1. Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
First, thank you so much for having me on the blog today! I think it’s an equal mix of both. =) I don’t understand why I’d want to read or write sad endings when I could have happy ones instead, and although I’ve enjoyed reading books in other genres in the past, romance is always the genre that I return to again and again. I love experiencing the flush of new love, the heartache of the big black moment, and the chest-nearly-bursting-from-joy feeling at the end of a good romance novel. I think even if I hadn’t “discovered” romances at my local library when I was younger, I would have somehow still found a way to them as an adult.
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Sherry Thomas in particular inspires me. Although there are many (many) romance authors I adore, Sherry tends to take more risks than others; I truly believe she is one of the leaders in historical romance today, and think that anyone who hasn’t read her should go right now to buy her books.
3. Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
THE SINNING HOUR is my first work in my new Victorian romance series, Unmasked. A novella which includes its own love story but also acts as an introduction to the rest of the series, THE SINNING HOUR features the maid of a gambling hell and her former employer who sent her away when he began to feel too much for her.
Future projects include the rest of the Unmasked series, four full-length novels about women who claim independence in 1851 by creating the most exclusive gaming hell in London. I’m also working on a 1920s romance series which I’m really excited about!
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I wrote my first manuscript in the spring of 2006. It was truly awful <grin> and I decided that writing wasn’t in the future for me. Then, after reading a fantastic romance that inspired me again to come up with my own characters and love story, I wrote my second manuscript in the spring of 2008. I finished my third manuscript in September 2009, signed immediately with an agent, and signed a 3-book deal with a New York publisher three months later in December 2009. My debut book was released in October 2010. Personally, I think it is difficult to find an agent and a publisher, even if you are extraordinarily talented. But I also believe that if you work hard, anything is possible. For me, everything came together and I was very blessed to find an agent and publisher when I did. After publishing two books with my publisher I decided to change my name and go the indie route, but I will always be grateful for the traditional publishing experience.
5. What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I think it’s fantastic that readers are able to discover more authors. Personally, I find that I read a lot more with an e-reader than I ever did with print because it’s so much more convenient, and I’ve found authors that were new-to-me I’ve loved and might never have read otherwise. As a writer, I love that we now have the option to take full control of our careers. Indie publishing isn’t just for writers who aren’t able to get traditional publishing contracts; from my own experience, it’s also for those of us who have been with New York and have decided that having the ability to write the books we want to write in the way we want to write them is a much better bargain. That is a major factor for why I decided to become a self-published author in 2012. I’m still writing Victorian romances, but I’m also branching out into other time periods–including the 1920s, which no New York publisher for historical romance has yet touched.
6. Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
There definitely is a lot of pressure from publishers. They put a lot of credence in the success of social media, and authors know that if they don’t hit a certain sales target, they might not get a new contract. I believe social media is another avenue authors feel they must use to show that they’re doing everything they can to sell books. But does social media actually sell books? I think so, but not an author goes out there and promotes the book non-stop. I think social media sells books because of author engagement in a community, which is as it should be.
Info about the author:
Elise Rome has never forgiven Margaret Mitchell for making her fall in love with Scarlett and Rhett in Gone with the Wind and then not giving them a happy ending. She likes to think that she makes up for the injustice done to them with each romance novel she writes. When she isn’t telling stories about sexy, headstrong heroes and intelligent, independent heroines, Elise stays busy chasing after her two young daughters, semi-attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.
To know more about her latest book, just click on the cover below: