It's Wednesday...and you know what that means. Time for coffee and book talk.
Today we welcome EE Carter, an author of historical romances.
How do you take your coffee?
EE: Long black - rich, flavoursome, caffeine-packed - just the way I like it :D
Ally: Coming right up! Let's take a peek at your bio while I pour.
Elizabeth Ellen Carter was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth - but it may have been a pen. Ever since then she has been writing... and writing... and writing.
From writing news and feature stories for newspapers to advertising copy (it's less glamorous than Mad Men) and web site content, she has most recently turned her hand to writing novels in her favourite genre - romance.
Elizabeth Ellen Carter is my way of honouring two special women who are no longer with us.
Elizabeth - my mother was a lady who inspired my lifelong love of books and encouraged my interest in writing. She was a woman who could not bypass *any* bookstore. There was no such thing as just a 'quick' look inside. It was no surprise that she spent 25 very happy years as librarian at King's Christian College on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
Ellen - mother to my beloved husband. Ellen passed away many years before I met my husband but I'm very grateful that she brought him into the world.
Elizabeth Ellen Carter lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and two cats Coco and Claude.
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EE: Hmmm, singer and British tabloid celebrity Peter Andre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Andre) and his brothers helped me break into my car. I was a young newspaper reporter doing a story on a hot new local singer when, after the interview, I found I had locked my keys in my car. Oops! Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), my car was relatively easy to break into. I have a photo with Peter taken 10 years later and he still remembered that day!
Ally: I've already told everyone that you write historical romance, but what time period did you choose and why?
EE: I love history full stop - it doesn't matter what time period. Moonstone Obsession is classed as a Regency Romance but historically it is set in the Georgian period.
I've just finished a Medieval Romance set in the 11th century and that is being proofed now and I'm about to start work on a sequel to Moonstone Obsession called Moonstone Conspiracy.
If I have to choose a time period, I would say Regency because it was the perfect storm of the industrial revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution as well as significant social and political reforms.
Ally: And a related question, how do you get the language and behaviors correct for your time period?
EE: Regency is relatively easy, it is perhaps one of the earliest eras that we have a complete and through record of. We have a lot of documentation and an extensive array of paintings depicting costume of the time. The Regency period saw the expansion of newspapers, magazines and periodicals which offer a real slice of life from the time. In terms of language, I try to keep it plausible for the time with no anachronisms but the primary goal is to make the language accessible to today's reader, so dialogue is more structured in a way that makes sense to modern readers where as pre-Edwardian language was far more flowery than today's.
Ally: Would you describe your writing day for us? When, where, daily goal, etc.
EE: I work full time, so my writing is done in the evenings and on weekends. I try to get in 15- 20 hours a week - fortunately I have a very understanding husband! He's also my proofreader and one of my editors. He and I share a study and I have my desk facing the wall. I find I can get more words down if I'm not distracted by a view. My novels are quite long at 90K words +, so if I can get 2500 words down in a single session, I can usually have a first draft complete in three months. With the wind in my sails I could probably get two full length books out a year.
Ally: It's that time of year to think about the year ahead of us. What are your writing goals for 2014?
EE: In 2014 I hope to have my Medieval Romance, Warrior's Surrender picked up and published, to have Moonstone Conspiracy complete and published as well as getting started on another historical. I have about six 2 page treatments covering Ancient Rome, the British Raj in India, slavers of the Barbary Coast, an intrigue in the court of the Tudors, a mystery during the reign of Charles II, and a late Medieval/Crusaders story, so which one of those is next all depends on what next appeals.
Ally: Before we get to your book, let's play with a few quick answer questions:
- favorite holiday dish - entree or dessert - Hmmm, because it's summer here I would say freshly cooked prawns as an entree
- most memorable vacation - when and where - a cruise my husband and I took about 10 years ago. There was a 60s dress up night and hubby went as Austen Powers and I was dressed as a go-go dancer. I put together the costume from odds and ends and it looked great. We owned the ship that night - complete strangers wanted their photos taken with us, we were called on to be party starters in the nightclub (and they gave us a free bottle of champagne for our trouble) and when we were leaving the DJ chased us out of the night club and offered us $250 for the costume (Bargain! I put it together for $35).
- an item on your bucket list - actually visit the places I write about.
- favorite tv show - I have plenty :D 1960s - The Avengers; 1970s The Professionals; 1980s Remington Steel; 1990s - The X-Files; 2000s - NCIS; 2010s - Mad Men
- last movie you saw in a theater - Skyfall - the most recent James Bond film. Loved it!
Secrets, scandal, and passion…
Selina Rosewall had given up on love, but while helping her brother further his merchant fleet business, she meets Sir James Mitchell, Lord of Penventen. Their attraction is mutual, but what James wants from the relationship goes further—much further—than Selina could have expected. And she learns that in the world of the Ton, scandal and deceit are commonplace.
For Sir James Mitchell, Lord of Penventen, it’s hard to say which is more dangerous: being a spy or being considered husband material by the Ladies of the Ton. With political machinations threatening to draw England into the violent wake of the French Revolution, the last thing James expected was to fall in love with Selina Rosewall, daughter of an untitled seafaring family. But when James’ investigation stirs up a hornet’s nest, can he protect Selena from danger that threatens her very life?
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