Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Author Interview: Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? 

Russia!  Russia is without doubt one of the most fascinating countries in the world. I’d love to see it while traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. I’d be sure to stop at Lake Baikal, the deepest, oldest lake on earth.

It holds 20% of the world’s fresh water. I’d enjoy looking around Novgorod, Russia’s oldest city, and naturally I’d visit the Kremlin. While I was there I’d tour the Armoury which has a splendid collection of treasures from Russia’s past. The Hermitage with its wonderful collection of art is on my list, and of course no visit to Russia would be complete without visiting St. Basil’s Cathedral. Did you know that the exterior was designed to mimic a bonfire in full flame? There’s more to see, but this is getting to be a long list. If you’d like to go with me, let’s get started planning our trip.

What is one silly fact about you? 

I can’t write unless I have a tapping straw. Oh, I know you’ve never heard of a tapping straw. It’s one of those bendy straws with stripes on it. I found that if I have one to tap around and play with it relaxes me, and I can see things about my writing that I didn’t see before. My family laughed at me, but I’ve noticed several of them now have a tapping straw as well.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013? 

I have a sequel to Return Engagement coming in December from Whiskey Creek Press. The book is titled Blue 52, and I know you’d just love it.

I poured my heart into that book!  At present I’m working on what I hope will be the first of a series of three novels: Flood, Fire, and Blizzard.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published? 

I have seventeen books on my computer, and twelve of them have been published. The last ones are from Astraea Press. They’re listed on my blog and my website.

What are the elements of a great romance for you? 

First, I have to have a hero to die for, and a heroine with spunk.

Second, I want a plot to the book, not just one romantic interlude after the other, and lastly I like plots that are a little different. I get tired of the same old thing.

Please share about your book 

The name of my latest book is The Enchanted, and I guess the easiest way to tell you about it would be to share a blurb. Here goes: Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? 

My hero Prince Alan is an artist who believes in true love, but when he becomes his father’s heir, he finds courage and strength that he never dreamed he possessed. Princess Morgane has the heart of a dragon. She isn’t afraid to take life by the horns and shape it to her will. Morgane went through some tough times, but she never broke and came out of it stronger than ever.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book? 

You should read it because it’s filled with romance, adventure, sympathetic characters, and a satisfying ending.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Each character is my favorite as I’m writing a new book, but if I have to choose just one, I’d pick Richard Lovinggood from Return Engagement. I took every heroic quality I admire and gave them to Richard. He’s the kind of man who’d make my heart go pitter patter. My second choice is Matt McCallum from A New Dream. Matt’s whole world fell apart when he lost his pro football career, but he made a great life for himself anyway.

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  1. Really nice interview! The Enchanted is on my TBR list.

  2. Thanks, Brooke. I think you'll like it :)



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