Many times I’m asked about the kind of research, if any, I do in order to write my books. Depending on the story, sometimes it’s nothing and sometimes it’s as simple as checking a map for a location. Since I prefer inventing my own locations, I like to make sure there isn’t really a town named for the ones in my books. I also did some brief research about the myths of the succubus and fae for my last fantasy. The thing I like about fantasy and paranormal writing is the world building. You make the rules, and you can break them. I had to stick to some reality in my most recent book, Across A Crowded Room, This romantic suspense takes place in Washington DC, Boston, and Monte Carlo among other certain locales, and I did have to gather some more detailed information to make the story believable. Other than Google Earth, one of the best research aids I discovered is the CIA website. Google Earth gave me a bird’s eye view of the area I was writing about, and the CIA site gave me the detailed facts.
I think reader’s appreciate accuracy, but I also believe there’s a level of suspending belief once you enter the world of fiction. An author still needs to make the unbelievable believable. Once a reader is immersed in our world, we like to keep her there, enthralled, until the very end of the story. What do you think about fantasy in fiction?
Ever since I could read, the written word has captivated me. I’ve worked in libraries, written for newspapers, done copy edits, magazine copy and screenplays, but the one thing that always intrigues me is choosing just the right word to express myself.
I write romantic suspense under the name ELIZABETH MARCHAT and erotic romance as ELIZA MARCH. Across A Crowded Room is my first book under the Elizabeth Marchat pseudonym, but not the last. The second romantic suspense the readers are asking for should be done before the first of the year and out shortly afterwards. To prevent boredom from setting in, I keep my hands in several pots at the same time. Perhaps the characters in my head satisfy my needs to be and do all the things I don’t have time for, or wouldn’t dare to do. Or would I?
Eliza’s been busy with recent releases of The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic, a sequel to the first book in The Enchanted Mountain series, The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf and now her contemporary erotic romance, More Than A Stud which should be available next month. All my books are available at the publishers’ buy sites and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, some in both ebook and print format. I love hearing from both readers and other authors so stay in touch.