Hello E. G.,
The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Thank you, I'd love to. I began writing professionally around six years ago, mainly articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as poetry to start, but soon began submitting novels. I live in a male dominate world surrounded by my husband, two sons, two step sons, an assortment of brothers and a male boxer. I don't mind a bit though because they all treat me like the queen of the castle. I've traveled extensively and before writing professionally worked in a variety of fields including nursing, law enforcement and real estate, but the writing was always there, calling me back whenever I strayed too far.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I don't have a true favorite. I read everything, but lately find myself gravitating more often to the old fashion paranormals such as ghosts, haunted dwellings, mind power, time travel and the like. JANE EYRE and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE are the books that introduced me to romance and if I had to choose a genre that would be it.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I get up around 4:00 AM, grab my fist cup of coffee and head for my office. I'll check and answer my emails, write a blog post if I have the urge, do a little research, read over my writing from the previous day, make any needed changes or edits and then write until seven o'clock when I have to get my son up and off to school, feed and walk the dog, then back to more writing for a couple of hours before breaking for laundry and housework. In the afternoon, I garden for a couple of hours before my family comes home. Once everyone is settled down for the night, I do a little online plugging and promoting before crashing around midnight. This is what I call a perfect day and doesn't take into account all the interruptions by phone calls, visitors, having to run errands and so forth.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I'd be happy too. I'm in the submissions stage of my paranormal historical romance titled, SHADOW OF RACHEL.
Brutalized by a man she can never love, Megan Connors flees her Virginia home to start a new life as a schoolteacher on a South Carolina ranch. Steeped in the serenity of her new surroundings, Megan feels her dreams of a good life are finally coming true. Indeed, life would be perfect if not for her infuriatingly rude employer, the wealthy ranch owner Charles Donovan. Unable to deny her growing attraction to Charles, Megan soon discovers the chilling secret behind his grim existence. Determined to help Charles free himself from the ghosts of his past, Megan soon finds herself a target for the wrath of another who stakes a claim to Charles' love. Megan must defeat a powerful enemy, and confront the demons of her own past if she and Charles are to find happiness and escape the dark shadow that falls across them both.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
That would have to be Ambrose Elliot from My suspense novel, CAPTIVE FEAR. He's loyal, tender and sensitive, but he has an alpha side. If you ever need rescuing he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it's unethical.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I do a lot of research before and during the writing process and yes, I do enjoy it. I'll research my location first, then the time period, especially if it's historical. I don't want to make any mistakes in clothing, lingo or mannerisms. I'll also research certain characters from the past if I plan to mention them in any way. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
At the urging and support of my husband, I took the plunge six years ago. It was a hard step to take. I'd never really even considered getting anything other than an article or poem published and those originally came about by accident rather than submission. So submitting an actual manuscript was difficult. After the first one, it was easy. I only wish I'd done it sooner. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I never do an outline. I just sit down and write the first few pages and then the story takes off. Sometimes I will write the synopsis before I finish the story and then if the story changes, I'll change the synopsis after the book is finished. This doesn't help any in the writing of the actual story, but helps me to complete a synopsis. I abhor those things, both the reading of them by others and the writing of my own. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I had belonged to a critique group a few years ago and it just didn't work for me. There were too many members and I became more involved in their writing projects than my own. I have a couple of trusted writer friends and a few honest readers that help me tremendously when editing and rewriting my first drafts. I will, on rare occasions, pay for a professional critique.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
My web site at http://egparsons.com has excerpts from all my books and books coming, as well as bio info and links to my blogs.
Thank you for this opportunity!