If we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte 🙂
What would you order?
I would also order a Latte, but a large, skinny, one-shot Latte. Too much caffeine fries my brain.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. When you write, it’s either historical romance, historical or contemporary romance. Your latest series – Lust in the Tudor Courts, is very “spicy” as I like to call it here on the blog! It was captivating and unique to read a Tudor Series that was steamy and engaging.
For those readers who don’t know anything about this series – it takes place in the Court of King Henry VIII and Queen Ann Boleyn. What was it about King Henry VIII that inspired you to write a Tudor series about him and give it a steamy/”Spicy” twist?
Henry was clearly a very lascivious king – not only did he have all those wives, but he had numerous mistresses too! So it was not hard to imagine the Tudor court under Henry as being a place of sexual intrigue among the courtiers too. Like master, like servant.
What type of research did you do to prepare yourself?
I had already written six books – as Victoria Lamb – set in Tudor England, though slightly later, so all I had to do was read up on the Henrician court and Anne Boleyn in particular, whose trial forms the political backdrop to this novel.
Will there be more than three books in this series?
Not at the moment. I do have three further Bride books all planned out for the Elizabethan court, but no publisher for them so far. Any offers, dear publishers, you know where to find me!
For those who are not familiar with your work, you write under a few different names. You must be super organized to keep that all straight!. Is it easy to switch around when writing? How do you keep every character and story line straight?
It is easy for me to switch around most of the time. I sit down and my writing ‘voice’ changes automatically to fit my readership. That part comes quite naturally to me; I’m a bit of a social chameleon too and my writing is an extension of that facility. Being organized is not so easy, alas, but somehow I manage. I don’t keep fact sheets – that’s way too organized for me – so I just have to keep all the characters and story lines straight in my head while writing. Again, I mostly manage that. Though sometimes I have to stop and check back to see what colour someone’s eyes are! That’s always an issue when you write books quickly though, especially back to back or even overlapping.
Many readers are drawn to a book strictly based on the cover and I admit, I love a great cover. For the Tudor Series did you have input in the design?
No, but then I like to leave such jobs to the designers. I self-publish sexy Regencies too as Elizabeth Moss – and other stories under other names! – and hate people interfering in my cover choices. So I do as I would be done by. 🙂
Earlier this year in May here in the states, Wolf Bride was released. I’ll be posting my review tomorrow. When can we expect to read Rose Bride and Rebel Bride?
Rebel Bride is Book Two, and is due out in December for the Christmas market. I expect it will be up for pre-order in early autumn. Book Three, Rose Bride, which is my personal favorite, is out in May 2016.
Sounds great! Just in time for the holidays 🙂
I hope you are enjoying your summer and am thrilled we were able to hang out – I had a blast! Thank you so much for your time.
THANK YOU, Rae! Lovely coffee, by the way! 😉
8 Tantalizing Tidbits 🙂
1. What is your must read book and why? Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – I’ve had the book for years, but was put off by its huge size. But recently I saw the BBC adaptation and was blown away by it. So that’s the one I have to grapple with in 2015.
2. What is one place I should see if I visit your hometown? Oddly, I only moved to Devon from Cornwall in England a month ago so I’m still finding my feet here. But nearby is Dartmoor, a wild and desolate high place, and well worth a visit to blow the cobwebs away and remind us what life may have been like for early humans.
3. Castles or Beaches? Beaches, definitely. Castles scare me, even though I write about them so much in my Tudor novels!
4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you? I used to be a semi-professional snooker player in my twenties, and was seeded 24th in the world for women’s snooker. So I know all the British pool players who emigrated to America a decade or so ago, like Allison Fisher, Kim Shaw, Karen Corr, Kelly Fisher etc. But that’s a whole other story!
5. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go? Australia, probably. I’ve never been and the outback sounds amazing. I love wild, lonely places.
6. What is your guilty pleasure? Writing poetry. It feels so self-indulgent.
7. What are you afraid of? Spiders. Even tiny ones. I scream when I see one, and run away like a mad woman.
8. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 ? I I’d love to see Georgette Heyer’s THE GRAND SOPHY as a novel. It has everything, it’s a marvellously layered and witty romance.
Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. For more information, please visit her website: www.elizabethmossfiction.com.
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