Midnight Seductions Guest Interview
Digging Deeper comes out on April 29th with Cerridwen Press. It’s a romantic comedy set in Yorkshire, England, where I live. It’s about an archeologist on a summer dig whose life is thrown into chaos by an accident prone female. I think it’s probably the funniest story I’ve written and sad to say, much of it happened to me – but not the unexploded bomb. Phew!
What genre do you prefer to write? Is there a genre you’d like to write in that you haven’t tried yet?
That’s hard to answer. I write psychological thrillers, contemporary erotic and straight romance, paranormal erotic romance and sci fi erotic romance. In fact – so long as there is some romance in there, I’ll write anything and enjoy it. I like M/F, M/F/M and M/M. I’ve never tried to write a regency romance and I’d like to give that a go one day.
What do you like to read?
Regency romances! I love them, especially if they are funny, so authors like Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Mary Balogh are my favorites. I like straight historical stories about people like Genghis Khan. I love gory thrillers, psychological thrillers, paranormals, in fact – it would be easier to say what I don’t read – biographies, or autobiographies or hard core sci fi. I’ll give anything a try but for a comfort read on a cold night – a regency romance every time.
What do you feel is your strength as an author?
Zappy dialogue combined with strong characterization. I love writing dialogue more than anything else. I hope I create memorable characters. I have a lot of people telling me they’ve fallen in love with Charlie out of my book ‘Strangers’. But he’s mine, I tell you, mine, MINE!! Oops – sorry about that.
How did you choose your pen name?
I write under my real name. I spent a long time waiting for a publisher to take a chance on me – I want MY name out there. Though because I write erotic romance I had to check that my lawyer daughter and marketing manager son didn’t mind because our surname is very unusual.
Where do you see your writing career taking you?
Talking dream scenario here? I’d love to get my psychological thrillers published. I’d love to see my name on a print book for one of the big publishers. I’d love to get one of my stories picked up for a movie. Why not aim big?
Do you ever use people you know as characters in your book, or composites?
Never as direct characters but I suppose all my characters are composites of people I know or have read about. My husband’s buddies are always asking to star in one of my erotic books! With enhanced attributes of course.
Do you find your creativity is more active mornings, afternoon or evenings?
Morning, definitely. Before I even get up, I’m working out issues with my current story. By late afternoon I am spending more time on the Internet than I am writing. I also don’t write well when it’s sunny. I’m too tempted to go into the garden.
What well known author would you compare your work to or hope that you’ve achieved the same level of excitement?
Jenny Crusie with sex? Hard to answer that – I’m not sure I’m like anyone but I’d hope that readers finished one of my books and thought – that was fun.
What’s your favorite leisure activity and why?
Writing. Sorry, I am so boring. I hate shopping of any sort, hate most sports, hate cooking, hate eating, hate socializing. I should be locked in a box with my laptop. Oh wait – I am. Let me out!
Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. After several years successfully selling cyanide -try saying that fast - she dropped back into the world of writing by selling stories about family holidays to the local paper. A short step then to erotic romance. She writes for Ellora's Cave and Loose-Id and so long as she can make up stories about bad boys, she'll write in any mix and in any genre.