Ok we have the honor of having Elizabeth Finn with us today to talk about her new release, The Devil’s Pawn!
When did you get ‘the call’ to say you had contracted your first book?
Well my first manuscript (The Devil’s Pawn) I initially received an R&R on June 16th, and I have to say this is when I melted. An R&R was like a contract to me. It was like being handed an assignment, and as a college student, that was right up my alley. The manuscript was technically contracted on July 1st. My other two contracted manuscripts were simply contracted with no revisions – plenty of edits though of course!
Can you tell us a little about your typical writing day?
My typical writing doesn’t start until after my son is in bed at night. I work a full time job, and I’m a college student, so on those nights when I’m home and don’t have class, I settle in with my laptop once the little man has quieted down. Saturdays are a big writing day for me as my son is often spending time with his Gran and it affords me hours of quiet time to write.
What is or was your day job?
I work as a Human Resources Specialist specifically in benefits. We’re a 1500+ employee company (over 2000 if you include temporary employees). I really do love it, and I’ve made some amazing friends there.
What’s coming up for you in terms of book releases?
Well, I have The Devil’s Pawn now available, Brother’s Keeper releasing on 22/10/2012, Restoring Jordan releasing on 17/12/2012, and I’m about 60,000 words in to my latest manuscript. My books range from 65,000 words up to 90,000, and I anticipate that the one I’m working on now will fall within that range as well.
What was the best and worse advice you have ever been given as a writer?
Truthfully, I’m still waiting on worse advice. I’ve been given advice from multiple associations through Liquid Silver, and I can honestly say, I don’t feel I’ve been steered in the wrong direction yet! Everyone is very helpful and willing to give their opinion when needed.
Your pet peeve, in writing or generally.
Hmmm. You’re tripping me up on this one. This would be more of a life pet peeve, but I’m impatient. I’m a now, now, now sort of person. So, being patient and letting things just fall in to place is difficult for me.
What gave you the idea for this book?
I’m not sure where it came from truthfully. It is one of many stories I’ve invented in my head over the years. It isn’t a new story idea that just sprang up; it’s been with me for literally years at this point. I’ve always found that I’m constantly writing stories in my mind, and I’ve done this since I was a child. This just happens to be one of those stories that’s been floating around.
Okay the desert island question. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take?
Easy peasy! My laptop, my phone, and my Kindle.
What items do you have around you when you write?
Coffee – I always have coffee with me, my cell phone, my calendar and notebook… and that’s about it!
Okay, pimp your book, can you give us a blurb or excerpt?
When Ashton is left orphaned after her parents are murdered, her life becomes a hell she could never have imagined. Left to fend for herself, and responsible for a debt she doesn’t owe, she is swept into a life as a gentleman’s escort at a private men’s gaming hall. Her new manager makes it abundantly clear he doesn’t appreciate her inexperience, innocence, and shyness. On the contrary, he despises everything about her.
Derek can be “difficult,” she’s been told. And however dark and handsome he may be, he terrifies her in a way that chills her to the bone, but leaves her begging to understand him. As they are pulled along together, more secrets and threats than either one could ever conceive are revealed, and a common enemy emerges. This enemy will stop at nothing to bring Derek to his knees while using Ashton as the greatest pawn in his torturous game.
Will Derek be able to let down his shield of cold, harsh emotion before it’s too late? Will he be able to sacrifice himself to save Ashton, or will they both be destroyed by the secrets of their pasts?