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

Biography

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,

Elisabeth

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FAQ

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.