I'm so pleased to have Elizabeth Camden on my blog this week. I just finished reading this excellent novel about the era of robber barons, a time period we don't hear much about. You won't want to miss this debut book from an exceptionally talented author, published by Bethany House.
Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Louise! As a brand new writer on the scene, it is terrific to have folks like you help me get the word out that I exist.
I work as a librarian at a small college in Florida, which is a fabulous day job for a writer. Not only is the work a joy, but it provides me with the fuel I need to be creative. Some days I help students research the arcane details of a 19th century court case or the symbolism in a Botticelli painting. Other days I am dissecting the migration patterns of sea birds or how cheese is made. All of this helps trigger ideas that I can pump into my writing.
My first book, The Lady of Bolton Hill, just hit the shelves. It is set during the Gilded Age and features one of my favorite themes, lovers who are reunited after several years apart. In The Lady of Bolton Hill, Daniel and Clara were quite young when they met and shared one of those intense, immediate bonds that can sometimes flare up between teenagers. They are separated by Clara’s disapproving father. The book begins when Clara returns to the United States after more than a decade abroad, and the chemistry between Clara and Daniel immediately blazes back to life. The problem is they have followed such wildly divergent paths that they don’t know if they can find a way back to each other, even though they both crave it.
Something that was very important for me is that both my characters be very passionate people, but who are still fiercely intelligent and sensible. Have you ever read a book where the conflict between the hero and heroine could be solved by a simple honest conversation? There was no way I was going to let Daniel and Clara off the hook so easily! Although it is clear they are madly in love, they will be put through the wringer before they can get to a happy ending. I love a good turbulent story with love, betrayal, heartbreak, all punctuated with periods of soaring joy and utter delight. That is what I aimed for with The Lady of Bolton Hill. I’ll be curious to hear from folks if they think I got it in the ballpark.
I think it is a particularly exciting time to be writing in the inspirational genre. I love mainstream romance, but sometimes I feel that the new stuff is getting hijacked by a bunch of vampires, serial killers, or leather-clad, kick-butt heroines. I’ve read great novels featuring all of the aforementioned characters, but so often these novels sacrifice great character development and chemistry in order to cram in a few more werewolves or warlocks. Since these plots are mostly off-limits in the inspy world, we are forced to work pretty hard at developing a great, heart-pounding romance with characters who feel like they are about to leap off the page. That is why I think the inspirational genre has a lot to offer.
I blog at http://elizabethcamden.com/blog. Three times a week I write about my thoughts on the romance genre (in novels, movies, real life, etc.) Since I am a librarian, I also post lots of pictures of mouth-watering libraries. I hope you’ll swing by for a peek!
The Lady of Bolton Hill is available at amazon.com, cbd.com, and fine bookstores everywhere.
If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Lady of Bolton Hill, leave a comment below. (Click on "comments.") This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on July 15, 2011. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!