Elizabeth SaFleur, an erotic romance author, penned the Elite Doms of Washington series, contemporary tales of dominance, seduction, and love set in our nation’s capital. The first novel, Lovely, debuts in January 2015. She’s a member of the Romance Writers Association, Washington Romance Writers, and is an avid reader of all fiction genres. www.ElizabethSaFleur.com
What inspires you to write?
My overactive imagination keeps me pretty busy, writing-wise. My characters inspire me the most. They talk to me, tell me their dreams, their hopes, and have very distinct desires for their love lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a hybrid writer. I start with a plot and then “pants” around with it. By the time I’m through with a book it reads nothing like the plot I started with. Every book has one scene that I envisioned from the start. But everything else will shift and change as the characters go through whatever I put them through!
Character sketches are very important to me. Each character comes to me “half-baked.” They know who they are but don’t always give me the complete picture! I have a character “grid” for every character that includes their archetype, their goals, motivations, conflicts, and ways in which they make trouble for themselves. I also interview each character. I ask them questions and pretty much just take dictation from there. My characters are “chatty.”
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Most definitely! I ask them terribly rude questions, which brings them to life quite quickly. They aren’t afraid to tell me that I’m being rude, too. LOL
What advice would you give other writers?
No matter what, don’t compare yourself to other writers. Just write, often and consistently, telling the stories that you want to tell. Oh, and finish the book!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I met a few fellow writers who encouraged me to publish. They started out as my critique partners, and soon were introducing me to their publishers. Next thing I knew, my manuscript was in my-now publisher’s hands and off we were!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So long as there are readers there will be ways to publish books. HOW those books get published will vary. Given indie publishing is becoming so popular, the large publishing houses will be forced to change the way they do business. But, many smart people exist in the publishing world. They will figure it out.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Erotic Romance, Romance, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
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