Elisabeth Naughton Answers All Your Questions about Bondage

It’s been more than a year since I hosted Elisabeth Naughton on the blog in which she gave us advice on how to electrocute your husband without getting caught, and in that time, all of us at Kiss and Thrill have learned that people use the Internet to search for ways to murder their spouse with disturbing regularity.

We at Kiss and Thrill would like to believe our blog had something to do with the spectacular rise of WAIT FOR ME, the book Elisabeth featured in that blog post, which spent 5 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list earlier this year. (And is currently #4 on Amazon’s bestsellers of 2013 so far!) but we know we had nothing to do with it. If there were a ranking of authors who give advice on mariticide, we could and would take full credit for Elisabeth’s #1 ranking, but as far as WAIT FOR ME goes, the credit all goes to Elisabeth, who wrote a fabulous, intensely emotional romantic suspense novel that will always be one of my favorites in the genre. (Seriously, if you haven’t read WFM yet, get it now—the book is amazing!)

BoundFINALNYTtagIn late March, the latest book in Elisabeth’s Eternal Guardians series, BOUND, was released, and because I love her paranormal romance novels as much as her romantic suspense, I invited Elisabeth back to K&T, hoping this time she’d give us some solid advice on bondage (hey, the book is called Bound …) but leery of being ranked #1 in bondage advice within the pantheon of romance authors, Elisabeth opted to be interviewed instead. Personally I was looking forward to seeing “how to tie up your husband without getting rope burns” in the search engine terms, but Elisabeth was firm.

However, while she didn’t want to answer *my* bondage questions, she didn’t say anything about questions from our readers… (and I might be sort of hoping she doesn’t notice the title I gave to this post). In spite of the lack of bondage advice, I’m thrilled to welcome Elisabeth Naughton back to Kiss and Thrill! Elisabeth is giving away a copy of BOUND to one lucky commenter. Please check back on Thursday to see if you are our winner!

Rachel: What published author (any genre) turns you into a total fangirl?  Is there a particular book or is this based on their entire body of work?

Elisabeth: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love all her books, but especially her Chicago Stars series. My favorites are THIS HEART OF MINE and MATCH ME IF YOU CAN. I can’t write funny – I’ve tried but my characters always end up either too angsty or killing someone – but I love to read funny and no one does romantic comedies better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Funny fan-girl story about her…at last year’s Romantic Times Convention in Chicago, I saw her at the book signing. I was signing too, and she had a featured table at the end of my row. I kept watching to see when she had a break in readers because I desperately wanted to get an autographed copy of her recent release. So when I had a lull in readers and I saw she did too, I jumped up and raced over to her. She must have seen me coming because her eyes grew wide and she leaned waaaay back in her seat. Then (like a total fan girl) I started rambling. I have no idea about what – probably which books of hers I’m in love with. I know I went on and on about being a writer myself (so she wouldn’t think I was a total loon) and pointed out my table. She gave me one of those “aaah” raised eyebrow looks and leaned back even further, like she didn’t believe me. About half way through my rambling, I realized things weren’t going very well and she probably thought I was a  total stalker. Which, at this point, I felt like. So completely mortified, I grabbed my book, ducked my head and slinked back to my table.

Rachel: I haven’t read THIS HEART OF MINE (yet), but I LOVED MATCH ME IF YOU CAN. And the next one… I think it started with the heroine in a beaver costume? LOVED that book. I would happily take a month off from life and read nothing but SEP.

Have you ever written fan fiction, and if so, what work was it based on?  If you haven’t, what would you be tempted to write fan fiction about?

Elisabeth: No, I’ve never written fan fiction, but if I was tempted, I’d HAVE to write fan fic for Game of Thrones. Except I wouldn’t kill off the well-loved characters (well, not all of them anyway). Or, in keeping with my paranormals, I’d kill them off then bring them back to life (but not as white-walkers. Ew!)

Rachel: I’ve never thought about it that way before, but I totally agree—what is fanfic for if not to fix the heartache George R.R. Martin caused me when I first read Game of Thrones? I loved that book. And it broke my heart.  Okay, next question.  Facebook or Twitter?

Elisabeth: Both, though I really like the ease of Twitter. I’m sort of addicted. I find I use Facebook more for promo and to connect with my fans and Twitter to network with other authors.

Rachel: What is the strangest weapon you’ve used to kill off a character, either on or off-scene?

Elisabeth: I’m so boring. I use knives and guns and sword-type weapons in my books. I did kill a character with a pitcher of lemonade in STOLEN SEDUCTION. Poisoned lemonade. That was fun.

Rachel: Tell us about BOUND.

Elisabeth: BOUND is the sixth book in my Eternal Guardians series. The Eternal Guardians are seven warriors who can trace their lineage back to the greatest heroes in Ancient Greece and who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld. BOUND is Titus’s book.

Rachel: Sigh. Love Titus. I know you have a lot of fans who are eagerly awaiting Nick’s book (me too!) but I’ve been waiting for Titus ever since we learned a bit about his curse in ENTWINED.

Elisabeth: Titus is a descendent of Odysseus, the great thinker, but he’s been both blessed and cursed. He can read minds, but he also feels the emotions of those he touches. Touch is something he’s learned to avoid—from anyone—because the force of the emotional transfer can be crippling. He’s served with the Guardians for over a hundred years and never questioned his loyalty. Until he meets a woman he can touch and whose thoughts he can’t hear. Obsessed, he has an uncontrollable urge to find out why she’s special. And that curiosity takes him on a journey he never expected.

Rachel: I loved, loved, loved BOUND. I was enthralled with the way you interwove the myths involving Prometheus into the story and pulled together threads laid in earlier books in the series. And the heroine – well, I LOVE a strong, fiery heroine, and Natasa is that and so much more.

