Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Beth Williamson, aka Emma Lang, to Romancing the Book as she continues her blog tour. Beth, will you please share a short bio with us.
Beth: Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010.
Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.
Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.
Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. 😉
Jen: Can you tell us where the idea from Circle Eight came from?
Beth: I really love a series (writing and reading) and my series are known for being family oriented. Although some families are traditional, some are non-traditional. The Circle Eight was born from my need to write a family series based around a place (the ranch) and a family (the Grahams). I chose eight because if you turn it on its side, it’s infinity. And so, the Graham siblings, all eight of them, were born. I also chose Republic of Texas because it’s a time frame I hadn’t tackled before and it called for tough people to survive. I love to write tough characters who have real challenges to overcome!
Jen: How much research have you had to do for this series?
Beth: Because I hadn’t written anything in the era of the Republic of Texas, I had to do a lot of research. I read books, did a lot of searching online, and made sure every detail was historically accurate. From what they ate to what they wore to the cities and historical events.
Jen: In Caleb, your heroine, Aurora, is a blacksmith? How did her profession come about?
Beth: If anyone has read my books before, you will know that my heroines are never the norm. They are always unique and strive to break down the chauvinism that was rampant in the 19th century. Aurora needed to be strong, both mentally and physically, and I adored the idea of her being in a profession dominated by men. I also gave her a hammer to protect herself and craft beautiful pieces of metal.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character from the series to this point? If so, why?
Beth: Oh, unfair question! LOL. Although she hasn’t had her story yet, I think Catherine is my favorite character to be. She is the wild child of the family, smart, beautiful and tries her best to not be what’s expected. As for characters I have written for, I think Hannah has to be my favorite because she has a lot of me in her. Although to be fair, I fall in love with all my characters, male or female. It’s the advantage of being an author. 🙂
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Beth: Favorite authors? Wow, that’s a seriously long list. For people who are current publishing, I like Kaki Warner, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Elizabeth Hoyt and Meljean Brook (an eclectic mix I know but I love many genres!). I’m currently reading Rachel and the Hired Gun by Elaine Levine.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Beth: I will be publishing book 4 in the CIRCLE EIGHT series, Vaughn, which is Elizabeth’s story in the summer. This fall I have the first Malloy prequel, THE FORTUNE (John and Francesca Malloy’s story) releasing from Samhain. I hope to announce book 2 in that prequel series very soon! As far as what I’m writing, I’m in the middle of writing something completely different – a space opera (cowboys and space) that I’m absolutely loving!
If you’d like to learn more about Beth/Emma, you can follow her blog tour:
2/1/13 — Book Obsessed Chicks
2/2/13 — Coffee Time Romance & More
2/4/13 — Books & Kisses
2/5/13 — Love Books
2/6/13 — Mammawolf Blog
2/7/13 — Happily Ever After
2/8/13 — Chastity Bush’s Blog
2/9/13 — Makenwords Blog
2/11/13 — Skyla11377 Blog
2/12/13 — RELEASE DAY!!! Under the Covers Blog
2/13/13 — Romancing the Book
2/13/13 — Smutketeers
2/13/13 — Happily Ever After Reads
2/14/13 — DayDreamZ Blog
2/15/13 — Scorching Book Reviews
2/18/13 — The Book Reading Gals
2/19/13 — Book Reviews and More
2/20/13 — Melissa Cutler’s Blog
2/21/13 — Smexy Books
2/22/13 — Dee’s Book Blog
2/23/13 — Ebookpushers
2/25/13 — Forever Book Lover
2/26/13 — Herding Cats & Burning Soup
2/27/13 — My Secret Romance