiving the first round of rejections.

What is the best thing about being an author?

What I enjoy most is creating characters and living out my fantasies through them. You can make anything happen - which isn't always true in real life.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I would choose to have dinner with John Adams because one - he was such a romantic with his wife, and two - he helped shape this country. Considering the mess we are in today, maybe he would have some advice.

Cera's Place was my first attempt in over two decades to write something creative. I learned so much while doing it and tried to make it as historically accurate as possible. I wanted to produce a believable story with enjoyable characters that would connect with romance readers. I hope you'll give my work a chance...

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