Today I'm so excited to welcome the talented Elizabeth Seckman! She is a little bit sweet. A little bit sassy. And a whole lot of fun.
Elizabeth: Dip me in chocolate and I'd be perfect!
Elizabeth: Oh, I should say, thanks for having me over. Just show me to the pool and you can fill in the blanks for me. :)
Angie: Deal. It is a balmy 85 degrees outside. I like the sun, but I miss wearing sweaters.
Elizabeth: Sweaters (and hoodies) do hide more of my um, flaws...so I do have that in my favor! It's getting chilly here in WV and the leaves are all aglow.
Angie: I'm a little jealous of the leaves and the chill.
Here is my first question for you. You live in a small town. I grew up in a small town (as in no stop light town). So we have that in common. I want to know what you like about your small town?
Elizabeth: I like that I feel safe. I can walk my dog at midnight and never worry. And I LOVE that I have a whole town of narks to report the behavior of my children. Poor guys can't get away with squat! Keeps ornery boys on their toes...a little.
Angie: LOL! Narks :) That is so true about small towns. I know when I was a teenager I never dared step out of line because I knew my science teacher would tell my parents all about it at church on Sunday.
Elizabeth: I hear ya! There was plenty of rottenness I opted out of for the same reason. I have a plaque that says small towns are like big families...and that's true.
Angie: Are you the only author in your little town? And what do they think about your writing?
Elizabeth: That's a tough question! The town I live in now does have several red lights, so I don't know everybody (and I hate to say, yep just me...and offend someone). I've met several people who are writing books, but have not met one with one on print. According to the town bookseller (we have one bookstore), there are other published authors around these hills, but they primarily write nonfiction. In Tyler County where I grew up (and is just a few miles away from my home), native son, Austin Boyd, has several books to his credit. I've never met him...but way to go man!!!
Angie: That is pretty cool. Do they carry your book in the book store?
Elizabeth: Yes, it's available on the front shelf! And the owner's mom bakes me cookies for signings. How special is that?
Angie: Very special and sweet!
I know that you write romances. What is the easiest and hardest part about writing a love story?
Elizabeth: Easiest part is the characters. I hear their voices and putting them on paper and calling it a story is cheaper than medication. The hardest part is the love scenes. They take the most editing. I tell myself, just close the door, don't worry about it! But then my betas will complain and I'll sweat through it. They're a labor of love...pun fully intended.
Angie: LOL. I like closed door love scenes. The kissing is the best part anyway :)
Elizabeth: Kisses? Fun to get...don't like to write them either. But I will! I aim to please..well, to a certain extent...not doing any "Shades" of anything...I'll leave that to the more creative writers. :)
Angie: Or less creative. "Shades" is not my kind of a real love story.
Elizabeth: True. Glandular love is easy come, easy go. Real love is about loyalty, not head spins. I often joke that my own husband would walk through the fires of hell to bring me ice water if I said I was thirsty, but I love him enough to never ask it of him.
Angie: Aww :) What a sweetie. I know what that is like. True love is unselfish. My hubby would get out of bed at midnight to take the trash to the curb in his pjs so I don't have to. That is love!
Oh, *snaps fingers* I've got a question for you. What was the last book you read and what did you learn from it?
Elizabeth: Aww...that is real love!!! Last book I read was a YA story about dragons and such. I won't mention the title because its magic didn't work on me. Way too much exposition for my taste. Tell me once and I've got it. Don't beat me over the head with what a character is thinking. A long time ago, I decided if I skimmed a passage when I edit (because after umpteen readings it bored me) then I chopped it. If I was bored, the reader would be bored. This story confirmed that the idea of "less is more" should be considered by writers.
Angie: That is awesome advice. I know I need to work more on that in my writing!
You mentioned before that your characters write themselves. What kind of characters are your favorite to write?
Elizabeth: Smart alecks. They can say all the rotten things this good girl never does. ;)
Angie: So true! Are you ready for the traditional pageant question? I'm going to give you a hard one.
Elizabeth: Miss South Carolina was my coach...so I, um, uh, um, think, for the love of the kids in Afghanistan, and in, um, other places like Newark, that I am ready.
Angie: Perfect :) You are very good at this.
*Clears throat* What has been the most life changing experience of your life?
Elizabeth: And you said it was going to be hard! That's so easy, even a bleach soaked brain can answer that!
Having my kids. Becoming a mom changed everything. Every decision, every choice I make, I have to think of them. I never once worried about Ebola, crime rates, or impact collision ratings on mini vans until I had kids.
Here I thought you'd ask me how to bring peace to the Middle East. :)
Angie: LOL! No peace in the Middle East questions (I'm foreign policyed out from the debates :) I thought it might be too personal of a question, but your answer was awesome. My kids changed everything too. I learned to be (or try to be) unselfish from them.
I know you have all boys :) What do they think about your love stories?
Elizabeth: That they need to sell more and make more money...lol. My son's teacher asked me to speak to his class...all the kids had writing questions...my son asked, "What's for dinner?"
Making them food...that's what impresses them.
Angie: Boys! I have two so I can testify to that :)
You were awesome Elizabeth!!! Thanks for stopping by today. You can swim in my pool anytime. Maybe next time we can go to the beach.
Elizabeth: I'm a beach junkie, so you betcha!!!
Can you all see why I love her so much? So much fun! You can check out Elizabeth’s book Past Due on Amazon or Goodreads. She is all kinds of awesome :)