Interview & Contest: Elizabeth Means

Jen: Today we are happy to welcome Elizabeth Means, to Romancing the Book.  Elizabeth, will you please share a short bio with us?

Eizabeth: I’d be happy to, thanks for having me today. I’m a Missouri girl, born and raised. I have an undergraduate degree in biology and love being in the great outdoors. I also love to read and write and I’ve been writing for about seven years.

Jen: Tell us about Dangerous Charade and where it can be purchased.

Eizabeth: Dangerous Charade is an historical romantic suspense novel that follows a young female investigator through her first undercover case. She makes the grave mistake of falling in love with her number one suspect and ultimately must decide if his feelings for her are true or contrived.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When were you first published? Tell us your call story.

Eizabeth: I got serious about creative writing in various forms in my late 20’s. This is my first published novel. It’s a story I worked on in spurts over a few years. My road to getting published is a fairly typical one I think. Write the novel, send out query letters, receive a few requests for pages, then a few for the entire manuscript and then eventually an offer. Mixed into this process are the dreaded rejection letters, of course!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Eizabeth: Fun, romantic, suspenseful

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Eizabeth: 100% plot it out. I found early on that flying by the seat of my pants does not work well for writing a full novel, too many potential places to get off in the weeds with different characters storylines.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Eizabeth: I just love to do it. And I’m thrilled when my work entertains someone else.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Eizabeth: I’m dipping a toe into YA on a WIP as we speak, it’s been a lot of fun. I will probably never attempt to write a western as I don’t generally read them and would likely mess it up beyond all recognition!

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Eizabeth: Sometimes I use the name of someone in my own personal universe, other times I go with a name that “sounds” right.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Eizabeth: Amanda Quick, Mary Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich…and many others.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Eizabeth: Yes, a little happy dance! Beyond that, I have a wonderful family and friends who are very supportive of each milestone along the way so many dinners, impromptu gatherings…any excuse for a party!

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished this, is there something else you dream of doing?

Eizabeth: Would I sound really one-track minded if I said finishing my next book and getting a publishing contract for it too?

Jen: What’s next for you?

Eizabeth: A paranormal YA novel. This one will be set in present day, U.S.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Eizabeth: www.elizabeth-means.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Eizabeth: Since this is what I’m working on now…I’d love to know what they find to be their favorite paranormal characters: werewolves? Ghosts? Vampires? Fairies? Demons?

Contest details:

  • The prize is an e-book of Dangerous Charade
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 16.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • The contest ends on Saturday, December 24.
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