Elaine, give us two random thoughts about yourself, something that might surprise your readers.
My degrees are in engineering and chemistry, though that’s not what I’m doing now for work! But it does make me driven to research accurately and spend way too much time working out minute details. Another random thought is I love to garden. Many of my books will include bits of herb-lore or a few flowers or herbs here or there.
(Starla) My degree is in gerontology and I don’t work in that field either. But, as you draw upon your attention to details from your training in research, I occasionally use my work with senior adults in some stories.
What are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?
Writing is my stress relief actually! I write to get away from work and my role as an autism advocate and PTA president. I love to make a world to escape into.
(Starla) As stressful as writing can be, it is always interesting to hear that many authors use writing as an escape from other parts of their life.
How long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre?
I’ve been writing on and off since high school, but I finished my first book when my son was about nine months old. I found writing a great way to carve out a little bit of time for myself in the hustle and bustle of child rearing. My main genre is historical erotic novels, but I also write paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary. My upcoming release Magic Eights is a contemporary paranormal, and my anthology rerelease of Nancy’s Sweet Spelling Bee is also a contemporary paranormal.
(Starla) You have been writing for a while now with Ellora’s Cave and have 14 ebooks and 5 trade paperbacks available. Impressive.
How and why did you decide to use a pen name?
It’s nice to have another identity to embody now and again. Given the spicy hot nature of a lot of my writing, I thought it was wise to have a pen name, though I’m not desperate to hide my real name and identy. Elaine Lowe is a combination of my middle name, and a different spelling of my last name. And, if you read it too fast, Lowe looks like Love. I couldn’t resist.
Elaine Lowe: Family and Writing, the Great Juggling Act
Every writer deals with having to wall off the real world and embed themselves in their story. Especially to write fiction, I find I need time to enter and embody a world of my own creation, ignoring everything else. So, it can be a real challenge to organize the rest of my life with sufficient aplomb and deftness to find that block of time to disappear into my own mind – without appearing to be just a little insane.
I’m a wife, I hold down several part-time work-at-home jobs, I suffer from a chronic illness, I’m a PTA president, and I’m mother to a wonderful little boy with autism. Juggling the needs of my family,my health, my finances and my writing is always a challenge, but it’s all so worthwhile.
For me, writing is not a chore or a difficulty, it’s a joy. It’s a blessed escape from the stress of everyday life. I work hard to get everything else settled so that at night or in the early morning, I have time to escape into another world. It keeps me sane and gives me respite all at once. I think I’m a better mother, a better wife, and a more sane employee when I’ve given myself the time to write (and to read as well!) I tell my friends in my Special Education PTA to make sure they take up a hobby or have some time to escape into something they love, for it makes dealing with the hard facts of life with a special needs child that much easier. My life requires a tremendous well of caring and patience, and I find that my writing helps refill that well over and over again.
So I tell all of you to do the same. If you want to write, try it! If you want to sing, or crochet, or learn to cook Indian food, do it! The time that you take out of juggling all your everyday needs and responsibilities will be more than made up for by the breath of sanity such joy will bring to your life.
My latest escape to be published is Magic Eights. It’s a completely delicious romp. Susanna is a frustrated wife who is happily married but craves small things, extra time with her husband, a clean kitchen, a bit of exploration – all those little things we long for. She makes an idle wish to the Magic Eight ball her friend Esme has sent as an anniversary gift. Esme Morgan, who may or may not be a witch. Susanna is beyond surprised when copies of her husband William begin to appear to cater to her every whim, and she’s not entirely sure she can bear all the attention. She does plan on enjoying it all to the best of her ability.
I hope Magic Eights and my other books offer you a little thread of luscious escape and sanity. I know writing them helped me tremendously!
Have fun reading!
Now let’s talk about your upcoming release from Ellora’s Cave Magic Eights…release date July 8th
Genre: Paranormal (a bit of magic)
Length: about 15K (Quickie)
Buy Link (active on July 8th): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9413-magic-eights.aspx
Share with us something unique about this particular book.
It’s not every day a woman gets faced with either versions of her husband. I’d say that’s pretty unique! I’d say this book is pure fantasy, for a happily married woman who dreams about complete and total satisfaction.
Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
I think it was interesting to acknowledge that even a happily married couple can have exciting fantasies and unspoken desires, and that it’s incredibly hot to explore them.
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
I love William, the husband. I think he takes the events and the resulting disorientation extremely well. He just wants to make his wife happy, and revels in being able to do just that.
Did you have a favorite scene?
