November 3, 2009

Blog Tour, Q&A and Giveaway: To Desire A Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

WINNERS: Emma in Pennsylvania, Jennifer in New York, Tena in California, Marjana in Florida and Cheryl in Ohio

Author's Website

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

Elizabeth, welcome to Reading With Monie and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

1. Please tell us a little about your background and your book, To Desire a Devil.

Thank you for having me, Monie! ;-)

I sleep with two dogs—the third is too big for the bed. That should tell more than you ever wanted to know about me. I also have two children who spend most of their time bickering and then running to tell me about it. And I have a husband who is an archaeologist. When we go on trips he gives a running commentary about the geological history of the places we drive through. Despite this, we are still happily married.

To Desire a Devil is the fourth and final book in my Legend of the Four Soldiers series. It’s the story of Reynaud St. Aubyn, Viscount Hope. Presumed dead for seven years, he escapes captivity and returns home, ready to resume his life. But the life he left isn’t there anymore. His father, the Earl of Blanchard is dead, another man has claimed the title, and there are rumors that he’s insane. Everyone seems to be against him except the new earl’s niece, a woman named Beatrice Corning. Beatrice for her part is dangerously attracted to Reynaud, but can she make him see that what they have may be more important than the life he’s trying to regain?

2. What actors/actresses would you choose to play the main characters in To Desire a Devil?

Hmm. Well, Zachary Quinto (Sylar in Heroes and Spock in Star Trek) would make a great Reynaud—he can be very dark and angsty—and Jenna Fischer (Pam on The Office) is down to earth and sweet with a bit of strength at her core.

3. Which book in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series has been your favorite and why?

I have a special spot in my heart for the second book in the series, To Seduce a Sinner. The hero, Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale is one of my favorite characters. He’s a bit of a party animal--everything is a joke to him—which made him a difficult hero to write. It was hard to show how strongly he felt things underneath. The heroine of that book is Melisande Fleming who is very self-contained but also feels things very deeply, so she was a difficult character as well to get right on the page. I think it’s because it was such a job to write To Seduce a Sinner that I like it so much.

4. Do you base any of your characters on people you know?

Nope. ;-)

5. How much research goes into writing historical fiction?

Lots. I research pretty much constantly in that I’m always looking at paintings and drawings and I always have a research book on my bedside table. (Or on my iPhone! At the moment I’m reading the e-version of Samuel Pepys diaries.)

6. Do you schedule your writing time daily or do you just write when the ideas come?

I write every day when I’m writing a book. I usually write in the mornings between nine and two in the afternoon, but if I’m having trouble with a scene or haven’t finished my goal word count for the day I sometimes write until ten or twelve at night.

7. What's the biggest obstacle you faced when writing? How do you overcome it?

Believing in myself. A writer has to have a core of iron when they first start out. They spend years writing merely on the hope that they will be good enough and lucky enough to be published. Once published the writer has to continue to believe that she can write—that her work is good and that she’ll finish the book she’s now contracted for. That may seem easy, but I know of many writers who stopped writing or who self-destructed. The wonder is that so many writers do make a living at this.

How did I overcome this obstacle? Core of iron. ;-)

8. Who are your favorite authors and is there a book that has most influenced your writing?

Some of my favorite authors are: Linda Howard, Jim Butcher, Nalini Singh, and Lisa Kleypas. I think the book that most influenced me personally was The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle. It’s a book of beautifully illustrated Edwardian fairy tales that was given me when I was about nine or ten.

