From USA Today:
I first read bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt’s writing before almost anyone else did. I had agreed to serve as a finalist judge in a contest for unpublished authors some years ago, and one of her manuscripts was among those sent to me.
Editors often talk about how they just *know* when they will want a story, from the first page. I read her first pages, and I *knew* this author would be in print very, very soon. She was that good. I was expected to write a critique of this contest entry, and I had precious little to criticize. I scrounged up something or other, but my cover letter was honest and I admitted it had not been easy.
That manuscript became Elizabeth Hoyt’s first published book.
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MH: Please tell us about the new book.
EH: Lady Phoebe is pretty, vivacious and blind. Her over-protective brother, the Duke of Wakefield, has hired Captain James Trevillion, a former dragoon, to guard her at all times. Phoebe chafes at constantly being shadowed by the dour captain, but when someone makes plans to kidnap her, she turns to Trevillion to protect her.
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MH: If you were not a romance writer, what genre might you be writing?
EH: Probably some type of thriller or mystery, since that’s a genre I read a lot. But really, I feel that I’m most suited to writing romance — and particularly historical romance.
MH: Tell us something about your career’s trajectory. Have you held other jobs while writing? How many books have you published?
EH: Well, I was a full-time, stay-at-home mom when I started writing, so in a sense I’ve always “held” that job. I realized when my youngest (now in college!!) started kindergarten that I had an opportunity that I might never have again in my life: to try writing. I didn’t have a career outside the family to go back to or to try and fit writing around. I told my husband to give me five years and if I hadn’t gotten a book published in that time I’d get a “real” job. Of course I had NO idea about publishing — many, many successful authors take way more than five years to publish — but I did sell and publish The Raven Prince almost exactly five years later. Since then I’ve written pretty steadily, selling three contemporary romances (under the name Julia Harper), one novella and 14 historical romances. Dearest Rogue will be my 18th book.
MH: Have you done any self-publishing? Is that in your future?
EH: Nope, not yet! But I think self-pubbing is in every author’s future, don’t you?
Link to the rest at USA Today
Here’s a link to Elizabeth Hoyt’s books