I must admit I have a weakness for Darcy. I had to write him in, didn’t I?
Did you have a scene that was particularly hard to write?
It took me a long time to work out the final scene to get the best emotional impact and remove some of the awkwardness. I think the result packs in a lot of feeling at the same time it is highly erotic. Susanna and William are married eight years, and yet they are still learning things about each other.
Will there be any sequels to this book?
Yes actually, though it’s in the early planning stages. The witch, Esme Morgan, who gives her friend the Magic Eight ball that starts the entire romp, will get her very own story. And you get to find out just exactly why that Magic Eight ball worked to grant Susanna’s wishes!
A casual wish by a frustratingly horny wife and a most unexpected bit of magic results. Susanna walks into her kitchen to see two copies of William, her husband of eight years. When they both seduce her, she’s helpless to resist. Who would want to? When another copy walks in and makes love to her, and another, she ceases to ask why, only, how much can she take?
Seven copies, one original and all of them want to push her to the very brink. Can she handle them all? Sinful satisfaction is the best anniversary present, and eight is Susanna’s lucky number.
Blowing a frizzy strand of reddish-brown hair from in front of her face, Susanna Walker-Wong tried valiantly to relax into the suds of her bath. Truly soothing rose and chamomile scents floated into the hot air of the bathroom, and hot water always relaxed away the tension she held in her shoulders. But all these luxurious bubbles and steam didn’t really get to the core of her problem.
She was horny. Despite, or perhaps because of all the stresses in her life, she was ready to burst with the need for someone to touch her. Well, not just someone. It would be really fabulous if her husband would get a clue and look up from his computer screen long enough to notice her panting after him.
But instead, she took a bath. Really, she shouldn’t be this desperate. It was their eighth anniversary, and that morning their son had been taken to his grandparents’ house where he was likely being spoiled rotten. For lunch, she had been the entree and Will had worshipped her thoroughly, before taking her out to a sumptuous dinner that they’d enjoyed and debated like the foodies they were. It should have been perfect, she should have been completely satisfied.
Her career was humming along, though she was only working on contract, part-time, with Nathan being only four-years-old and just starting pre-school. Yeah, the dishes needed to be done, and there was yard-work that begged to be finished and the floor required vacuuming desperately. But if she ever finished her entire “to do” list, she’d be dead, right? She should be completely content.
So why was she absolutely burning with lust? Every time William breathed, she watched the rise and fall of his chest and wanted to tear off his T-shirt and run her hands over his pecs and lick his nipples until he groaned. She wanted to thread her hands in the blue-black of his unkempt hair and tousle it even more while she pulled his lips to hers. She wanted to knock his laptop to the ground and climb astride him and ride him until he screamed her name and woke up the neighbors in the next condo.
She moved slightly to get her shoulders deeper into the water and relieve the tension there. The soft rose scent of the bubbles fluttered up to try to console her, mixing with the subtle spiciness from Esme’s present. She sighed, her hands drifting over her clit, only to retreat quickly to her side when the door swung open.
Will stood in the doorway for a moment, taking in the soap-obscured view of her naked body and flashing her a brief but devastating grin that still made her heart go pitter-patter.
“Hello my water nymph. How do you find your bath? And is that incense I smell?” He turned away from her and to the toilet, nonchalantly taking a piss, while she observed the curve of his ass in the ancient pair of khaki shorts that he wore.
“Bath’s searing hot, just like this nymph likes it. And no, the scent is something Esme sent us for our anniversary.” She looked him up and down. “Care to join me?” Her voice dripped with invitation, but she knew he didn’t share her particular fetish for baths.
“You’ve got to be kidding me! It’s like ninety-five in the house, and it’s only going to get hotter. How you can stand to take a hot bath in this weather is beyond my ken!” With a drip and a zip and a quick wash of his hands, he turned back to her, his eyes eating her up and making her throb even more than she had been. With his dark shining eyes carrying that edge of lust and his wicked goatee reminding her how much she liked the drag of his chin against her thighs, she was practically melting with need for him. But she didn’t let it show. Her appetite for him was simply ridiculous after all the years they’d been together and she’d never been completely comfortable letting it all out. He was everything she ever wanted, and she didn’t feel like scaring him off now.
MORE AUTHOR INFORMATION
Website: Elaine Lowe Novels
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Book Trailers linked to from the Elaine Lowe Novels website: Match Made by Moonlight, Sea of Pearls, Lady Six Sky, Seeds of Garnet, Scandalous Profession, and Enchant the Dawn