Today I am super excited to welcome to RFTC author Elisabeth Staab. Elisabeth will be a featured author at the Olde City, New Blood mini-con that is taking place in St. Augustine this coming February and I am super excited to meet her. Elisabeth is the author of the Chronicles of Yavn series and she is here today to answer some questions. Please give Elisabeth a warm welcome.Elisabeth Staab lives in Northern Virginia with her hero and soul mate, Tom. She has been a telemarketer, a web page editor, a software developer, a reader for the blind, a technical trainer, a coffee shop barista, a teacher, a tutor, a homemaker, a government project manager, a graphic designer, and a professional ebayer. Finally, she's landed on being a writer - which is what her high school guidance counselor originally suggested anyway.
Elisabeth believes that all kinds of safe, sane, and consensual love should be celebrated--but she loves the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best.
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Uhm, let’s see… I live in the suburbs outside of Washington DC. I love music, reading, and silly movies.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not professionally. I’ve always written. I wrote poems and short stories in school, and my essay questions in Social Studies always bled into the margins because I felt like I had an awful lot to say. But when my guidance counselor suggested I major in English, I was all, “Ew, no, I don’t want to be a writer!” Talk about clueless.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
A plotster! I am becoming more of a plotter all the time. I was a total panster at first and I managed okay, but I found that writing a multi-arc series that way got very difficult. I still don’t plot with the degree of detail that some authors do—I let a lot of the story unfold organically and sometimes the characters hijack my plans entirely. Having an outline though has become a must for me.
Where do your ideas come from?
I guess it’s a mix of imagination, life experience, and things I see or hear that inspire me. Sometimes, I’m really not sure. I’ve got characters that I craft because I feel like I need a character with certain personality traits to round out my world. Some, they just kind of show up. Today I ran into someone randomly and my conversation with them inspired a new plot thread for what I hope will be a future book.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
King of Darkness and the Chronicles of Yavn is urban fantasy romance that features vamps and wizards in a fight of good against evil.
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I almost always prefer romance, I usually prefer the gritty, dark, action/adventury stuff. Sometimes comedy. Angst is good too, so long as I know it’ll end well. Make me laugh, make me cry. Better, make me laugh until I cry.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Oh god. That’s like asking me if I have a favorite body part or a favorite child!
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Strange, but sometimes it depends on the character I’m writing. I may find a love scene challenging from the point of view of a character who’s not comfortable with intimacy. Getting a dark character to be comedic or tender might be hard but getting him to kill stuff and have hot sex might be easy, lol. Often though, it’s love scenes and fight scenes, largely just because of all the moving parts.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Oh, wow. Picking just three… Jeez. I’ll go with JR Ward, John Grisham, and Christopher Pike.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Always! I just turned in the final proof of book 2 in the series, Prince of Power, and now I am working on Guardian of Daylight, book 3 of the Chronicles of Yavn. That’ll be Lee and Alexia’s book, for anyone who’s familiar with the characters.
ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA…
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.
BUT TIME’S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF VAMPIRES…
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…
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