When I first approached Elizabeth Lennox and asked if she would be willing to answers questions submitted for her she didn’t hesitate to say yes. She said it sounded like fun and was an open book. Her enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude told me she had an adventurous soul just as many of her female characters are written. I also found Ms. Lennox has a wicked sense of humor! I had so much fun getting to know Ms. Lennox through our emails and can truly say she is a wonderful, funny, helpful and very kind person.
Thank you Elizabeth Lennox for taking the time to answers the great questions that were submitted.
These are the questions submitted and Elizabeth’s answers. I hope you enjoy them!
Let me start off by saying I love your books! Especially your sheik books. Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question. I have two. 1. When will your next sheik book be out? 2. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned to date about writing?
- My next sheik book will be part of the Montana Men series. I know – where’s the connection with Montana and tall, dark, arrogant sheiks, right? Well, Droon had to run away from his homeland – his aunts were trying to kill him so that their children could take over the country. Droon ran away and discovered Samantha and Charlie DeBron’s ranch (Samantha and Charlie’s romance will be a free novella coming out in October). Eventually, he must leave Montana and go back to reclaim his throne. His story will be told in the series along with Vince, Joe, Halley and Fleur.
- The most important lesson? Goodness, I don’t know about THE most important lesson. There are so many things I’ve learned and some of the lessons have been hard to take. I think the most important lesson was to avoid reading any reviews until I’ve finished (or at least started) writing another story. I’ve received many good reviews (thank you!) but the negative reviews really get to me. Sometimes they are pretty harsh and I could have become discouraged by some of them. So I tell all new writers to avoid reading reviews until they are at least halfway through their next story. Always keep writing – no matter what people say.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?
The hardest part of writing would definitely be the editing process. Most people don’t realize that writing the story is only about twenty-five percent of the effort. The next several weeks or months will be editing, polishing, re-editing, tweaking your story. You’re never really “done” with a book. There’s always another edit that can be done.
What is the easiest? The beginnings! Goodness, those beginnings are fun to write and just fly out of my fingers. I love writing the beginnings – all the sexual tension, the intense awareness, the instant lust…it is so much fun!!
How do you come up with all of your ideas for stories?
I get asked this question a lot. In fact, it is always the second question people ask me. And the answer is – I don’t know. I always have a story in my mind. It might not be a viable plot. I might start it and realize it is stupid or unworkable. But yes, I always have a story ready to go. I can sit in a coffee shop, stare at the other customers and come up with a story about them. Driving down the street? Music on? Story pops into my mind. Love it!!
Have you ever written a story that we haven’t read? Are there any that you have written that you don’t like?
Goodness yes!! LOL – I have dozens, maybe even hundreds of stories that didn’t work out. Or stories that I started and abandoned because a better idea came along and I just forgot about the previous one. It is crazy – but yeah. Lots and lots of stories.
And then there are the stories which I know are horrible. The Montana Men was going to be a six book series – six siblings, six stories (plus the parents). But Rico’s story just didn’t flow properly. I’ve started writing his story about seven times, one of which is about thirty thousand words. It isn’t good enough. I will come back to it in a few months or years and work on it again – because I like the premise for the story – I just couldn’t make it work correctly.
My sister is an English professor and she said that’s one of the hardest lessons a writer has to learn – just let go of something that isn’t working. Sometimes that means deleting thousands of words. Yes, that is heartbreaking, but it has to happen.
I won’t release a story that isn’t good. If I don’t like it, you ladies won’t see it.
Have you ever written any other genre besides Contemporary Romance? If not, would you want to? What genre would it be?
I have written some erotica and I have plans to write a romantic series with magical elements to it. I don’t know when that will work itself out in my brain, but yes. More is coming. I also have some ideas about a series for young adults, telling the stories of pre-teens or teenagers, dealing with some of the issues they are facing. Again, I don’t know how that will work itself out, but that is another possibility.
I’d also like to challenge myself to write romantic mysteries but contemporary romance is still my favorite.
Do you have a favorite time of the year to write? If so, why?
Interesting question – I’ve never thought about that. But now that you’ve brought it up, the fall. If you have ever been to Washington, D.C. in the summer, you know that the heat and humidity here is oppressive! It bogs one down like a thick, wet blanket (filled with mosquitoes!). So summers are hard for me – I struggle to write, to meet my deadlines.
But when September rolls around this area, the humidity lessons, the heat seems to cool down and the world is a different place. I seem to com back to life in the fall. My mind is freed up, my body feels better and the stories just fly through my mind. I can sit outside (as long as the spiders stay away) and enjoy the sunshine while I write and life is good!
I love the way you always create your heroines with a strong sense of self. Even if they have…issues. What is your motivation behind this? IF there is one
LOL – I think that we all have “…issues”. I definitely do! Just ask my husband or family!
But all the women in my stories – and the men – have issues that they need to resolve in order to make way for love. The women are all strong, all have good careers and challenge the world. Or at least, that’s my intent. Why? Because women are strong. Women all have issues, but we step up and get done what needs to get done. Period. We don’t mess around, we don’t wait for someone else to fix our problems. We just…get it done – whatever “it” is.
My books reflect the power that all of us have inside of us. Yeah, we might not like the issues we have to deal with. And there are many times my characters just want to grab a bag of chips and sit on the couch to avoid the world. Don’t we all?
But in the end, they face up to their issues and get them resolved. So do you, right?
I can’t wait for your Bold Alaskan Men Series. Have you ever been to Alaska? Is this what motivated this series?
Yes! I went to Alaska twice – in 2015 and 2014. I loved that state! It was incredible! So the whole series is based off of both those visits. The oceans, the whales, the crazy things that Alaskans do – like bore tide surfing, skiing down impossible mountain sides, living in a world that goes dark for all but a couple of hours during the winter…! (Apparently, it is harder to get used to the endless light in the summer months – who knew?!)
Loved Alaska! And in addition – my family and I flew into Seattle in order to get to Alaska – so there’s a series based in that city as well! Oh – I love the northwest area! So completely different from Washington, D.C.! And cooler! (except when I’m there – I tend to bring heat wherever I go!)
What books are YOU reading right now?
I just finished Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (and got a great idea for a plot out of that book!) and Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” – there will be a funny story about this one in a book too! Over 4th of July weekend, I read Janet Evanovich’s “The Job” (great series, by the way) and I was honored to read (ahead of the release) Liz Scott’s “You Promised Me Forever” – awesome story!
Which writers inspire you? How?
This is going to sound crazy, but good and bad writers inspire me.
When I write a good story, I want to do it better. I want to twist the plot around so it is more interesting or write better dialogue, better emotional connections. I love good stories from fabulous authors because they challenge me, inspire me to write better, to set my standards higher.
But I also love bad stories because the writer might have an awesome plot, but she or he might completely fail to live up to the idea. I want to do the idea better, to make the plot more complicated or more emotionally compelling. I want to make the characters more real.
So good or bad, I’ll use that to emphasize my strengths or challenge my weaknesses. I love a writer with good words or with a twist that really grabs me.
And readers – believe it or not – readers inspire me! When I read the reviews from you ladies, that creates a lot of pressure to do it again, to write better, to replicate a good story. I never take my readers for granted. I know how easy it is for romance readers to find a new favorite. I currently have 4.5 star ratings on almost all of my books and that’s a huge amount of pressure to maintain! I won’t release any book I don’t think is good enough because I don’t want to lose that average rating. It is incredibly important to me that my readers like the stories I put out there.
Who does your sexy covers!
I do! I search around for photos on the various photography sites until I find just the right picture. Sometimes I’m sitting on my bed with my husband reading next to me, flipping through all of the buff guys and my husband just grunts occasionally. He’s a sweet guy – and endures all of it!
Thank you all for taking part in this blog spot with Elizabeth Lennox. Remember, her newest book of charming alphas and amazing women has just released today. The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, book 1 in the Bold Alaskan Men Series.
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