9. What is your best reader or fan story?

You know, I get the nicest emails from readers. Some are funny, some are kind, and some of them are very poignant. One I remember was from a reader who was a single mom who had gone back to school in nursing—obviously a very busy woman! She said that she usually read legal thrillers but one day in a drug store while picking up a prescription she’d happened to see To Seduce a Sinner and bought it on impulse. She wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed the book and how very nice it was to read something that took her away from the stress of her everyday life and ended on a happy note. Her email pretty much articulated why I write romance books. ;-)

10. What books do you have in the pipeline?

Right now I’m working on Wicked Intentions, the first of a new series called the Maiden Lane series. Wicked Intentions is set in Georgian London during the time when gin was very cheap and sold everywhere, creating a terrible addiction problem for the poor of London. The hero, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is a rake searching in the East End for the man who murdered his mistress. But he needs the help of Temperance Dews, a widow running a foundling home in St. Giles. Temperance agrees to help Lazarus if in exchange he’ll take her to society balls so she can find a patron for her home. But both Lazarus and Temperance are hiding secrets. Wicked Intentions will be out in summer of 2010.

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CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Elizabeth also writes contemporary romance as Julia Harper.

Anonymous said...

please count me in for the giveaway

A fact about Elizabeth is she met her archaeologist husband in Wisconsin on a dig in a cornfield.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, Monie. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

throuthehaze said...

I learned that Elizabeth lives in central Illinois.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

mrsshukra said...

I'm a huge Elizabeth Hoyt fan and it's amazing that she only started writing 8 years ago!


lag123 said...

She lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs.

travellingmomof2 said...

She lives with 3 untrained dogs.

scottsgal said...

I love her books! Good for her, she got all three of her mutts at an animal shelter!

msboatgal at

enyl said...

I learned that the author writes fairytales; I plan to review them to determine if they meet the criteria for inclusion in my curriculum.


Martha Lawson said...

I learned that she also writes contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper..

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

JoanneR said...

Loved the fun little fact about Elizabeth getting locked in the museum at the age of 16 because she was looking at pottery!!
Thank you for the opportunity to win her latest!

Emma said...

I learned that she also writes contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper..

To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt
sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you

Meljprincess said...

I learned that Fritz, her middle dog, is a small overweight orange mutt with a deep and abiding love of hotdogs. I love his picture. :-)

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Asylumgirl said...

I like that on her website she included information on the imaginary dogs from her books.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Pamela Keener said...

Two of her dogs sleep in bed with her.
Love & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

The author met her hubby while on an archeological dig in Wisconsin. How cool is that?


Enid Wilson said...

Interesting that you look at paintings as research. Excellent tips!

Bargain with the Devil

Cathy M said...

I learned the Elizabeth is working on a new series, Maiden Lane, and the title of the upcoming release is, Wicked Intentions.


Simply Stacie said...

She also writes under the name Julia Harper and she started writing 8 years ago.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Mariee said...

Right now she's writing the first book in the Maiden Lane series, it's titled Wicked Intentions.


Toni said...

Hey there.. great interview. No need to enter me. I entered elsewhere. Loved the interview.

Jennifer M. said...

I'm a big fan of Elizaceth Hoyt so I've been to her site many times. She has a free novella "The Ice Princess" up that I've been following month by month. Love her books!


kalynnick said...

I learned she has a free The Princes Trilogy novella

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Marie said...

I didn't know she lived so close to me -- over in Illinois!

Tena said...

I learned she lives in Illionis with her hubby that she met in Wisconsin.

Great interview!

Tena said...

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Renee G said...

She also writes under the name of Julia Harper.

Tena said...

11/8 tweet


Dawn M. said...

I discovered that we read some of the same authors: Jim Butcher, Christina Dodd and Nalini Singh. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I learned that she also writes under the name Julia Harper.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

cheryl c said...

I love Elizabeth's historicals, but I learned that she also writes contemporaries under the name Julia Harper.

This has been a great series, and I am excited to have a chance to win the finale!

castings at mindspring dot com

Tena said...

daily tweet 11/11/09


Anita Yancey said...

I learned that she is an avid gardener. Please enter me. Thanks!


CherylS22 said...

I learned that Elizabeth Holt wrote the Legend of the Four Soldiers series - To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast& To Desire a Devil.

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com