About the Author
Elizabeth SaFleur is an erotic romance author and recovering public relations practitioner who writes, tweets and posts under a pseudonym since her former business clients might be shocked at her new career choice. She wrote the Elite Doms of Washington contemporary erotic romance series after a thirty-year career serving D.C. clients. Today Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Virginia with her husband and dog. Elizabeth is a member of the Romance Writers Association and the Washington Romance Writers. www.ElizabethSaFleur.com
What inspires you to write romance books?
Everyone’s journey to finding and keeping love is unique, and every person’s story has something to teach us. I love watching my characters grow and evolve as they wrestle with trying to make a relationship work. To me, there is no greater honor than being part of my character’s lives.
Tell us about how you write:
I usually start with a character and a few pivotal scenes. For my erotic romance novel, Lovely, the whole story started with the sailboat scene, which is pretty far into the story. I had that scene in my head for many years. Then, I had to backtrack and discover what led them to that moment. It’s like a big scavenger hunt!
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. When I’m in the car, I often feel like a voyeur as the characters will have whole conversations in their head without me. At the keyboard, I usually talk *with* them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop writing. It’s not about good or bad writing in the first draft stage. It matters whether or not a story exists. A story must involve at least one person who goes through something and *changes.” Focus on that and the revision phase will take care of the rest.
Also, I encourage you to write the stories you wish to write. Don’t write for a market.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
One of my critique partners encouraged me. I decided one of the great joys in life would be to share the stories that have lived in my head for so many years. I decided to go with a micro-publisher, Troll River, because they offer the best of self-publishing and the best of traditional publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There’s no where to go but up! With the advent of self-publishing there is no better time to be a writer. But that also means we should be putting out the best product possible — well edited stories with well-designed covers. The competition for readers is growing. There are so many books to choose from. For writers, we owe it to our reading public to only release books when they are ready.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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