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What do these stars have in common?
They are the chosen - EE Carter's choice to play the starring roles in her new release: Warrior's Surrender!
Starring: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Elizabeth writes wonderful stories set in both near and distant times. With an eye for detail she has been posting fascinating blogs about life in the period of her newest book, Warrior’s Surrender.
Welcome and thanks for treading the boards with us today! Thank you so much for having me. I’m honoured to be a guest.
1. Are you inspired most by places, people or experiences and how do these work their way into your writing? I’m a big people watcher. I love talking to people. It’s true, everyone has a story!
2. Please share one of your favourite moments of inspiration with us. One bit of inspiration that made its way into Warrior’s Surrender was a bit scary. Last year my husband Duncan had a stroke (now nearly fully recovered), for the first time I was confronted by the fact that he might have died and in turn how that fear grips us and shapes how we see the world around us. There are a couple of scenes in Warrior’s Surrender where I explore that.
3. How did you come up with the idea of Warrior’s Surrender? Quite early on it is obvious that the Warrior who is surrendering is actually the heroine, Lady Alfreya of Tyrswick. She has had to fight constantly for many years. Can she surrender to love and to trust?
4. How do you come up with your characters’ names? Names have meanings so I chose these ones carefully, Alfreya was named for her father Alfred, Sebastian because of its French origins – a Bastion, a fortress, one who gives strength, Drefan, which is a Saxon name appropriately meaning ‘Trouble’ – very, very appropriate for him
5. Who would you cast for a movie/TV series as your main characters if given the chance? Ohhh, I love this question, I’m going to do a blog post on this. My dream cast is:
Hero Sebastian de la Croix: Ian Somerhalder
Heroine Alfreya of Tyrswick: Julianne Hough
Villain Lord Drefan: Simon Baker
Heroine’s Man-at-Arms Larcwide: Kevin Sorbo
Heroine’s maid/companion: Margot Robbie
6. If you could pick a soundtrack to match your main character’s life, what would it be? Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar.
7. What is your favourite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time? I can’t pick one! But I’m currently re-reading I, Claudius and Claudius The God by Robert Graves. I read it 20 years ago and I’m so enjoying re-reading it now.
8. If there is one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing a book in that specific genre, what would it be? I have an idea for a techno-supernatural-thriller series that I would like to write that explores the battle of good versus evil in which our hero, a former FBI agent is haunted by the fact that can ‘see’ evil. Helping him keep grounded, but gradually drawn into his world is his new wife, a lawyer, who is driven to forge her own identity away from her powerful Senator father.
9. How many blurbs did you have to write before the final one? Okay, now don’t hate me, but I have a wonderful husband who offers to write synopses and blurbs. We brainstormed Warrior’s Surrender and it didn’t take long to do at all.
10. What are you working on now? Toby Jackson, Sir James Mitchell’s friend in Moonstone Obsession is to get his own happily ever after in Moonstone Promise, a short story I’m writing for an Etopia Press Valentine’s Day anthology. I’m hoping in the first half of 2015 Moonstone Conspiracy, the sequel to Moonstone Obsession, and featuring my favourite villain, Lady Abigail Houghall will be released. Then there is the release of the Christmas anthology on the 28th of November called A Season To Remember. December I’m hoping to take a break for writing and get stuck into research and plotting for a full length historical romance set in 3rd Century AD Rome, tentatively titled Dark Heart. So, in answer to your question... not much at all. ;)
11. Would you like to share an excerpt from your writing or a photo or music link that inspires you? I would love to share an excerpt from Warrior’s Surrender!
The final display of the afternoon was an archery competition, and here too Frey discovered the competitors equally skilled. Like the others watching, she was nearly hoarse from cheering when Sebastian raised his hand just before the last event of the day.
Rhys, still on horseback, joined him, and the two men conferred in the middle of the field.
As the conference continued for a minute, the crowd became impatient and started stamping their feet just as the two knights appeared to come to an agreement.
All eyes were on Sebastian as he rode over to the crier and spoke to him.
Then the knight lifted his head in the direction of the tourney tent. Even from this distance, Frey felt certain Sebastian looked directly at her, and she could not make her eyes leave his. So consumed, she missed the crier’s announcement and the reaction of the crowd until nudged by Rosalind.
“Are you really?”
“Am I really what?” Frey asked distractedly, her eyes still on Sebastian as he approached the stand.
Rosalind laughed. “Weren’t you paying attention? The crier has just said you would be representing Tyrswick against Rhys’s champion squire.”
“I’m going to be doing what?” she responded, turning to Rosalind. “Where did you get the ridiculous notion that I—”
“Unless you believe you are too out of practice, princess….”
Frey looked up. Sebastian sat there on his horse, a smile playing around his sensual mouth and merriment dancing in his green eyes. She couldn’t speak.
“Perhaps that day with the wolves was a lucky amateur shot.”
“Lucky? You think luck saved your life, Baron?” Frey demanded, standing up from her seat.
The crowd, apparently under the belief she had agreed, roared their approval.
Sebastian held out his hand to her.
“Show me how lucky I am, princess.”
12. Please share your favourite cocktail, recipe or celebration photo.
Duncan and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year.