Friday, December 17, 2010

Dishing it up with Elizabeth Loraine

Today I have the pleasure of having Elizabeth Loraine, author of the Royal Blood Chronicles on my blog.

JET: Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

Elizabeth: Book Three The Dark Prince follows Katrina and the Five to the New World on their continuing quest to protect the peaceful races of the world including humans. It’s another wild ride as they travel across the continent to choose locations for new vampire clans in this new land. They encounter new allies and enemies along the way and are stalked by an evil presence: The Dark Prince the son of the Queen of the underworlds son who wants Katrina, no matter what the cost.

Cain the Quest is book four in my series Royal Blood Chronicles. Cain is a character that I introduced in book three: The Dark Prince. I just thought he was so interesting that I wanted to know more about him myself. Cain is a vampire of royal blood like the others except he has lived his entire life in the underworld kingdom of Althar. His Father, the Count Marcelle DeCountelay betrayed the templar knights who’s surviving members are still hunting them today. His mother Daniella is also the mother of Damien, Katrina’s love interest in the series. This book follows Cain on his journey of redemption as he tries desperately to redeem himself and join his sister and his half brother to help the Five Protectors. Will he succeed?

JET: What’s been your most challenging hurdle on the road to publication?

Elizabeth: Writing is just the beginning. The hardest part is the marketing and promotion. Getting people to read the books, but I am doing as much as I can because I believe in them and know people will fall in love with Katrina if they will just give her a chance.

JET: What was your favorite moment in the journey?

Elizabeth: Finding out that people do like the series and want to read more. That is great fun.

JET: Which authors had the most influence over you growing up?

Elizabeth: I loved Hans Christian Andersen as a child and later of course Anne Rice. But I loved reading about history and it was a big influence in writing these books.

JET: When did you know you wanted to take the plunge into the writing world?

Elizabeth: After reading so many modern teen books out there and finding that there just wasn’t anything new. I thought I could fill that niche with strong female characters and a new take on the vampire legend.

JET: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of book research? Most interesting fact you uncovered?

Elizabeth: I was doing research on the templar Knights and found that they some had fled to Scotland to fight with Robert the Bruce of Braveheart fame. Robert the Bruce’s lineage is the royal house of Spencer as in Diana Spencer (Princess Diana) and a relative of Christopher Columbus! You may read more about this in another book!

JET: Of all the novels and stories you’ve written - which one is your favorite? Why?

Elizabeth: Each one is like your children making it hard to choose. I think the one that I am working on at the moment is always my favorite. Katrina of course is close to my heart because it is the first one and she rocks!

JET: Any advice for the novices out there?

Elizabeth: Find your niche and don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice and don’t take no, or you can’t, for an answer.

JET: : All right - now that I’ve hammered you with the big questions, let’s tackle my favorite (and geeky) quick ten. . . starting with Paper or Plastic?

Elizabeth: Plastic

JET: Steak or Tofu?

Elizabeth: Steak, definitely!

JET: : Beach or Mountains?

Elizabeth: Mountains

JET: : Country or Rock-n-Roll?

Elizabeth: Rock

JET: Classics or Modern?

Elizabeth: Classic

JET: : Silent Film Classics or Cheesy B Rated Horror?

Elizabeth: Cheesy B horror.

JET: Zombies or Demons?

Elizabeth: Demons

JET: Paper or Digital?

Elizabeth: Paper

JET: Salty or Sweet?

Elizabeth: Salty

JET: : Coffee or Tea?

Elizabeth: Coke Zero

JET: Thank you for indulging me. Before we wrap this up, can you tell us what you're working on now? What's next?

Elizabeth: Thanks for asking, Book four Cain the Quest is being edited so I am on to Book Five! Maybe I could come back and talk about that next spring!

I’d love to have you back next spring Elizabeth! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat on my blog. Folks, you can find out more about Elizabeth Loraine and her work on her website:     Her books can be found HERE on Amazon.


Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for the great interview. I would love to answer any questions that anyone may have! Happy Holidays everyone. Fangfully,

Elizabeth Loraine

JETaylor said...

Elizabeth - thank you so much for swinging in on my blog. Good luck with your new release!