Today we have with us Elizabeth Amber, author of erotic historical paranormal romances.
Welcome to RomFan Reviews Elizabeth it is a great pleasure to have you with us today. Especially for me since I love those Satyr men *looks at the covers AGAIN and fans self* ok where was I….oh yeah thank you for joining us today I am a big fan as you know……alright I am putting the books away I swear no more sidetracking *wipes away the drool* so unlady like.
It’s a pleasure to be here, Annette. I’ve been looking forward to this! And I brought you a lovely white linen handkerchief, just in case you’re still staring at the LOS covers. I love them, too. Thank you so much for helping to celebrate my May release, Bastian, The Lords of Satyr.
Tell us a little about Bastian--book six in your Lords of Satyr series--which hit the bookshelves on May 1st.
It’s a love story between Bastian--the lead archaeologist in the excavations of the Roman Forum in the 1880s--and Silvia. Silvia is a former Vestal Virgin—now an immortal Ephemeral—who seeks to trick Bastian into helping her locate a powerful, mysterious relic in the Forum ruins. Excerpt: http://www.elizabethamber.com/books/bastian/
Next in the series is the story of Bastian’s brother’s Sevin and then following will be Lucien will there be more of these hot men possibly a return to the clan in Tuscany? How are the clans related?
Good question, Annette! I began the new trilogy, which is set in Rome, because I had more to say about this race of half-satyr-half-human men, but I wanted to keep things fresh. A new location and a new, unrelated clan brought new energy to the series.
Mythology and history give me character and plot kernels to build a story on. When I saw the Vestal House and Temple ruins in the Forum, I was intrigued enough to read up on the facts we know about the Virgins. I built on those facts, imagining what their lives must’ve been like. The Virgins began service to Vesta, the Roman goddess of fire, between ages six and ten. During the purging of all pagan religions in the fourth century A.D., Vesta’s Temple was destroyed. This helped create Silvia’s backstory and it informed the plot in Bastian in this way:
Silvia is pressed into service as a Vestal Virgin at the tender age of six. When she is twenty-three, as the temple burns around them during the purge, Vesta transforms Silvia and the other Virgins into immortal creatures called Ephemerals.
“Ephemeral” means having a short life cycle. Over the ensuing centuries, I decided that Ephemerals would live by taking hosts—the bodies of the dying—usually for a month at a time. When Bastian first meets Silvia, she has just assumed the form of a young boy in order to work under him in the excavations. So that she can steal a powerful relic from him.
Again, the relics did actually exist. The Virgins guarded them, but we don’t know what they were or what happened to them. So I was free to imagine what powers they might have and where they might be found.
Who or what was your inspiration to begin writing?
A passion for romance is my inspiration. I’ve been reading romance since I discovered Jane Austen, Margaret Mitchell, and Charlotte Bronte at about age 13.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do?
I haven’t ever had writer’s block. I do get frustrated because I have so many ideas and it takes so long to get them in book form. I obsess over each book. It takes me about six months to write one, but I would spend three years on each if I could. I never get tired of tweaking, but my editor and readers would get very tired of waiting.
Where is the one place you have never been but really would like to go?
To centuries past. I’d love to time-travel Rome in the 1880s during the actual excavations of the Forum. Back then, the enormous arches and towering columns in the Forum were half-buried, many of their secrets hidden under sixteen to eighteen feet of accumulated dirt! Italian families picnicked in the Forum back then or tried their hands at amateur treasure hunting. When I visited the Forum several years ago after writing Nicholas, I knew I’d use it as a setting in a saytr novel one day.
When you get some down time what would you be doing?
Hanging with friends, reading, cooking, helping animals. Although I’d like to travel to new places, I often spend vacations visiting family because we’re spread out all over the US these days. I would absolutely love to spend a month in Italy and France sometime. I did that while I was finishing my second novel, Raine, several years ago. It was an unforgettable time. I’ll always associate Raine with that trip. And also, Bastian, since that’s when I decided on the Forum as a future satyr novel setting.
Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?
I could write a novel full of names. This is a wonderful time in romance—so many great authors. A few of the many I enjoy are Nalini Singh, Anna Campbell, Kresley Cole, and Lora Leigh.
Any advice you would like to give to future authors?
Read other authors. And consider coming up with a shortlist of high concept book hooks for your project before you begin writing. Author Alexandra Sokoloff has an excellent blog about high concept as well as other screenwriting tips and tricks: http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-is-high-concept.html
How can readers learn more about you and your books?
Here are a few meeting places to get news and contest info:
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1351688841
E-newsletter (monthly) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ElizabethAmber/
Bastian excerpt: http://www.elizabethamber.com/books/bastian/
Readers, I’d love to hear what you know about the Roman Forum and Vestal Virgins. And what curiosities do you have about them? If you could time/location travel, would you pick the 1880s Forum as your destination? Or when/where?
Drop a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Bastian, The Lords of Satyr, Elizabeth Amber’s new May release! Winner will be randomly chosen by RomFan Reviews on May 24th.
Thank you so much Elizabeth for your patience while I had another drool fest over the covers and for spending some time with us it was a pleasure and a thrill for me having you here and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon.
I would love to, Annette. The blog is so beautiful, btw. Thank you again!