I have the great pleasure of welcoming back wonderful Medieval Romance author; Elisabeth Hobbes to Chicks, Rogues and Scandal, Elisabeth is the writer of naughty knights and brooding heroes for Harlequin, Mills and Boon.
Elisabeth’s writing career began when she entered her first novel into Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013 and finished in third place. She was offered a two book contract and hasn’t looked back! Since then she has published six Medieval romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon and doesn’t have any plans to stop.
Elisabeth works as a Primary teacher but she’d rather be writing full time because unlike five year olds, her characters generally do what she tells them. When she isn’t writing, she spends most of her spare time reading and is a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book. She loves historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes.
Elisabeth enjoys skiing, singing, and exploring tourist attractions with her family. Her children are resigned to spending their weekends visiting the past. She loves hot and sour soup and ginger mojitos- but not at the same time!
She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.
Frankie Hi Elisabeth, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Elisabeth Hi, thank you for having me. It’s great to be here.
Frankie Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself and your books?
Elisabeth I’ve been writing seriously since 2013 when I entered Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and finished third. I never expected to get beyond the submission, let alone be offered a two-book contract as a result! I’m a perpetually frazzled mum to two pre-teen Aspies and also a teacher so the fact I manage to write anything constantly amazes me. I’d love to write full time. Maybe one day…
My books are set in the Medieval period which is one I adore. My heroes tend to be the underdog rather than the nobility. The era was brutal and hard and I don’t want to gloss over that so my books are quite grisly in places. Readers should be prepared for a bit of blood and suffering as well as lots of romance, and of course the all-important Happy Ever After. One reader described them as ‘romance in a post Game of Thrones era’ which I loved.
Frankie Wow! Where do you get the time and energy? That is one of the things that I love about your books, it is very real. If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be?
Elisabeth I would love to visit Rome. Probably under the reign of Vespasian when the empire was a little more stable and enjoying a break from the more nutty rulers. Luckily there are plenty of sites still available to go visit and imagine myself back then.
Frankie Do you plan out yours stories, or are you more for going with the flow of the writing?
Elisabeth I always set out to plan them – I generally know how the HEA will happen and a few key scenes – but my characters have a habit of doing their own thing and changing the story. I do wish they would behave!
Elisabeth My new release is called Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight. It’s set shortly after the Norman Conquest of England and is a companion to The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge. That book had a Norman heroine and Saxon hero so I wanted to twist things around in this book. My heroine Aelfhild is from York, which was still very much a Viking city at the time, and my hero Gui is from Brittany.
Gui is asked by his friend Gilbert to go fetch Gilbert’s promised bride, Sigrun, from the priory she has been living in. To gain admission he pretends to be Gilbert. Sigrun is terrified of marriage so her maidservant Aelfhild poses as her. Gui and Aelfhild are instantly attracted to each other but both believe the other one is someone else- and already spoken for.
Frankie Do you have a writing ritual?
Elisabeth I work four days so I have one day for writing. I drop my daughter at school then go to the library where I know I won’t be tempted to go online and waste my day away on social media. Apart from that I try to grab any spare time I can to write or make notes and always have a notebook with me in case inspiration strikes.
Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Elisabeth I’d love my Danby Brothers miniseries to be filmed but I couldn’t choose between the brothers so can I be greedy and say two? I’d love Aidan Turner to play Hal in The Blacksmith’s Wife and Clemence Poesy would play Joanna. I’d pick Santiago Cabrera as Roger in Redeeming the Rogue Knight and Margot Robbie as Lucy.
Frankie Oooohh! Yes, now they would be films I would love to watch! What is it about the Medieval era that catches your attention?
Elisabeth I love the scope for danger and action. The period allows for grittiness and conflict that makes for so much excitement and drama. Characters can be put into dangerous situations that make their eventual victory and HEA even more satisfying. It was when the code of chivalry and idea of courtly love emerged, leading to honourable men willing and able to protect the women they love.
Frankie Your Medieval books are amazing, would you ever consider writing a book set in a different era? And if so which?
Elisabeth Thank you, I’m really pleased you enjoy my stories. I’m actually changing time period for my new book. It’s one of four books in a series set in Scotland that I’m writing with my friends Janice Preston, Lara Temple and Nicole Locke. They’re each set in a different era and mine is set in the early Tudor period. Luckily it is a time I studied at university and isn’t too great a leap from the Middle Ages so I’m partly familiar with it. I have a story I’d love to write set in the 1920s but I’m keeping that to myself until (if) I have time to write it.
Frankie Oh, wow! This new series sounds like it’s going to be great, I hope you do get the chance to write you 1920’s story.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Elisabeth. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun. What is your ideal girly night?
Elisabeth I love a night in with a bottle of wine and a good film, something like A Knight’s Tale or Hairspray. And we’d have to remember the 3 Cs – Crisps, chocolate and Comfy trousers!
Frankie Hahaha! I love it and I am so with you on the three Cs.
Thank you, Elisabeth!
About the Book
Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight
He’s her enemy…
…and she must not fall for him!
When her mistress is taken as an enemy Knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her Lady – she must go in her place! But there’s more to the scarred Knight than she first thought…she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realises she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…
Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight is to be released on 31st May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon