Welcome, Elizabeth! I’m so glad to have you here today. Tell us about yourself– what are you into?
I’m a dog person, I love to read, and dance. I love cheesy 80’s movies and music, and I will go for the happy ending every time. And I totally believe a positive attitude will get you far in life.
I agree with you there. We have to try to stay positive about things. (Especially us writers– we have a tendency to be our own worst critics!) What genre do you most enjoy writing?
Romance in all its forms is my favorite, be it Historical, like my Agents for the Crown, series or Young Adult Paranormal. I enjoy it all.
Wonderful! I love any type of Historical fiction, myself. Who is your favorite character in your book, and what do you like most about him or her?
My favorite character in Soul Mates: Scent is Daire. He’s loyal and a fierce fighter, but he is funny too and likes to play practical jokes.
Do you get many of your ideas from your own life, or is your work mostly fictional?
Some ideas do come from my own life. One of the scenes with Max’s little sister was actually inspired by my own sister when she was a toddler.
Intriguing– I can’t wait to read about it! What was the main inspiration behind your current novel?
Actually, I’m not quite sure. I knew after reading Twilight, (yes, I am a fan) that I wanted to write a YA book with a male lead, a character who had to grow up and made choices, and I wanted him to have a strong female lead as well, one who could be soft with him, but still hold her own in a fight.
I’ve heard Twilight is an entertaining and quick read, though I haven’t had time to read them, myself. Now, I’m curious, so I must ask: how did you get started in publishing, and what was the most difficult aspect of “breaking in” to the field?
I actually self-published first, which is fairly easy these days, and then took on the difficult aspect of networking to get my book read. I came across an amazing group of authors, and was lucky enough to find Carly Anne Wallace, who at the time was a book reviewer. I sent her my book and after reading it, she insisted (She didn’t have to twist my arm, I was extremely excited about it) that I allow her to send it to a friend of hers that was starting a publishing company. That company is Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly, owned by my fabulous publisher Sj Davis. It was a match made in heaven for me, and I cannot be thankful enough to both Carly and Sj for all they’ve done.
That’s wonderful. It just goes to show how important networking is for authors. Can you share a tip for my readers about writing or publishing?
I do have a few tips. First, write every day. It doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you write. Study other books, see what makes them best sellers. Definitely have someone read over what you’ve written for errors before you send it off to a publisher. You could have the best story ever written, but if there are too many errors in grammar and structure, the publisher will never touch it. Work at your craft every day, and that includes networking. Get out there and meet people. And support your fellow indie authors, because they will have your back. You can get there on your own, but who are you going to celebrate with when you do?
Thanks for being here, Elizabeth, and sharing your tips and experience with readers. I look forward to reading your book, and wish you the best of luck!
About the Author
Elizabeth A. Lance lives with her husband, Brandon, their two tweens, three
sassy cats that think they own the house and two crazy German Sheppard-
Husky mix puppies. She is the author of the Agents for the Crown Regency
series as well as the Young Adult series, Soul Mates.