AUSSIE MONTH with Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Describe yourself in one word:
Talkative (as in can’t shut up…)
What is your background with regard to writing?
I’ve always loved writing. I was awarded a newspaper cadetship straight out of school and fell in love with writing features – getting ‘the story behind the story’. I moved into marketing communications and had several half-hearted attempts to write a novel, but it took me until 2012 before I actually did!
Tell us about Warrior’s Surrender:
Warrior’s Surrender is a medieval romance set in the North of England in 1077 – a decade or so after the Norman Conquest of England. I wanted to explore the themes of love and loss and really bring the period to life with vividly drawn characters that people could relate to.
What inspired Warrior’s Surrender?
When researching my late-Georgian set first novel, I discovered that a lot of what we used to understand of the medieval period was bogus – it was history with an agenda from those in the Enlightenment movement with a socio-political axe to grind. So as I started reading and researching for myself, I fell in love with the period in history.
What are you reading right now?
I’m re-reading Claudius The God by Robert Graves
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Visiting places I’ve only ever written about.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Living in the best country in the world, blessed with natural beauty, a fair-go ethos and far from the world’s strife.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Fall in love with romance – it’s full of adventure, passion, drama and a happily ever after.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
For 2015 there will be a sequel to Moonstone Obsession called Moonstone Conspiracy, the secondary character that everyone seems to love, Lady Abigail Houghall will be getting her own happily ever after but not before a few dramas.
In February another Moonstone Obsession secondary character, Toby Jackson, the solid and faithful friend of our hero will be featured in a short story as part of a Valentine’s Day anthology.
I’m committing myself to writing and publishing two short stories, a modern rom-com called Miss Midnight, and a supernatural romance of a sort called The Crossing.
And finally I’ll be writing my fourth full-length novel this year, a romance set in 3rd Century AD Rome tentatively called Dark Heart.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
My biggest achievements were seeing Warrior’s Surrender published and hit the Top 100 Best Sellers on Amazon in the Medieval Romance category, meeting and becoming great friends with Eva Scott, Susanne Bellamy and Noelle Clark and writing and self-publishing the short story anthology, A Season To Remember.
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
A shared secret from their past could destroy their future…
Northumbria, 1077. In the years following William the Conqueror’s harrying of the North, Lady Alfreya of Tyrswick returns to her family home after seven years in exile. But instead of returning victorious as her dead father had promised, she returns defeated by Baron Sebastian de la Croix, the Norman who rules her lands.
To save her gravely ill brother’s life, Alfreya offers herself hostage to her enemy. As Alfreya gets to know her new husband, she finds he’s not the monster she feared, and their marriage of convenience soon becomes a bond of passion. But Sebastian is a man with a secret—one that could destroy him.
As a series of brutal murders haunt their nights, the man who betrayed Alfreya’s father returns claiming to be her betrothed. He has learned Sebastian’s secret and will use it to further his own ambition—using Sebastian’s own family—which will destroy Sebastian and mark him a traitor, and plunge an unprepared England into war with the Scots…