Today I have the huge pleasure of having new and up and coming author Elizabeth Quincey, to Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s. So take a seat and lets get to know a bit about Elizabeth.
All the women in Elizabeth’s family were avid readers of Historical Romances which meant that she was surrounded by the genre from a young age and began enjoying them at just 10 years old. This has given her a lifelong love of these stories.
She started writing many years ago but only decided to publish after she retired from a long and successful career as a business woman. She is a graduate of the University of Exeter and lives with her family in Surrey, England. When Elizabeth is not writing she is tending her rose garden with her husband.
Frankie Reviews : 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 : Creative, ambitious, fun-loving, focused and extroverted.
Frankie Reviews : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be?
Elizabeth : I would love to have lived in Brussels in 1815 during the build up and aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. I would have adored to have been at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball the night before the battle and would have been fascinated to have followed the Duke of Wellington around the battlefield. It’s just such a fascinating time in history.
Frankie Reviews : That is so fascinating, Who was your childhood hero?
Elizabeth : I know this is painfully obvious but it would have to be Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. The hero in my own novel, William Fitzalan, is modelled on him because he is a man who takes responsibility effortlessly. He is high-handed and pompous but is also highly intelligent and with a strong sense of duty. I find these to be irresistible characteristics and therefore I feel that Mr. Darcy was my childhood hero because he inspired me to write and create characters.
Frankie Reviews : What is your favourite time of the year?
Elizabeth : That is a hard one but I’d have to say Spring, It’s my favourite time of year because I love to sit in my conservatory and write whilst watching the flowers emerge from winter, it’s beautiful and I find it helps me creatively. My love of Spring is actually why I focus so heavily on Imbolc in my novel, it is the pagan midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and marks the turning of the season.
Elizabeth : My favourite character has to be Count Nikolaus Andrassy, the opium-addicted Hungarian Hussar, from my novel ‘The Lyndhurst Affair’ because he is such a wild and romantic character. He is brave and flamboyant and exotic which made him immensely enjoyable to write, in fact I love him so much he is the main character in the sequel to my novel which will be titled ‘The Hungarian Affair’
Frankie Reviews : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Elizabeth : It really comes from my childhood. I’ve been reading historical romances from the age of ten and I’ve read hundreds of them. The inspiration has been in my head for many years.
Frankie Reviews : What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Elizabeth : This can be quite a tricky question because I’ve found that everyone has completely different ways of writing and different ways of approaching their craft however there are a few tips I have found to be universally true and helpful.
Firstly, be very organised and carve out at least a couple of hours a day to write.
Secondly, be prepared to go down a few rabbit holes whilst writing, which means you will have to retrace your steps every now and then.
Thirdly, be prepared to rewrite the story about 5 times.
Frankie Reviews : If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Elizabeth : I’d love to have the Duke of Wellington at a dinner party as well as Napoleon, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have both of them around the same table. I’d also have to say George IV, the Prince Regent. I truly believe the dinner conversation at that table would be brilliant.
Frankie Reviews : That sounds like an interesting dinner party! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Elizabeth.
Thank you for having me.
Elizabeth’s debut novel, The Lyndhurst Affair is out now and can be found at Amazon and all other retailers, if you want to learn about Elizabeth then check out the links below.