Hi Elisabeth! Please tell us a little about yourself... say in 160 characters?
Elisabeth Naughton pens sexy romantic adventures and dark, hot paranormals from her home in Western Oregon where she’s currently trying to survive the summer with her three gremlins. The three gremlins, however, are working very hard to make sure she gets nothing done.
Since you write paranormals, who are your top 3 paranormal character crushes?
Oh, this is hard. Okay:
1) Aragorn – The Lord of the Rings. Great in the book. Better in the movie.
2) Butch – Lover Revealed – I don’t know why, but I just really liked his character. Zsadist and Rhage were great, but there was something endearing about the oddball trying to fit in.
3) Teague Creek – Maximum Exposure – my critique partner Joan Swan’s upcoming paranormal romantic suspense from Kensington. I know this is sorta cheating since very few people (besides me!) have read this book yet, but it’s an awesome story, and Teague is a fantastic hero. (Be sure to buy the book when it releases!)
There are a lot of Greek gods in your Eternal Guardian series but do you have a favorite Greek god or a Greek myth?
One of my favorite Greek myths is the turning of Medusa. It’s a twisted tale, but I understand why Medusa ended up the way she did. She was a virgin, beautiful and sought after by gods and men alike. Poseidon, allegedly overcome with lust, raped her in Athena’s temple and Athena, both jealous of Medusa and angered by the fact Poseidon had taken the maiden, transformed Medusa into a hideous creature with snakes in her hair, so horrible to look at one would be turned to stone if they did. Medusa, abandoned and hated, became the monster Athena created, and she spent the rest of her life turning anyone who ventured near her to stone. Until, of course Perseus succeeded in beheading her.
Poseidon is really the one who should have been punished in this tale, but it goes a long way to explain how monsters can be created through excruciating, outside circumstances. Medusa was a horrible creature at the height of her terror, but part of me can’t help but feel sorry for her.
Hmm... that's interesting. I never knew that about Medusa. Okay, with your new book ENTWINED coming out in exactly a week, is there something you always do (a ritual of some sort) on the day a new book of yours is released out into the world?
Stress. Oh, wait, you mean something FUN. Hm…my hubby takes me out to dinner and we toast the new book. And I continue to stress.
Aww... that's sweet. Please give us a one sentence blurb about ENTWINED.
ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians - it’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose, but as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability… somewhere.
Three songs that would be in the Entwined soundtrack?
My Immortal by Evanescence
New Divide by Linkin Park
Love Story by Taylor Swift
I'm happy to see "Love Story" in that list--it's one of my favorite songs. So, which of the characters in ENTWINED are you most like? The most different?
Oooh, another hard one. Okay, let me see. I think I’m most like Callia. I see a lot of myself in her. The most different would be Zander. The guy has a serious death wish. I understand it, but I can’t ever see myself wanting nothing more than to die. That’s pretty extreme.
What was the hardest part to write in Entwined? Easiest?
ENTWINED is a reunion story, so the hardest part for me was when Callia and Zander had that deep talk about what happened in the past and each realized why the other did the things they did. Seeing events through someone else’s eyes – those are always tough to write. Their past relationship is mired in betrayal, pain and conflict, and bringing all that out—having them talk about it—was hard for me to write. Love scenes are also hard for me. I don’t know why – I toil over those a lot more than anything else.
The easiest part of ENTWINED? The fight scenes. I love writing the action/fight scenes. The reviewer from RT BookReviews called it “bloody and violent” and I laughed out loud when I read that. Obviously, my enthusiasm for the fight scenes came through loud and clear.
A reunion story with "bloody and violent" fight scenes--I love it already! What is next after ENTWINED?
The third Eternal Guardians book is TEMPTED, which hits store shelves in February 2011. I won’t tell you whose book this is just yet… you have to read ENTWINED to figure that out. I WILL tell you it’s smokin’ hot and that I cried writing the end. That’s never happened to me before.
Not even a little hint? Okay, I guess I'll have to wait until I read ENTWINED--good thing I have it on pre-order--but I'm crossing my fingers it'll be about Nick (he is my favorite from Marked). Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions Elisabeth!
Readers, to learn more about Elisabeth and her books, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. You all should definitely check out Marked (the 1st book in Elisabeth's Eternal Guardian series) if you haven't already and while you're at it, make sure you pick up ENTWINED as well--it's out on July 27th--exactly a week from now! Or you can try your luck here...
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