Welcome, Elizabeth Hoyt
by Elizabeth Hoyt
THERE COMES A TIME IN A LADY'S LIFE...
Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. What is a gently bred lady to do?
WHEN SHE MUST DO THE UNTHINKABLE...
The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. Dammit! How hard can it be to find a decent secretary?
AND FIND EMPLOYMENT.
When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in
THE RAVEN PRINCE is set in Georgian
Georgian is so sexy, don’t you think? Come on! Guys in powdered wigs and heels, wearing skirted coats and swords? Everyone was wearing swords! Think of the phallic symbolism. Oh, yeah, and there’s that Age of Enlightenment stuff, and things being invented right and left, and Dr. Johnson, and Hogarth, and
What do you like least about this period? Anything that constrained you or that you had to plot carefully around?
What sparked this book? Was it a character? An historical event? A scene you just couldn’t get out of your head?
Okay, aside from the swords, I liked the idea of an aristocrat who was also a man of learning. Here’s where the Age of Enlightenment comes in. My hero, Edward de Raaf, the Earl of Swartingham, is interested in agricultural innovation and belongs to the Agrarian Club which meets in a disreputable
Did you have to do any major research for his book? Did you stumble across anything really interesting that you didn’t already know?
Well, I did a lot of research into smallpox. Edward’s entire family has died of the disease and he survived with scars. I had to figure out what smallpox scars looked like (kind of like acne scars but wider) and how the disease progressed (you don’t want to know.) Also, I found out about Lady Mary Montagu, who brought a primitive (but effective) form of smallpox innoculation to
Any historical mea culpas to fess up? (things you found out were wrong when it was too late to change the book or things that you used knowing they were wrong or anachronistic)
You want me to confess to getting my research wrong?! *sigh* Okay, there’s this small, really tiny, little thing that isn’t altogether . . . correct. I’ll give you two hints: macaroni and the fact that The Raven Prince is set in spring of 1760. Post to this blog with the reason why those two facts in conjunction might be a problem for someone who’s a real historical stickler. I’ll draw a name from among the right answers and send that person an autographed copy of The Raven Prince. Jeez.
What/Who do you like to read?
The usual rollcall of great historical romance authors—Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, etc. Right now, though, I’m reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Clarke’s use of Regency language is just spectacular. I’m hoping to finish the book by Christmas. Maybe.
How did your writing carreer take off? Was it a Zero-to-Published kind of thing? Or did you have ten finished books under the bed before you sold?
It was kind of in-between those extremes. I had four books under the bed, so it wasn’t zero-to-published. On the other hand, considering that everyone was telling me that the historical was dead (DEAD, I tell you!) I sold in a respectable amount of time. So neener neener to the historical-is-dead people.
Care to share a bit about your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you write multiple drafts or clean up as you go?
The Raven Prince was my very first book. I wrote it without plotting and was anxious the entire time. Plotting is my writing security blanket. I do pretty thorough character sketches, backstories, and scene by scene outlines now. Having said that, though, I always find that the characters are their own people once I start writing and sometimes they just don’t want to go down the path I’ve set for them. I write a complete first draft and then clean it up . . . and clean it up . . . and clean it up.
What are you planning to work on next?
Ooo! I’m writing the first book in a four book trilogy. I think that’s a quadrilogy. Or maybe a trilogy plus one. In any case it’s about these four guys who are veterans of the French and Indian war in the colonies. Their entire regiment was destroyed in a bloody massacre and in the first book, the hero finds out that the regiment was BETRAYED! Think Daniel Day Lewis in LAST OF THE MOHICANS (wearing those sexy buckskin breeches and armed with a really long rifle) traveling to Georgian England to find the man who betrayed him. That’s what I’m thinking about anyway.