Monday, August 9, 2010

Author Interview & Contest with Elizabeth Hoyt!

About the Author: Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. 

About the Book:  Wicked Intentions: Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

Lazarus makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control--one that may well destroy them both.

Welcome to Rex Robot Reviews! Tell us a about Wicked Intentions?
Wicked Intentions is set in the early 1700s and is about Lord Caire, a man infamous for his sensual needs, who is searching for a killer in St. Giles. Temperance Dews is a widow running a foundling home in St. Giles. Caire makes Temperance a bargain: if she’ll help him search St. Giles, he’ll introduce her to high society and help her find a patron for her home. But what neither anticipates is the dangerous attraction between them!

Elizabeth, which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?

I always enjoy writing my heroes because they have so many layers to uncover. Lord Caire is an aristocrat—cynical, proud, and very, very sure of himself—but he’s living apart from other people. So apart, in fact, that he cannot stand the touch of another human being. Finding out what caused Caire to be this way and how he will deal with it is interesting to me.

Did any of your characters cause particular challenges for you?

My heroine, Temperance Dews, is very reserved, yet underneath she hides great passion and emotion. It’s always a challenge to write a reserved character—staying true to her personality while still revealing her thoughts and motives.

What inspired your novel, Wicked Intentions?

I’m interested in the dichotomy between the very rich and the very poor in London during the Georgian period—the time in which Wicked Intentions. The very poor of London lived in slums and subsisted on bread and gin, which was plentiful and very addictive. The rich of course lived in gilt palaces and the embroidery on a single piece of clothing might be worth more than a man could make in his lifetime. They were simply worlds apart.

Would you rather see your books on the TV screen or the big screen? Why?

A mini series on TV would be fun! 

How would you say that your interests influence your writing?

Well, I have three dogs and dogs often appear in my books.

What do you do when you aren't writing?

I garden…and walk dogs.

Where is your favorite spot to read/write?

I often go to coffee shops to write.

If you can take the books of only one author with you to a desert
island, which author would you choose? Why?
I often re-read Linda Howard so probably her books.

So, what comes after Wicked Intentions?
Notorious Pleasures, my next book, will be out in February 2011.

Where can your readers find you?

Find Elizabeth:

Contest Time!
3 Copy of Wicked Intentions
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