Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Elisabeth Naughton

Welcome back to RomFan Reviews Elisabeth, it is a pleasure to have you with us again.
Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by again! Thrilled to be here.

Tell us a little about your new release book four in your series The Eternal Guardians Enraptured.

EN: For those who are new to the Eternal Guardians series, the Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of ancient Greece. They defend both their world—Argolea—and the human realm from threats born of the Underworld—specifically, one evil goddess by the name of Atalanta who was herself once a hero but who made a deal with Hades for immortality and the chance to command an army of daemons for a shot at revenge.

Orpheus is the hero in ENRAPTURED. He is not a guardian by birth. He’s the older brother of Gryphon, one of the seven chosen guardians, and he harbors a secret even his younger brother doesn’t know—he’s half daemon. When Gryphon’s soul is sent to the Underworld, Orpheus finds the markings of the Eternal Guardians have passed to him. He has no desire to serve the order, knows he doesn’t deserve it because of his daemon half, and has only one desire: to find a way to rescue his brother. But that goal is thwarted when a mysterious woman enters his life, one who’s very purpose it to stop him from reaching his goal.

Next up in The Eternal Guardians series is Enslaved can you tell us a little about it?

EN: ENSLAVED picks up right where ENRAPTURED ends. There’s a mini cliffhanger in the end of ENRAPTURED. You don’t know what happens with Orpheus’s brother Gryphon. ENSLAVED was a really hard book to write mostly because Gryphon has been through so much, he’s a much more damaged hero than any I’ve written about before. But I have to say…I really love the way that book turned out, and hopefully readers will love it too.

What is the hardest thing about writing your books? 

EN: The hardest part for me at this point is not disappointing readers. In a long-running series, readers are so invested in the characters, I don’t want them to say, “Ugh…I really loved him before but I hate what she did with him in his book.” As a reader, I’ve said that before when reading a series I loved, so I work extra hard to stay true to the characters and tell their stories in a way (hopefully) readers will continue to love.

Keeping track of everything that’s happening, what happened before and who’s plotting what is also hard in this series! I have lots of spreadsheets. There’s so much going on!

Is there anything special you do to get in the mood to write?

EN: I used to play several hands of solitaire on my laptop before I’d settle in to write, but when I got my new Mac the game didn’t come loaded – which is a GOOD thing as it’s a time suck for me – and I purposely haven’t downloaded it.

I really don’t have a “routine” to get myself writing except to read the last scene I wrote and move forward from there. Oh, and to just MAKE myself do it. It’s a whole lot easier to daydream about a scene than it is to actually write it.

How long did it take you to get published?

EN: Five years and five manuscripts.

If you had it to do all over again is there anything you would change on your road to being published?

EN: Hm…that’s a hard question. I try not to second guess my decisions—it just makes you live in the past and I’m all about moving forward. If I’d had a crystal ball way back when to see what was happening with Dorchester (my first publisher), I might not have signed with them. But I picked up a lot of readers because of Dorchester, two RITA nominations and I started the Eternal Guardians series there. I also met my fabulous editor who not only loves my books but who is a great supporter of my work. It was sad what happened to Dorchester because they were one of the last publishers to really take chances on out of the box books, and I hate what they were doing to authors (not paying them) but I’m of a mindset that everything happens for a reason. I would not be where I am today had I not signed that first contract with Dorchester back in 2008. And who knows? Maybe readers wouldn’t have the Eternal Guardians either.

Who is your favorite author?

EN: I don’t have just one. And it really depends on the genre.

In contemporary romance I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. In historicals, Galen Foley. In romantic suspense, Elizabeth Lowell and Joan Swan. In fantasy, George R.R. Martin and J.R. Tolkien. I could go on and on…

What advice would you give to someone just starting out writing?

EN: Don’t give up. If writing is what you want to do, make your dream come true. There were so many times during those first five years when I was struggling to sell that I wanted to quit. Every time I’d hear sale news for another writer I’d get depressed. But I had this driving desire to eventually sell, and that persistence still hasn’t let up. It took me a long time to master the craft. You don’t have to be an AWESOME writer right out of the gate. But if you are a persistent author, who keeps working hard to get better and doesn’t give up, you will eventually sell.

How do you come up with your titles?

EN: Not easily! I start off brainstorming a list of titles I think work for a story. Then I run that list by my core writer group. After that we narrow the list down, then I send the list to my editor. Ultimately, the publisher has the final say, but I’ve been really lucky in that most of my titles have been ones I’ve originally come up with and my publishers have eventually approved.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

EN: I love hearing from readers! Visit me on the web at:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.naughton1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ElisNaughton
And a brand new website I’m a part of: www.rockitreads.com (more info about this coming soon on the above sites!)

Thank you so much Elisabeth for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again soon and I look forward to your next Guardian adventure.

Thank you so much! And thanks to all the readers who have bought ENRAPTURED so far! For those who haven’t…what are you waiting for? Run out and buy it today!

Orpheus—To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves

A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from her home in western Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Awards of Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, the Golden Leaf, and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books. Her next book in the Eternal Guardians series, Enslaved, will be in stores in November 2012.

 For two lucky people Elisabeth is giving away two copies of Enraptured just leave a comment along with your email address to be entered.  Contest ends at 11:59pm EST April 15 and is open to US and Canada residents only.  You must include your email within your comment to be entered.


  1. Great advice about persistence Elisabeth. And that is very cool that most of the titles have been what you have come up with. Congrats to your success with the series!


    1. Update: I've been following Elisabeth's blog tour and was notified that I won Enraptured on one of her tour sites. So, please don't include me now in your drawing. Thanks!

  2. I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading Enraptured.

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  3. I am really looking forward to this book, it sounds great. Thanks so much for the interview & giveaway! Congrats to Elisabeth for the release of ENRAPTURED and best luck with the continuation of the series.
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  4. Great interview. This is one of my favorite series. Looking forward to picking up a copy.

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  5. Great interview and congrats on your new release. Looking forward to reading Enraptured.


  6. Nice interview. Enraptured sounds like an awesome book. I love the cover. Can't wait to read it!

  7. Thanks for the great interview, I love learning more about a favorite author and series! Can't wait to read Enraptured! lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

  8. Great interview! Congratulations on the book! I like the series and am looking forward to the new book.