Elizabeth Means Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Elizabeth Means. Thanks for taking time to talk with me today Elizabeth.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'd be happy to, thanks for having me today. I'm a Missouri girl, born and raised. I live in the St. Louis area with my wonderful husband. By day I work for publishing company and I really enjoy my job. (We don't publish mass-market fiction though - unfortunately!). I usually write on the weekends, sometimes I'm able to find time to write in the evenings during the workweek but usually by the time five o'clock rolls around I'm tired of looking at a computer screen and often my calendar gets filled up during those times making it next to impossible to get any real writing done. So my writing gets pushed off until Saturday.

I'm a nature buff. My undergraduate degree is in biology. I've never met a plant or animal I didn't like, although I do keep a wider distance from some more than others. I love to bake, hate to clean up. I'm a Taurus who doesn't believe in astrological signs or horoscopes but will grudgingly admit I am fairly stubborn.

Could you tell readers a little bit about your new release Dangerous Charade?
Dangerous Charade is a romantic suspense set in 1880's England. To escape an arranged marriage Gabrielle Broussard accepts a position as an undercover investigator. She's smart, tenacious and a great shot with a pistol but unfortunately…she manages to falls in love with her number one murder suspect on her very first assignment. This places her in grave danger, not to mention it is strictly against the investigative agencies policy!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Honestly, just finding the time to do it. I have so many stories floating around in my brain I'd like to write, but time is definitely the limiting factor.

What is your favorite type of genre to write?
Mystery/suspense with a strong element of romance woven in.

How important is research in your writing?
It's very important, and sometimes can be quite time-consuming. This is especially true with an historical piece. Making sure the clothing is appropriate, the music, the popular activities and expressions are correct is a must.

If you could meet one of your characters, who would it be?
The Colonel. I'd love to see his weapons room filled with fashionable single-shot parasols.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It's actually more "unfortunate" than it is "interesting" (according to my waistline) but many times chocolate is my muse! I can't write a single intelligent word until I've had some.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I wrote my first screenplay in 2005. It ended up being a finalist in a screenplay competition.

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Warning: May contain traces of nut.

What's the most interesting obscure fact you know?
Most lipstick contains fish scales!

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
Another suspense novel filled with romance and intrigue.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I can't think of anything, thanks so much for inviting me here today!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Elizabeth!

Interviewed by: Tammy