Jen: Today our Authors After Dark spotlight is on Eliza Gayle. Eliza, will you share a short bio with our readers?
Eliza: Eliza Gayle lives a life full of sexy shapeshifters, blood boiling vamps and a dark desire for bondage…until she steps away from her computer and has to tend to her family.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude (which her husband translated into something very naughty) from college with a dual degree in Human Resource Management and Sociology. That education, a love of the metaphysical and a dirty mind comes in handy when she sits down to create new characters and worlds. The trick is getting her to sit still.
…Join her in her world. The door is always open and the next red-hot adventure is just a page away.
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Jen: Please tell us about your latest release.
Eliza: My newest release is Tucker’s Fall the first book in the Purgatory Masters spin off series.
I’ve been writing the Purgatory club novella series for years and for some reason the owners of the club were never in my mind. Finally last year they hit me and their stories came to life. Tucker’s book came out in January and the next book, Levi’s Ultimatum will be out in July. While each book will focus on one of the owner’s there will be secrets revealed that affect them all and all of the characters will continue to appear so they will be best read in order.
Tucker’s Fall Summary:
Scandalized professor Maggie Cisco returns to her hometown to lick her wounds and reconsider her future. Her years of personal and professional research into the BDSM lifestyle has landed her in jail, in divorce court and now in the headlines of more newspapers than she cares to count. The worst of all? The entire debacle is being blamed on a bestselling book she hasn’t even read!
Just when she thinks her only solution is a tell all memoir, a snowstorm puts her in the path of stunningly handsome, insanely rich and equally intense, Tucker Lewis.
Tucker remembers Maggie well. They once shared a mind-numbing kiss at the annual St. Mary’s carnival when her boyfriend wasn’t looking. No stranger to scandal, he looks past public opinion to the submissive craving a master’s touch and decides then and there what he wants. He’s going after Maggie and her heart’s kinkiest desires.
Unfortunately, no amount of money can change the sins of the past and when they’re certain they know everything there is to know about each other, one discovers a secret they aren’t prepared for.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Eliza: Over the years I have tried so many variations of a routine in an effort to become more productive it’s almost laughable. Timed writing, music, no music, coffee shops, etc.
Fortunately those exercises did teach me a few things. I am at my most productive midday. From about 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. If I don’t at least start writing during those hours my word count for the day will be quite lacking. Once I’m really tired, forget it.
I also prefer music to set the mood. If I sit down to write at 10:00 am and the house is quiet I’m good to go without music. But I’m easily distracted so if there is anything else going on then its best to turn on a movie soundtrack and settle in as best I can.
I also use an internet blocking app on Chrome that keeps me from wandering off task.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Eliza: I have actually probably forgotten a lot of really good idea. They come like dreams and are as easily forgotten as well. I do manage to get a lot written down though. My iPad is always on my nightstand so I can jot down notes at night. I have bath crayons in my shower because most of my really great ideas come in the shower. And my house is littered with notebooks and pens so I can grab one and write a random thought down when it comes.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Eliza: I’d like to write or finish a new adult. Years ago I started one even though the new adult genre didn’t exist then. At the time I was writing it as an erotic story and it wasn’t coming out like I thought it would so I never finished it. Now that the new adult genre is booming the story I was trying to write makes so much more sense and I realize that while it still needs sex in it because of the storyline, the focus is not on the erotic journey and it needs rewriting. So I’d like to find the time and go back and finish it properly.
I’ll probably never write historical. I used to read historical like crazy as a teenager and I guess I burned out on them. Now and then I pick one up and enjoy it but the crazy love for the genre just isn’t there anymore. For me, writing a genre I didn’t absolutely love to read would be pure torture so I don’t see me writing one.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Eliza: I am a TV and movie junkie. So if I’m not writing or reading, then I’m watching TV or headed to the movie theater. It’s not uncommon for me to go to the movies a few times a week during good movie season. We just recently had a rash of movies I wanted to see so it seemed I was there all the time. The Host, G.I. Joe, Die Hard, Beautiful Creatures, Safe Haven, Olympus Has Fallen, Warm Bodies, and the list goes on. Right now I’m anxiously waiting for Iron Man 3 and the next Star Trek among many many others.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Eliza: In late May a new novella, Reclaiming His Submissive will be released. This is the continuing story of Alex and Harper from Sweet Submission. I never expected to write more about those two but something about them stuck with me and I decided to explore it further. I have in fact already started writing a third installment for these two.
Oh, one last thing. For a limited time but going on right now. Two of my books which are first of series are available for free.
These books are free at Amazon, All Romance, Kobo and iTunes