Or you can find out more about Eliza and her sweeter persona, Elizabeth, at her websites http://elizamarch.com http://elizabethmarchat.com
But grab some coffee and come on back. Eliza's in the hot seat today, answering lots of questions :)
Take it away, Eliza!
Hi, Jennifer. It’s a pleasure to visit your blog and meet your readers.
I guess I should introduce myself first and tell you a little about me. Eliza March is only one of the names I use for writing. She’s quite naughty and a wonderful persona to play with. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be her in my head. But in order to keep my genres separate for my readers, I also write romantic suspense under the name, Elizabeth Marchat. She writes more mainstream fiction, but the stories are still highly sensual romances.
In real life, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and never in a million years did I see myself writing romance. I majored in English/Journalism, worked in my university library in the archive section, and wrote a syndicated gossip column for two local newspapers. My career spanned several decades of running my own companies, and like so many others, I’ve often thought of writing a book.
Strange as it seems, that idea still occasionally floats around in my head, as if I’m not already doing just that. But those ideas back then were all non-fiction based, so I guess I’m a frustrated non-fiction writer at heart. I have opinions, ideas, true stories, and theories that I’d love to write about, but when I sit down at the computer the fantasy world takes over and the characters in my head demand my attention first. And...they’re so much more fun than reality.
One thing you should know is that I prefer writing fiction because it’s a challenge for me. My characters like taking over my stories and surprising me with the plot twists. Sometimes, keeping them following the plot line to the end is like herding cats.
Now, I’ll answer some questions:
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
A: Alone would be my first choice. Although, that’s hardly ever the case. As long as I’m comfortable—not too hot or cold, the cat’s not sitting on the keyboard, or the phone’s not ringing off the hook—I’m fine with the room, upstairs, downstairs, kitchen table, or desk.
Q: What was the best advice you were given leading to getting published?
A: An editor once told me to work on my world building. And then she suggested I read several authors she thought did a good job of world building. So I did and I’m still working on it—probably always will. I find my contemporary novels are easier to write than my paranormal. Because I’m familiar with this world, I don’t have to agonize over it the way I struggle with the myth and mythology of my paranormal worlds—how much is too much and when does the reader need to know it? Show it now or show it later? Too much, too soon, too confusing?
Q: Do I believe in love at first sight or lust at first sight?
A: My most recent book is titled, “Across a Crowded Room.” What do you think it’s based on? Exactly! Lust and love at first sight. Personally, I’m an insufferable romantic who believes we all have an undeveloped sixth sense. Stating that, I ask: Haven’t you ever met someone and instantly liked them? You take one look at their face and feel that connection. Sometimes it’s friendship, sometimes it’s attraction, sometimes it’s lust. Think about it. Ponder it. Those kinds of connections are instinctive, so why not “love” at first sight?
Q: What did you do to celebrate the publication of your first book?
A: My first book was published two years ago this month while I was on a cruise. My youngest daughter got married on that cruise, and our large family along with the groom’s large family all went on their honeymoon. We had a fantastic time, and I enjoyed celebrating my first book release and my daughter’s marriage with a wonderful bunch of friends and family.
Q: Do you have critique partners?
A: Yes. They are my friends, my cheerleaders, my support team, and my conscience. Writing is a solitary occupation with untenable results. As an author, it’s difficult to evaluate your own work. Some may love what you write and others may hate it. I depend on my critique partners to talk me off the edge, reminding me that I can’t please everyone. I’d still like to try.
Thank you for having me and lasting to the end of this epic blog. I’ve turned into a major chatterbox.
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A full list and excerpts of Eliza March books are available for sale at http://bookstrand.com/eliza-march
or Elizabeth Marchat’s book is at http://bookstrand.com/elizabeth-marchat.
You can also find her at these locations on the web:
Web site http://elizamarch.com
Web site http://elizabethmarchat.com