I AM PROUD TO HOST....ELISABETH NAUGHTON- the fabulous author of the ETERNAL GUARDIANS SERIES, which is on my definitely recommended list and must-buy-or-you-will-die list. *ahem* Let's just say this now, back off ladies DEMETRIUS IS MINE! No matter how much you fall in love with him- I claimed him and mated him first!
And without further ado, here is Elisabeth Naughton! READ ON TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE AMAZING AND REALLY KIND GIVEAWAY AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET IT!
P.S: In no way did I coerce anyone to give up anything and it definitely did not involve me sneaking into someone's house late at night with an IPod, a notepad and a bag full of books...oh and a blowtorch. Nope, not at all. I deny all charges of scaring a person half-to-death and stalking charges. Hehehe...
- Why do you love being a writer?
The biggest reason I love writing is because it gets all those crazy voices I live with on a daily basis out of my head. Seriously…they’re distracting! It’s like having multiple personalities.
- If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have to have?
Do I have internet? And a power source? I need those! Okay, I’d have my Nook (need internet to download new books and a power source to recharge said nook), A TV/DVD and Lord of the Rings. No…wait. Gladiator. No…WAIT! Game of Thrones (ALL the episodes…even the ones that aren’t out yet.)
- Your paranormal series, Eternal Guardians, involves Greek Myths (and of course some really yummy Greek men) but in a really cool, fresh and original way, why did you pick this? And have you always been interested?
I knew I wanted to write something Greek Mythology based for a long time. I just didn’t know what. (Yes, I’ve been a Greek myth fan for a loooong time.) When I had the idea for MARKED though, I didn’t know it was going to turn into the Eternal Guardians. All I knew at the beginning was that there was a warrior sent to find a human woman to complete a prophecy, but that by completing the prophecy, she was destined to die. Then one day I was reading a book blog and the author asked what paranormal entities readers would like to see more of, and someone answered with “The Greek Heroes” And voila…the idea for the Guardians hit. So I blended the two ideas together.
- I find the way you portray some characters, who we already know really well, amazing! Like Hades and Persephone (completely sick and twisted, but in a really weird captivating way), were you a bit scared approaching such well-known characters and even using the premise of Greek myths that are known so well?
The cool think about writing a Greek mythology based series is that the Greek myths are just that…MYTHS. They’re not real, and for every story about a particular character, you can find another version that portrays them in a different way. I have a lot of fun twisting the ancient myths so they fit my stories, and in doing so, I enjoy twisting well known characters as well. And I have to say…Hades is one of my favorites. He’s so naughty, out for his own gain, but there’s just something about him you can’t help but love. Personally, I think it’s that he says all the things the rest of us are thinking.
- Enraptured is the latest book in the series and involves Orpheus, a character we have seen before. I absolutely loved this book and all of its steamy scenes, how hard was it to write?
The hardest thing about Orpheus’s book was not making him too serious at the beginning of the story. My editor and I sort of went back and forth on this. He changed a lot in TEMPTED when Gryphon’s soul was sent to the Underworld. Even though he’s a perpetual smartass, he lost some of his smugness when he went looking for Gryphon at the end of TEMPTED. I needed to keep him dedicated to his goal, but also bring out the qualities readers loved about him in the other book—namely his sarcasm and quick-wittedness. In earlier versions my editor thought he was too serious, so I made a lot of changes to lighten him up in the beginning of ENRAPTURED. But you probably noticed, as the book goes along, and the closer they get to the Underworld, how his mood changes and gets darker. There was no way he could be the smartass Orpheus everyone knew when he was in the Underworld. It just wouldn’t have worked.
- Who is your favourite hero and why? (Mine has always been Demetrius- can you say bad boy or what?)
That’s like asking me which kid is my favorite! I love them all equally, but in different way. (Is that a cop-out or what?!). I will admit to having a soft spot for the wounded hero, so Zander, Demetrius and Gryphon really touch me in a way some of the others don’t. Theron is special because he was first and I’ve spent the most time with him. And Orpheus…well, I tend to be a smartass in real life, so he and I are probably more alike than any of the others. But if there’s one that calls to me strongest, it would have to be Nick…whose book is yet to come. I can’t wait to write Nick’s story. And I promise it’ll be a good one.
- Who is your favourite heroine and why?
Hm…again, they’re all special to me, but I really liked Skyla because she was so tough and vulnerable at the same time. And Isadora’s transformation from MARKED to ENRAPTURED always amazes me. When I wrote the first book I had no idea what would happen with her, but I’m proud of what she’s turned into. (And yes, her soul is still promised to Hades—that hasn’t been resolved yet—and a resolution to that—good or bad—won’t happen until Nick’s book. I’m not done with Demetrius and Isadora and Nick.)
- Can you tell us a bit about what is coming next in the series?
Next up is ENSLAVED—book five in the series. This book picks up right where ENRAPTURED Left off, and it’s Gryphon and Maelea’s book. Readers met Maelea in ENRAPTURED. She’s the daughter of Zeus and Persephone, and Hades has cursed her to live between worlds. She’s old—like three thousand years old—but she’s not immortal. She’s simply ageless. And she can be killed. And because she has no afterlife, she lives in fear of being found by Hades and wiped away as if she never existed. Gryphon, as readers remember, is haunted by his time in the Underworld, and when ENSLAVED opens, things are not going well for him. In fact, he gets himself into quite a bit of trouble with the Guardians and Nick. Trouble that has him fleeing the colony and taking Maelea as his hostage to get away.
- And finally, if you could live in any book world whose book would you want to live in?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so I’d LOVE to live in Rivendale. However, all the orcs? No, I think I could skip that part. I would like to visit Argolea though. After Isadora fixes all the social issues first…
Thanks so much for having me on the blog! I’m giving away a copy of one of the Eternal Guardians books to one lucky commenter (winner’s choice - either Marked, Entwined, Tempted or Enraptured). To be entered, ask me anything about the Eternal Guardians and I’ll try to answer!
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