Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Historical Romance author Elizabeth Keysian to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. So take a seat a lets get to know a little about Elizabeth…
Elizabeth first started writing fiction when she was eight, encouraged to do so by her Head Teacher father, who needed something to keep her quiet during school holidays. Her favorite topics were mermaids, ghosts, Norman knights and quests, and she illustrated and decorated her own books. She emerged from the world of her imagination to read History at the University of London, after which she spent many years working as an archaeologist and artifact illustrator. She then became a primary school teacher, after which she moved to museum education work, and display and collections management.
Elizabeth has been involved in Medieval, Tudor, and English Civil War re-enactment and has enjoyed sword-play and traditional archery, excelling in neither. She lived for seven years on a Knights Templar estate in Essex where she pursued her interest in historical textiles, cookery and medicine. She loves anything to do with the past, and still looks down holes in the ground to see if there’s anything archaeological in them. There generally isn’t
She has written sixteen historical romances and a novella since moving to the West of England in 1997, the landscape and history of which have inspired the “Wayward in Wessex” and “Wanton in Wessex” series, published by Entangled Publishing.
Frankie Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Elizabeth Angst-ridden (can I count that as one word?). Entertaining. Introverted. Nerdy. Eccentric.
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Elizabeth Oh my goodness! Given the choice, I’d head right back to Ancient Macedonia during the time of Alexander the Great. As a teen, I read Mary Renault’s book “Fire from Heaven” and fell in love with Alexander, or at least, the view of him she presented in her story. She’s just amazing at conjuring up the sights, smells and atmosphere of those distant times. I so want to experience the art, culture, and daily life of these classical civilizations. L.P. Hartley once wrote, “The past is a foreign country…”. So it is, and I’d love to be able to travel there.
Elizabeth This is a book which wooed the crowds when originally published on the free reading site, Wattpad. It got to #1 in the Historical Fiction category, to my great astonishment. It’s called VANQUISHING THE VISCOUNT now, and will be Book #3 in the Wayward in Wessex series. The hero is based on someone on whom I had an incredible crush when I was younger, and I feel this makes him much more real and relatable, whilst at the same time being distant and untouchable because of his elevated social standing.
The heroine is a governess. Think “Jane Eyre” meets “Pride and Prejudice” and you’ll get the picture.
Frankie That sounds wonderful, who was your childhood hero?
Elizabeth I think it may have been Captain Scarlet. I was about six at the time. Is it okay to have a fictional hero? I was always intrigued by the fact he was “indestructible”. You’d see him get covered in rubble and sit there with your heart in your mouth, hoping he hadn’t finally met his end. Then the rocks would start to move and he’d emerge, brush off the dust, and head off after the villains again. What a guy!
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?
Elizabeth A PERILOUS PASSION would make a great film, because there’s dramatic scenery, suspense, and plenty of action, as well as romance. Aidan Turner would make the perfect Earl of Beckport, spy-catcher, and the helpful heroine—disgraced smuggler’s daughter Charlotte Allston—would be played by a young Keira Knightley.
Frankie That would be so good, it’s a great book! I’d definitely watch it 😊 Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Elizabeth That would be my alluring gipsy healer, Ephraim Campion, in A POTION FOR PASSION, which comes out later this year with Entangled Publishing. He’s brave, he’s sexy, he has an intriguing past, and makes an incredible sacrifice to be with the woman he loves. He’s also interested in the same sorts of things as me—the Regency underworld, herbal medicine, natural dyes and folklore. And he can hold his own in a fight, which comes in handy at the climax of the book!
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Elizabeth I have spent an awfully long time working in the heritage industry, so I’ve got loads of ideas from there. I try to write books which include quirky and original situations, starting with just the germ of an idea based on something I’ve seen or experienced. For example, I’ve started creating a story based around an item in a museum collection, a half-finished satin pelisse (Regency lady’s coat). Why was it never finished? Where’s the rest of it? Who made it, and what was her story?
Frankie How fascinating! What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Tip One. Never, ever give up.
Tip Two. Don’t expect financial rewards.
Tip Three. Make friends with other authors. You’re going to find you need their support and words of wisdom. I know I did. And still do!
Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Elizabeth Can I just invite Gerard Butler, Aidan Turner and Richard Armitage, and make them eat with their shirts off while I just sit and drool? Oh heck, I’m so shallow, I’m ashamed of myself.
Frankie Ha,ha,ha!! Yes, Love it! Now that is a dinner party I would definitely gate crash 😉 Thank you Elizabeth, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Elizabeth I was thinking about Black Forest gateau earlier today. Alas, I couldn’t eat it now, as I have a sensitivity to dairy products, and probably chocolate as well. Maybe one day I’ll try to make one for myself, using non-naughty ingredients. Now there’s a plan!
Frankie Oh, Yummmmy! Thank you.
Elizabeth Thanks, Frankie. That was a great bunch of questions, and I’ve loved chatting with you here today!
Elizabeth’s up and coming release; Vanquashing the Viscount is out this month, for more information make sure you follow Elizabeth on Twitter so not to miss out on any news.
Emma Hibbert will never trust a good-looking man again-they have nothing to offer but heartbreak and humiliation. So when she rescues a sinfully handsome stranger from an accident, it’s all-out war against the passions he ignites. She can’t afford distractions-she has to hide her past and protect her family. But the stranger Emma saved is Viscount Tidworth, and she soon realises she should have left the stricken aristocrat on the muddy road where she found him. He’s a friend of her new employer, and has the power to ruin everything.
Tidworth blames Emma for wrecking his betrothal plans, and threatens to expose her deception. But when she risks her reputation for him, he vows to make amends to Emma and her family. The mistrustful beauty sees his gratitude as meddling, until a moonlight kiss exposes the viscount’s true feelings.
Then a notice appears in the paper, claiming Emma’s engaged to Charles Keane, Tidworth’s best friend…