ELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After living various places on the west coast, she’s now back in her hometown.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands.
Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoirs which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.
She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.
1.Can you tell us about your most recent book? My most recent publication is an erotic thriller entitled Love or Money. It came out on 1/12/16 and is available through Amazon.
2.Where did you get your inspiration for this book? I wanted to write a sexy romance with a female lead who was trying to save herself from some pretty bad circumstances—the drug trade.
3.How do you come up with your hot male character/s? Are they based on anyone you know or purely fictional? Ha ha! Evan is not based on anyone I know, but I do have a serious thing for tall, muscly guys with too much hair and an impish smile. Most of the men I’ve been with have that attribute…oh man, I just realized I have a “type”. But anyway, Evan is a sweet, smart, tough criminal who does what he has to do to get by in the world…and will do anything for the woman he loves.
4.What advice would you give an aspiring author when it comes to writing a good erotic scene? The do’s and don’t. I don’t know if I’m the person to give this advice. This was only the second book I’ve written with erotic scenes (the first one comes out 5/31/16, The Hustle). It was a good challenge for me to write the erotic scenes in both books. The only advice I can give is, you have to feel the chemistry and the heat between the characters yourself, or no one else will. The rest is just personal taste—for instance, I like a little bit of tension/taboo in a love scene. Not all of mine have that, but the ones that do are my favorites. Also, I think it’s better to use more straightforward language, and even to use the same words more than once, than to make your language convoluted and obtuse trying to come up with new words and phrasings for everything, if you know what I mean.
5.Share no more than two paragraphs of a spicy scene from one of your books with the readers.
“You want something to remember me by?” Marissa asked, her brown eyes sparkling.
“Oh, yeah.” Riel kissed her, running her hand down Marissa’s taut, brown belly and under her waistband, finding her hard, hot clit and rubbing it slowly. “We have to be quick,” she whispered. “They’ll be coming back from the rec yard soon.”
“Aaah,” Marissa moaned, closing her eyes. “You almost got me there already, baby.”
Riel rubbed harder, Marissa’s hips moving against her fingers. She slipped her other hand into Marissa’s panties, making her moan again as she pushed two fingers deep inside her wet pussy.
“Riel, baby,” Marissa breathed, her body moving, her fingers twining in Riel’s cascade of wavy, black hair. “I’m gonna miss you.”
6.Do you ever get shy about people you know reading your erotic romance novels? If yes, do you have advice for others in respect of overcoming this? I am shy about it, especially because Love or Money and my upcoming The Hustle have graphic LGBT (F/F) love scenes, and I am a Christian woman so some of my friends are not into that sort of thing. However, I’ve found that they’ve been way more accepting me and my books than I expected (part of this is I’m a Methodist, which attracts a more liberal sort of conservative, if that makes sense). I just make sure they know what to expect if they read these books, and that they might not be for them. It’s up to them whether they read it or not.
Even though I warned him, I had an older guy from my church read Love or Money. He was very gracious, and even finished the whole thing. He didn’t end up leaving me a review, though. Said he wasn’t sure what to say. Poor guy.
7.Name 5 of your favourite erotic romance novels. (Series by the same author are classed as 1.) I was agonizing over how to answer this question, and I’ll just do it honestly: I don’t tend to read genre erotica – I love novels with erotic scenes, but most of what I read, the main focus of the book is elsewhere. So, I love books by Walter Mosley (his love scenes and relationships are spectacular), and I grew up on Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series, which has some great love scenes. I also have to confess a love of some of Anais Nin’s stories, though I have complicated feelings about her. The other books with great love stories and scenes that speak to me are ones that I’ve edited for clients, or by some of the great authors I’ve met on my publishing journey (Kiarra Taylor’s Quarter Change and Michelle Jo Quinn’s Harley spring to mind – S. Valentine’s Black Door Series is on my list to read, too
8.Name 4 of your favourite erotic romance book covers. I’m not a cover nerd – I would have to think too hard about this question. I know covers do matter, but I buy almost everything on my Kindle nowadays, and I don’t even look at covers.
9.Name 4 must-see sexy movies with sizzling chemistry and hot scenes. These questions are so hard for me…I haven’t watched a movie in ages. I’m a person with a strange lifestyle…I’m currently living in a 1-room cabin without electric lights. I didn’t even see the latest Star Wars, though I love Star Wars.
10.Lastly, choose two characters from your most recent book and complete their profiles. Let the readers get to know them.
Name: Gabriella (Riel)
Good qualities: Smart. Driven. Loyal. Great guitar player.
Bad qualities: Ex-con. Flash temper. Hard-hearted.
Turn ons: Danger. Naked women in the shower J
Turn offs: Male dominance and chauvinism.
Good qualities: Incredibly sexy. Generous. Thoughtful. Intelligent.
Bad qualities: He’s a criminal, slightly shallow, a daredevil, and a little bit of a pushover.
Turn ons: Riel.
Turn offs: I don’t know, I’ve never seen him turned off. He’s a pretty typical guy in that way.