Elizabeth: I am happy to say that Love’s Spirit took 1/60 of the amount of time that Love’s Destiny took! I wrote the first draft of Love’s Destiny 30 years ago, and I finished Love’s Spirit in 6 months. My math might not be correct – I’m an English major. LOL
Though Love’s Spirit is the sequel to Love’s Destiny, I’ve been told that it works as a stand-alone, too. Set in colonial Virginia as the American Revolution is beginning, it continues the story of Jonathon and Emily Brentwood. As the story opens, Jonathon, severely injured from wounds he received as a prisoner of the British, is in hiding. Emily, for a while believing he had been killed, is thrilled to finally unite with him. But he is at risk at being recaptured by the British, so they are separated once again. Deidre Manning, Jonathon’s life-long friend and former lover, discovers Jonathon’s whereabouts and sets out to claim him at last with a plan that is the severest test of the love of Jonathon and Emily. Danger doesn’t lurk just for Jonathon; Emily’s life and the life of their unborn child hang in the balance, too.
Galen: What was the inspiration for Love’s Spirit?
Elizabeth: My readers. I never intended to write a sequel to Love’s Destiny, but readers kept asking me what happened next, so I figured the story wasn’t finished. I listened for Emily and Jonathon, and they began to whisper in my ear. Voila—a sequel!
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Elizabeth: In one of the love scenes, Jonathon has spoken beautifully of his love for Emily and she replies, “You make love to me with your words, Jonathon. I burn with desire at their sound and stir inside for your touch.” For some reason that resonated with me even as I wrote it.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Elizabeth: My friend’s dare. I wasn’t a romance reader, and she kept urging me to read Kathleen Woodiwiss, but I refused. Finally, I read The Flame and the Flower, and loved it. But I didn’t want my friend to win, so when I returned her book, I casually said, “It was good, but I could do that.” She replied, “Then do it!” so I did.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Elizabeth: I am definitely a pantzer. My Muse beckons and then my characters tell me what to write. But right now I’m working on a mystery so I am being forced out of my comfort zone and becoming a plotter.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Elizabeth: I used the principles of Feng Shui to organize and decorate our den and transform it into my writing space. Of course, clearing clutter is the first step in Feng Shui so I need to do a little clean-up right now. But it truly is a writer’s haven for me.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Elizabeth: Best part – I love what I’m doing. Worst part – I love what I’m doing so much that I ignore other things I should be doing!
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Elizabeth: One mentor told me to put my writing away for a while and then look at it with fresh eyes. That has helped me tremendously because I often see the “holes” that need additional detail in a scene, or I catch a place that needs a segue. It really helps me revise more effectively.
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