Elisabeth Naughton - Author of sexy romantic adventures and dark hot paranormals


Elisabeth NaughtonI was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

Happy reading,


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Q: Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
A: No way. But I’ve always loved to read. I’m a fast reader so I go through books like there’s no tomorrow.

Q: What did you do in your previous life?
A: I was a junior high science teacher for nine years. I loved the kids and miss them a lot. There’s something about the pre-teen years that’s magical. And hormonal. And just plain fun. (Especially when you’re watching from the outside.)

Q: How many manuscripts did you write before selling?
A: Four. My fifth manuscript—STOLEN FURY—sold under a different name in February, 2008.

Q: How many years did it take you to sell?
A: Five. I began writing in 2003 after I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. I quickly learned I’d go nuts without something to keep my mind busy, so I started writing. I never intended for it to be my next career, but here I am.

Q: Did you ever ride the contest circuit?
A: I did. Briefly. But I had fabulous critique partners who offered great suggestions—the kind you can’t get through contests. In 2006 I was the grand prize winner in the Romancing the Tome contest, and in 2007 I was a Golden Heart Finalist. Coincidentally, with the same book—and the same one I sold—STOLEN FURY.

Q: Do you come up with the titles for your books?
A: I picked STOLEN FURY. My editor came up with the next two in the series—STOLEN HEAT and STOLEN SEDUCTION.

Q: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
A: Don’t give up. I never did.