Beverly and Tamara: Hi Elizabeth welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Elizabeth James: Thank you for having me! I’m so excited! Ok, well I am a working woman who has always dreamed of writing a book. I started one at the age of 15 and knew when I was writing it that no one would ever publish it so that dream faded. Now a LOT of years later I finally decided to try it again. I started fresh with a new book, Love by Design and now I’m thinking of pulling that other book back out and doing something with it later. I am married and have no children but have several dog “kids”
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Elizabeth James: Quiet. I like to sit on my chaise couch and write and if my husband is home he loves to have the tv on. When he’s working, I have no tv, no radio…just silence. I want the story to talk to me.
Beverly: When did you start to write
Elizabeth James: I’ve always loved writing all through school but as I said before, I was 15 when I first started writing a book. Before that, it was mostly short stories for school but I was always told I was talented and should use it.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Elizabeth James: Well, a hero isn’t always the strongest person but the bravest person. I love a hero who uses his/her wits above brawn.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
Elizabeth James: My favorite character so far is Callie. She is a big part of me and people who know me have said they see that when they read it. She is in “Love by Design” and will be in the follow-up I have planned, “Life by Design”. This is part of a Design Series. My characters come from my head but their personalities are formed from snippets of my friends and family. When my mom reads “Love by Design” she’s going to KNOW that she is Callie’s mom.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Elizabeth James: The hardest scenes for me to write are the sex scenes only because I’m not an erotica author but I want to have some steam in there as well. I try not to make it cliché and use the keywords that are most commonly used when describing a sexual encounter. I prefer to leave some of it to the imagination. My male character should have you melting without a blow by blow description. If I describe it poorly, it will take away from how I meant it. They can make him as awesome as they want to.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
James Elizabeth: My favorite author when I was a teenager was Victoria Holt and I read her books front to back several times and never got bored with them. She was classy and clean and I admired her for that.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Elizabeth James: Ah, now you will see my dark side. My favorite book boyfriend is Vischous from “Lover Unbound” by J.R. Ward. He walks a fine line between sweet, caring book boyfriend and kinky sex on a stick. I’ve read his book several times.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Elizabeth James: I’m a “living vicarious” kinky girl. I love reading about it but I’m honestly vanilla. If I had to say what I’d like to do, I think the bondage thing sounds pretty cool.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Elizabeth James: My favorite heroines are strong women. I’m not about a wimpy woman because I don’t feel I’m one. I didn’t want Callie to cry when confronted by a bad situation because I felt it weakened her.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Elizabeth James: My worst date was with a former boyfriend who showed up in my life years later. He told me he was divorced and looked me up. I was single and didn’t mind going out for a free meal (times were tough then) but when we got back to my place, I out of curiosity asked how long he’d been divorced. He looked at me funny then admitted he wasn’t actually divorced; he was separated. So, I asked how long he’d been separated and he said 2 weeks. I sent him packing.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Elizabeth James: My nook, my charger and wirelss internet.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Elizabeth James: spa stuff- massages, mani/pedis I love the pampering
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Elizabeth James: Wow that’s tough since my goal of being a published author came true but I guess maybe to have my books picked up by a big publisher and them being made into movies…I can dream
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught buck naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)
Elizabeth James: I think the most embarrassing moment was riding the water slide at a theme park in a white t-shirt and discovering afterward that it was transparent. Thank God someone had another shirt.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Elizabeth James: I think blue. Blue is calm and happy, like me.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Elizabeth James: I would say probably my parents. They’ve been married 50 years; and despite wanting to kill each other every day, they still love each other.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Elizabeth James: My husband James has loved me for 21 years (20 of them married.) We ride our motorcycle together and have fun.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs
Coffee or Tea? Tea, my mom is from England so I get that honestly.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome, for sure!
Hairy chest or smooth? I like a little hair but not gorillaish.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, for sure!! (you did mean ice cream, right? LOL) Otherwise, vanilla hee hee
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, with a side of kinky
Fast or slow? Slow and deliberate
Public or private? Private for sure
Top or bottom? Can I say both?
Take a look at Elizabeth’s New Realease
Callie Brandon wasn’t looking for love; it always ended up at the feet of someone else. But when a sexy architect sets his determined, baby blue eyes on her, she starts to believe maybe life has designed her very own “happily ever after”.
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