I am so excited because today I convinced two of my favorite romance authors, Desiree Holt and Liz Crowe, to appear on N. N. Light’s Book Heaven for an interview. They both sat down with me and let me tell you, you’re going to love their insight into writing, publishing, and marketing, plus some fun personal facts, too. So, grab your favorite beverage and join us. Desiree and Liz, take it away:
What is your writing process?
DES: My characters and the theme come to me first so I develop details character profiles and create the plot from there. I write during the day and make notes at night.
LIZ: Characters and conflict (and usually setting) first. Then I start on page one and go from there. No outlining or other plotting. When I hit a snag, I go back and make any necessary changes.
What book do you wish you could have written?
DES: Cry No More by Linda Howard.
LIZ: The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, with Made for Love by Alissa Nutting a darn close second.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?
DES: Linda Howard, Allison Brennan, Marie Force
LIZ: Margaret Atwood, Alissa Nutting, Desiree Holt (no lie, why do you think I was dying to write with her!)
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
DES: Winning the Holt Medallion for Joy Ride and appearing on CBS Sunday Morning.
LIZ: I have to say every time I get a 4 star or better review it makes me glow. However, recently I felt pretty accomplished when Desiree agreed to write this book with me!
Have you always liked to write?
DES: Yes. Even when I was very very young.
LIZ: No, although I did a fair bit of it in college and beyond for public relations and marketing. I am a voracious and super-fast reader, since my mom used me as her master’s degree guinea pig and taught me to read when I was four years old using Montessori methods. This also make me an atrocious speller.
If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
DES: Sports reporter. I love it. I was the first female sports reporter for the (University of) Michigan Daily.
LIZ: Dream job? Press secretary for a government executive. I love to manage things like people and the message.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
DES and LIZ: Pantser.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
DES: Editing, hands down!
LIZ: the last moment—when the book releases into the world!
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any)?
DES: No, I have written 274 books and novellas, although many of them are not currently available. I think I have 167 active titles.
LIZ: No, I have 57 books and novellas, not all of which are available. I have 37 active titles.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
DES: Book #3 in the Galaxy Series, Book #5 in the Protecting Series and Book #7 in Heroes Rising.
LIZ: Books#9 in the Stewart Realty series (BACKUP OFFER), book 4 in the Detroit Sports Network series (G.O.A.T.), and an as-yet unnamed psychological thriller.
Do you write naked?
Des: Nope although it sounds like fun!
What is your biggest failure?
LIZ: gaining and then losing an agent.
What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
Des: I really like that dress on you.
Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
Des: No, but it might have helped me in some of my books if I had!
Have you ever gotten into a fight?
Des: No. I’m a coward!
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
LIZ: I was arrested by the Turkish Gendarme once. It’s kind of a long story, but I cursed and yelled and scared them a lot. But they made me go with them anyway because I didn’t have my passport at a place where I guess I was supposed to have it.
Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?
DES: No nicotine, no booze, but I love cookies.
LIZ: I founded a brewery several years ago and sold beer and wine for a while and now I write a booze column for a magazine. My alcohol tolerance is embarrassingly high.
What is your biggest fear?
DES: Doing something to hurt someone.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
DES: She loved people and they loved her.
LIZ: If you didn’t get to have a drink with her, that is your loss.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
LIZ: The power to eliminate prejudice and hate and ignorance. And my name would be “EQUALITY WOMAN!”
What secret talents do you have?
LIZ: I can play some piano, but like to think I’m a class-A kid wrangler since I raised my 3 in 4 different counties while they were small.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Liz: Spoiled rotten housecat because, have you seen a spoiled rotten housecat??
What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?
Des: Sky dive and ride in a hot air v=balloon.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
LIZ: Only emotional ones, lol.
What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
Des: I have romantic dreams that I hope stay with me for my stories.
LIZ: I’ve been taking melatonin since 2020 to help me relax and sleep and those are some of the craziest dreams I have ever had. Extraordinarily vivid and reality-based, a lot of it from my days as a brewery owner/bar manager/beer wrangler.
A great big round of applause to Des and Liz for the great interview and for sharing a little bit of yourselves. Readers, please scroll down to see their new release. I personally cannot wait to read it.
Title: Numbers Game
Authors: Liz Crowe & Desiree Holt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press