Interview & Contest: Elizabeth Noble

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Jen: Please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Elizabeth: Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Elizabeth: My latest release is Jewel Cave. It’s a suspense novel, revolving around a man, Clint, who becomes the obsession of a person he thought was a friend. When Clint is kidnapped his longtime partner, Griff a US Marshal will stop at nothing to find him and bring him to safety.

It’s sort of funny where the idea came from. I saw an article about the Jewel Cave monument and cave system and thought: Wow I need to write a book about this place! This is an extensive cave system and the perfect place to chase bad guys.

Excerpt:

It was time to back away from Dylan, what had been a friendship had definitely shifted to territory uncomfortable to Clint. He didn’t want to hurt Dylan’s feelings. He’d tried sending a few emails telling Dylan some of his pictures weren’t appreciated, but it did no good. The guy was either dense or stubborn.

Unlike some of his other friends, Clint knew nothing about Dylan’s family or the people who lived near him. As far as Clint could tell, Dylan was alone in the world, and his sudden attachment to Clint was starting to feel creepy. So, lately, Clint had been taking longer and longer to answer emails and tried to keep subjects of conversation as neutral as possible or focused on writing projects.

The pictures Clint deleted. Griff would flip if he ever knew about those photos, not that Clint would blame him in the least. He would have loved to share some of his other concerns about Dylan’s wellbeing with Griff, but Clint knew the man would turn Dylan into one of America’s Most Wanted in under a minute.

Such was the hazard of sharing his life with a US Deputy Marshal.

He’d made a vow to himself long ago he’d never use Griff’s job or badge unless there was a solid, valid reason. Someone he’d known for a few years all of a sudden annoying him online was not solid or valid in Clint’s mind. Clint kept reminding himself Dylan was lonely and had no family. He was probably merely one of those people who didn’t get the concept of boundaries. That didn’t make him a criminal, just socially awkward.

Clint nearly jumped out of his skin when someone’s strong arm snaked around his waist and pulled him back against a firm body. Warm breath blew in his ear along with the words, “You left the door unlocked again. I could be the neighborhood whack job here to bludgeon you to death after defiling you.”

“You scared the crap out of me!” Clint yelped, trying to squirm away, but it was useless. “You’re the guy on this street with all the big guns.” Behind him Griff chuckled and used one finger to move Clint’s hair away from his neck. He pressed a soft kiss to the spot. Clint glared down at the dogs. “And you two! You need watchdog lessons.”

Griff gave a little jerk forward with his hips and snickered. “And those big guns are all yours.” He let go of Clint, turned him, and shook him by the shoulders for a second. “Lock the goddamn doors. Even if someone smashes through the storm door, you’ll at least hear them.” He raised his eyebrows and leaned away from Clint, letting him go. “For me. Please. ’Cause the only defiling that goes on in this house is done by me.”

Clint burst out laughing. Griff’s blue-gray eyes twinkled, and the corners crinkled in a way Clint loved when Griff smiled. “Sorry, I’m late,” Griff said. He used his free hand to pet the dogs.

 

Jen: What what age did you discover writing?  Tell us your call story.
Elizabeth: I’m not sure, I think I was 5 or so. Before I could write I told stories. Once I hit school age and learned to write was when I discovered writing. When I was eight or nine I wrote a story for school about seeing the ghost of a family dog that had passed away. I think that was the first real story that other people saw—they loved it by the way.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Elizabeth: I’m a little of both. I have my basic plot and I know where the story is going and how it ends. From there I develop the plot as I go and make changes as needed.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Elizabeth: If I can’t write them down or record them in some manner via my phone I keep repeating the idea in my head. The problem with that is sometimes I talk to myself. Sort of embarrassing in the grocery store.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Elizabeth: A large portion of my research revolved around caving. There is a lot of specialized equipment and different skills for navigating different types of cave systems. Since Griff and Clint are long time cavers I needed to learn about the techniques and tools they’d use.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Elizabeth: Not so long ago I participated in an online chat via Facebook. One of the organizers seemed to know something about all the authors’ books. When it came my turn to interact with the readers he told me my books were one of the first he’d read in the MM genre. Then he proceeded to ask me several very detailed questions about my various books. That made me feel really good.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Elizabeth: I garden in the warmer months, mostly flowers. All year round I do some walking and hiking with my dog. I like to find old furniture and refinish/repurpose it as well as faux paint the walls of my house.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Elizabeth: I’m currently working on the next in the Circles series, Gone Away. Hopefully the first book of a new series, Akhkharu Nasaru, that is a spin off from The Sleepless City series (written with Anne Barwell) will be released this year.

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