Thank you so much, Elisabeth for joining us today! We’ll open up comments to readers with questions about bondage… I mean BOUND… 😉

enaughton_headshot300Bestselling Author Elisabeth Naughton writes full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her books have appeared on every major bestsellers list, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Digital Book World and IndieReader, and have been nominated for numerous awards such as the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.ElisabethNaughton.com to learn more about her books.

About Rachel Grant

Former archaeologist & four-time Golden Heart® finalist, I write romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on May 6, 2013, in Author Interview, Rachel Grant and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Welcome back, Elisabeth! So, if I wanted to tie my hero up and…oh, wait. Never mind on that. On a more serious note, when I ‘meet’ bestselling, successful authors like you, I’m always curious about how you started out, how you first got published. Would you mind sharing a call story with us? If not your first sale call, maybe the call that told you that you’d hit the NYT list for the first time?

    • …because Lena’s VERY close to getting that NYT call and wants to know if backflips while shrieking are traditional and appropriate reactions. 🙂

      • Oh ha ha Sarah! From your lips to the NYT bestseller Gods, right? 😄

        • LOL…The NYT call is def worthy of backflips!

          Lena – thanks for asking. I actually sold my first book to Dorchester back in ’08. Romantic Suspense had just gone into the tank at that time, and we had a lot of editors who loved the book (STOLEN FURY, which went on to be a double Rita Finalist in ’10), but weren’t willing to take it on. We sold it to Dorchester and I wrote five books for them before leaving and moving to a different publisher after news spread that they were on the verge of crumbling.

          Regarding the NYT list…that was a whirlwind experience. When I got the call, it actually came from my husband. I was at the coffee shop writing when my agent called my house to give me the news. She relayed it to the hubby who then relayed it to me. I didn’t do backflips (would have looked funny in the middle of a crowded coffee shop) but I did grin a lot. And I’m pretty sure everything else I wrote that day got deleted in edits.

  2. Welcome back, Elisabeth, and thanks for being a good sport about the bondage thing. 😉

    As far as BOUND – while avoiding spoilers – Nick plays an important role in this book and he gets in a bit of trouble toward the end… I know I’m not the only reader dying to know, is Nick’s book next?

    • Thanks, Rachel! I love stopping by Kiss and Thrill. Thanks for inviting me back! (That’s not always a guarantee based on my subject matter!)

      Yes, Nick’s book is next and will be titled TWISTED. I have lots in store for Nick so readers should be prepared for something epic. Honestly, I’m a little intimidated by what has to happen in his book, but I’m really excited about it at the same time.

  3. Hey, Susan. I’ll have to check out Wait for Me. I’m more of an RS person than paranormal. Though I love Kay Hooper’s Bishop books. Had to laugh at your fan story. I have mine with Allison Brennan at RWA in Orlando. My CP said she’d never seen me speechless. Couldn’t get a word out. LOL Continued good sales with your books.

  4. O course I meant “Elizabeth.” Forgive me. Apparently I need another cup of coffee. 🙂

  5. Thanks for joining us again today, Elisabeth! Great interview, Rachel. 🙂

  6. Elisabeth congratulations on your amazing and well deserved success! SEP is one of my all time favorite authors too. It’s hard to pick a favorite of her books but I might go with Kiss An Angel.

    I have to say Rachel is right in that the most common reason people now find our blog via a search engine is apparently when they are looking for ways to bump off a spouse. It’s shocking, or electrocuting or ….

    Anyway, Bound sounds awesome and I can’t wait to download. I have Wait for Me already, and it’s next on my TBR pile.
    Thanks again for joining us today!

  7. Must go download WAIT FOR ME immediately before my pea brain forgets!

    Welcome back Elisabeth, and congrats on the newest release and all the awards/bestseller lists! What else are you working on right now? RS and paranormal or are you solely paranormal with the Eternal Guardians series?

    • Nope. I’m doing both RS and Paranormal at the moment. In the paranormal pipeline I have the 7th Eternal Guardians book (TWISTED), and in RS I’m working on two projects: the sequel to WAIT FOR ME (titled HOLD ON TO ME) and a brand new RS series about an elite securities team for Montlake Romance, due out in 2014.

  8. I just adored WAIT FOR ME, but I have to admit I love your paranormal series as much–if not more. I can’t wait to read Bound and find out what happens to Titus!
    If I had to write fanfiction, I’d probably write in the Buffy verse. It’s still one of my favorite all-time TV series.

    • Thanks, Sharon! I really hope you enjoy BOUND. Titus was unlike many heroes in that series because he’s not as tortured as some. Well…he’s tortured in other ways. 🙂 I guess I should say he’s not as “dark” as the others. But there’s plenty of dark coming up in Nick’s book. 🙂

  9. Fun post, and I love your books, but I’m confused. Is there really bondage in Bound?

    • Well…now if I answer this it’ll be giving away spoilers. 🙂

      I will say that the title totally fits the story. In ways you might not see coming (unless you’re a Greek myth buff).

      How’s that for vague?

  10. Elisabeth and Rachel, thank goodness you’re here today! I’m in a rare what-should-I-read-next moment. Instead of one good suggestion, you’ve given me 7. I love starting a new series when I know I’m not going to have to wait for the next five 🙂 Yipee!

  11. Tiffany Jorgenson

    Love the title! Great interview. Thanks!
    Tiffany

  12. I love your books! Now I’ve only read up to Demetrius’s book (which I LOVED), so I try to avoid anything talking about the other books in the series, but this post does give me incentive to finish the series faster! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a copy of Bound!!

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