What’s the hardest part about being an author?
For me or my family? For my family, I would say it is accepting that dinner will frequently be late to the table … and sometimes burnt. For me, I would have to say it is finding time to write and market myself between juggling a full-time day job and a young family … oh, and getting to bed before midnight most nights of the week.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Closer to Sin?
The rakish Sinclair Charlcroft, the Marquis of Esselton, is charged with infiltrating Napoleon’s France to locate a close friend and missing British agent. What seems like a simple mission is derailed when he is compelled to join forces with the beautiful but headstrong French agent, Liliane Beaumont.
For English debutante Liliane, masquerading as a French agent was the last thing she expected when she answered a call from her French cousin to resolve a matter of family honour. But more than that, nothing has prepared her for the enigmatic Monsieur St Clair, the man who answers to the name of Sin and is exactly the type of man she has been warned against all her life.
While neither relish their forced proximity, their mission is not all they expect it to be and with the odds against them they turn to each other. Bound by necessity, they share a secret that could ultimately lead to Liliane’s ruin—but secrets have a way of revealing themselves, and for Liliane and Sin, their secrets are only just beginning to unravel.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love high concept historical romances. And I love an enthralling, spine tingling happily ever after. But ultimately, the inspiration to write this book was a book called Secret Service: British Agents In France 1792-1815 by Elizabeth Sparrow—a non-fiction account of intelligence gathering during the Napoleonic wars. War is never a simple ‘us and them’ equation and I was drawn to the notion of writing a historical romance series that wove some of the political intrigue of that time period into the plot line.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
To be honest, not as many as I should. Ideally, I try to write for two hours a day, and Sunday is a designated writing day but, also included in that is research and writing blog posts—if I could have a couple of extra hours tacked onto the end of each day then my life would be perfect!
Name your top five favorite books.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Spanish Bride – Georgette Heyer
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
Fairy Tales – Charles Perrault
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the next book in this series; the story of (Liliane’s uncle) Nathaniel Manning, the Duke of Martinbury and Jacinta Pasqual who meet when Nate travels to France in search of ‘the Castilian’, an assassin thought to have information on the missing agent, Gareth Whitby.
Title: Closer to Sin
Author: Elizabeth Squire
Genre: Historical Romance
Elizabeth Squire brings a fresh voice to historical romance in this tale of intrigue and passion.
CLOSER TO SIN
Liliane Desailly travels to Napoleonic France after receiving a plea for help from her French cousin. She learns she is the key to fulfilling her grandfather’s legacy, but to do so she must masquerade as a spy and courier secrets on behalf of the British Admiralty.
Sinclair Charlcroft is the British Admiralty’s last hope. Napoleon’s Grande Armée is poised to invade Britain, an English spy is missing and a traitor has infiltrated the Admiralty’s intelligence network.
Pursued by Napoleon’s agents, Liliane and Sinclair cannot reveal their true identities until they unlock the secrets of the legacy—and only then can they unlock the secrets in their hearts.
Elizabeth Squire’s love of writing romance couldn’t be further from the life she had carved out for herself. Raised in outback and rural Australia, Elizabeth was determined to live a life vibrant with passion, travel, adventure and discovery—other than the one she had already lived through the pages of the innumerable she read and loved. And so, turning her back on a life in the bush, she invested a lot of years chasing her dreams—she enjoyed a career as a commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy, and counts white-water rafting the Zambezi River, travelling by safari truck through Africa, and back-packing through Eastern Europe with her young family as just a few of her many adventures.
But amongst the adventure, the urge to write intensified as story lines and dialogue continued to materialise from the recesses of her mind. She finally accepted that the voices in her head were really characters enmeshed in the tumultuous Georgian and Regency periods, vying for life on paper.
After a nomadic lifestyle, Elizabeth has now settled into her own home and loves nothing better than bringing her passionate heroines and daring rakes to life. She lives with her own hero and one true love, two beautiful daughters and two delinquent miniature long-haired dachshunds. Closer to Sin is Elizabeth’s debut novel.
Escape Publishing: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9781760370367
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