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The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on Elizabeth Noble. You can keep in touch with Ms. Noble at the links following the interview!
Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Noble
First off, I want to thank Elizabeth Noble for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
A Barlow Lens
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming. Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives. Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
The Roaring Twenties was a time of speakeasies and gangsters. Men were silent and tough and they certainly did not lust for and love other men. When Wyatt Harig is asked to work as a consultant for the US Marshall’s office, he and his partner, Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic are thrown into a mystery dating back to 1927. The present is a much different time for Wyatt and Val. They look forward to a wonderful future together, and plan an early June wedding. Their investigation leads them to people from Wyatt’s past, one of whom he’d rather remain forgotten. However, the past doesn’t want to stay dead or forgotten. Wyatt’s life before meeting Val catches up with him and the results could prove fatal.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
A Barlow Lens is a story within a story. One of the more interesting and challenging aspects while writing this book was syncing the two story lines. I wanted to show how certain aspects of society have changed in the last century while at the same time other things are quite similar. The two sets of main characters compliment and reflect one another.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
There are really four main characters, the two contemporary men, Wyatt and Val and the two men from the past, Tom and Philip. Both sets of men have the same motivation, they want to be with the person they love. The difference lies in how they go about achieving their goals and the obstacles in their respective paths.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, it is the second of the Circles series
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
In the winter I enjoy using my office when I write. In the summer when it’s nice I take my laptop outside to my patio. It’s a great place to write. I don’t really have a favorite time, but because of my work schedule I seem to end up writing more in the evening hours.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Wool by Hugh Howey and yes I enjoyed it very much!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
Oh, yes, I knew that before I really knew what a writer was. My other profession is a veterinary nurse.
What does your writing process look like?
Probably a mess. I use OneNote and Google drive to store notes, ideas and partial scenes. When I’m actively working on a manuscript there are notes at the bottom I refer to. As I write each chapter I try to work out the basics for the next chapter. One thing I do consistently is I know how each book ends before I ever begin writing. I basically write toward that end.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
I really have no better explanation than I like it, a lot.
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE AUTHOR:
Excerpt from A Barlow Lens
Once they were back at their hotel, Wyatt ushered Val into their room, not bothering with the light. They were high enough up there was no need to close the drapes, and light from the city cast a soft glow over them.
As Val unbuttoned his suit jacket, Wyatt stepped up behind him, placing his palms on Val’s shoulders, then rubbing lightly up and down his arms a few times. “Let me give you a hand.” Wyatt eased the jacket off and kissed the side of Val’s neck, nudging his head to the side as he did so. A low moan rumbled out of Val’s chest. Wyatt dropped the jacket on a chair and slipped his hands under Val’s shirt, caressing Val’s skin with his fingertips.
When he reached Val’s tightening nipples, he rubbed small circles until Val’s hips jerked. Val shuddered and pulled in a quick, shaky breath, making Wyatt smile. Val’s tie and shirt joined his jacket. Wyatt ran his hands over Val’s torso before returning them to Val’s shoulders. He lightly traced the scars on Val’s shoulder with first his finger, then his tongue.
Val’s surgery to repair the damage done in the course of stopping some seriously dangerous people who had been trying to force jockeys to throw races, had left several scars. They weren’t red, raised, and angry anymore. Val never complained about them hurting, but the marks were still puckered and darker than the surrounding skin.
“You know,” Val whispered between dragging in a breath and panting it out again. “That first time we went out to dinner, I was so worried you’d think I was some uncouth, country hick because I don’t know about wine and art. And that I was too young to bother with.”
“Hmm, do you know what I worried about when I was thirty?” Wyatt scraped his teeth across Val’s shoulder blades.
“Getting a sweet piece of hot ass,” Wyatt said in a low voice.
Val laughed. “Well, you’re sort of slow. Took you long enough. Worth the wait?”
“Oh, hell, yes.” Wyatt maneuvered Val to the bed.