Interview & Contest: Eliza Gayle

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eliza chinJen: 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.

Where I hang out online:

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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.

Untamed Magick is the first book of my Pentacles of Magick series and Roped is the first book of my Purgatory Club series that inspired the most recent spin off series the Purgatory Masters.

These books are free at Amazon, All Romance, Kobo and iTunes

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9 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Eliza Gayle

  1. Series are great because I get to revisit characters. I have nothing against stand-alones of course, but series just make me want to keep reading books by that authors. Some of my favorite romance series are Maya Banks’s KGI Brothers series, anything by Nicola Cornick, and Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners.

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode

  2. Maria D. says:

    Love the cover for Tucker’s Fall and it sounds really good! I’ll have to add it to my reading list:) Thanks for the interview:)

  3. June M. says:

    I do tend to like series books more than stand alone books. I get attached to the characters and like to know what happens after the HEA or HFN ending. There are many different series that I love, just a few of them include the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair and Rescue Me series by Kallypso Masters, Come Again series by Miranda Baker, The Original Sinners by Tiffany Riesz, and so many more 🙂

  4. Crystal B says:

    I love series book because I get to catch up with my “friends” again in another book. They are probably my favorite reads. I have so many favorites it would be hard to list them. If it is a small town series, or a family series odds are I’m going to enjoy it.

  5. Crystal Newman says:

    Just added Sweet Submission to my wish list on Amazon and I can’t wait to read it. I love to read books like Sweet Submission. I can’t believe that I haven’t read it yet. My favorite thing to do is read and I just want to thank you for sharing.

  6. Debbie Sad says:

    I can not wait to read Tuckers Fall ! I enjoyed the interview and I really Love you work. I personally enjoy the series it makes me as a reader more involved. Thanks

  7. Debbie Sad says:

    I just picked up Untamed Magick & Roped to add to my collection of White Cougar, Vampire Awakening, Their Obsession, and Her Surrender I real do enjoy you work. I can imagine it is true that you forget many great ideas as quick as they come the bath crayons a cute idea keep the great ideas coming

  8. Kai W. says:

    I love reading the stories in series. This way the characters will be with me like the In Death series by J.D. Robb.

  9. judy says:

    I love my books in a series because I feel that you get to now the characters a little more in detail. I have so many favorites that is hard to name them all. I love Johanna Lindsey Mallory family; Jude deveruax Montgomery -target family, Catherine coulter books are more
    in the form of tie ins with a few series in it. Jo Beverly, Galen Foley are some other ones that have great series.

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