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Chatting with Elizabeth Kingston at #RWA18

The best part of RWA’s annual conference is, for us, getting to talk with authors we love. Elizabeth Kingston’s books get high marks from us so we were excited to ask her what she’s writing next.

Dabney: What are you working on now?

Elizabeth: I am working on the third in my Welsh Blades series. This one is much more focused less on nobility than the first two—it follows a different family. I hope to have it published by early 2019.

Dabney: Which of your books was the hardest to write? The most fun?

Elizabeth: The hardest to write was The King’s Man. Mostly for psychological reasons. It was my second book—my first had been a Regency. I got 30 to 40% into it and I hit a brick wall. I set it aside… for nine and a half years.  I picked it back up and started again—I just wanted it to be finished. I realized, when I started writing the next book—Fair, Bright and Terrible—it wasn’t hard. I think the fact that the characters were so physical and didn’t talk much.

I enjoyed writing Fair, Bright, and Terrible—I still had lots of anxiety—but every time I wrote in it, every other page, it came out just the way I wanted it to. It was just fantastic.

Dabney: What’s your prediction for the next big thing/s in romance?

Elizabeth: I would never predict that! Nobody knows what the next big thing will be!

Dabney: What’s a word you love to use in your work? One you never use?

Elizabeth: Lush. I never use it, but I love to read it. It’s a very evocative word—we all sense the same thing when we hear it.

As for dislike, well, I’m not a writer of graphic sexual terms.

Dabney: Thanks for talking with me!

Elizabeth Kingston lives in Chicago, where she enjoys writing historical romances, spending too much time on Twitter, and eating her fair share of baked goods. She sincerely hopes you enjoy her writing, and that you’ll share it with others. Her most recent book is House of Cads.

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