I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time
Please welcome Elia Winters author of Combustion.
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by Elia Winters
Thanks for having me on the blog today!
What or who inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing my entire life, and my family has always been supportive. My parents were never too busy to read what I was writing. Their encouragement has been instrumental in my desire to keep writing, and eventually to make it my career.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?
I’m always on the lookout for book ideas! For Combustion, my most recent book, I knew I wanted to write in the Steampunk genre because I enjoy retro-futurism so much, and with the genre’s focus on gadgets, the concept of Steampunk sex toys came to me right away. I tend to gravitate toward a concept first, then start figuring out my characters and adapt the concept accordingly.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
I don’t think I can overestimate my geekiness. With geeks being trendy right now, it isn’t until I start waxing poetic about band camp and my love of fanfiction that people tend to realize exactly how deep this geek well goes. Geek is in my soul. It’s probably my defining quality.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I’m working on a contemporary erotic romance right now called Keeping Score. It’s about a game designer who spends a wild weekend with a guy at a gaming convention, then finds out he’s going to be her coworker. I’m also planning a sequel to Purely Professional, which I’m honored is a double RITA finalist this year, so that’s next on the list after I finish Keeping Score. I’m trying to write more frequently and hope to establish a publishing routine of two books a year starting within the next two years.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
I’d like to be Bridget from Purely Professional. She’s confident, sexy, and gets to have hot and kinky sex with Max. I love Astrid from Combustion, but I couldn’t live her life: she knows way more about machines than I do. I’d blow myself up.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel Combustion, who would play your leading roles?
This is a surprisingly easy answer for me. I’d cast Carey Mulligan as Astrid and Jude Law as Eli.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
I’d submitted to agents and publishers in the past with no luck. I took a big break from that – almost ten years – and just wrote to get better and because I loved writing. Then I spent a long time revising a fantasy novel and returned to the query game with it while I was editing Purely Professional. Eventually, many rejections later, I took a long, hard look at that fantasy novel and realized it just wasn’t as good as it needed to be. I loved it, but it wasn’t good enough a concept to publish. Around the same time, I finished Purely Professional and realized it was good. My beta reader confirmed that it was ready, so I queried Saritza Hernandez, my dream agent, and the rest is history.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
The best advice I’ve received is to be your own audience first. That’s been invaluable: when I love what I’m writing, I have the energy to sustain me through the long editing process. The worst advice I’ve received is to write what you know. That’s not bad advice, per se, but it wasn’t advice that could sustain me. Eventually, you have to work beyond what you know and research to fill in the gaps. I’m trying to write more diverse characters in my upcoming books, and I’m a cisgender white woman, so I’m trying my best to be respectful to characters of backgrounds beyond my own and keep my own privilege in mind while I write. I wouldn’t be confident trying that if I stuck to “write what you know.”
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I outline roughly, start writing, deviate horribly from my outline and then write a new outline once I’ve finished my first draft and really gotten comfortable with the characters. Then I revise to fit the updated outline.
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
I’m a gamer: tabletop, computer, console and role-playing. That tends to crop up in my books, as I’m starting to write more and more characters who game. Also, I’m kinky, and my love of rope and toys shows up all throughout my books.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
I have a few. One of my all-time favorites is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, which has been profoundly inspirational in my own spiritual journey. I also love The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I tend to gravitate toward books with strong female characters: if I were to continue the list (The Poisonwood Bible, Oryx and Crake…) that would remain a trend.
Anything else you might want to add?
I’m so honored to be here today and hope people enjoy Combustion. Also, the Romance Writers of America are livestreaming the RITA awards next weekend, July 25th, so tune in for the best in romance this year, and you’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of me trying to look fancy. Thanks again for having me on the blog!
A war orphan, Astrid Bailey is content living her adult life alone, working as a contract machinist. Her real passion, though, is inventing felicitation devices that promote women’s sexual empowerment and help them find pleasure independent of a man.
The upcoming World’s Fair, with its substantial cash prize, is an opportunity to open the shop she’s always imagined and hopefully solve her financial woes. Except the committee has denied her entry unless she obtains a “sponsor”. Astrid suspects they mean “male”.
Eli Rutledge, noted watchmaker, knows entering the fair will solidify his reputation as an innovator —but he’s fresh out of ideas. Until Astrid approaches him with her outrageous product line. With no other options, though, he agrees to lend her his good name.
As construction heats up, so does their chemistry—and the complications. Astrid is unaccustomed to asking for help, much less sharing credit. And Eli fights an attraction that could spell professional disaster. As the Fair date approaches, Astrid and Eli must decide how far they’ll go. For the business…and for each other.
Product Warnings Contains period-appropriate graphic language, highly inappropriate amounts of M/F and F/F sex, and copious amounts of *ahem* product testing. May *ahem again* “spark” an online shopping binge for *cough* toys. Of the adult variety.
When she met his eyes again, her gaze was resolute. “Mr. Rutledge, I don’t mean to give the wrong impression. It’s very kind of you to come meet with us, when I’m sure there are other things you could be doing.” Astrid put her shoulders back slightly, straightening. “But whether you realize it or not, you’re the very reason we women need groups like this.” With a wave of her hand, she gestured to the other ladies gathered in the room. “You have nothing in common with us. You inherited a successful business from your father, who was already a prominent businessman, and your greatest achievement is to not yet have run it into the ground. Other people have given you everything you’ve ever needed. As a man, you can get a position on the Chamber of Commerce or the Fair Board or the IFCT or the London Business Council or whatever, and know that when you talk, people will listen. And I’m very happy that you have the money to own a shop and rent a booth at the World’s Fair, but to assume that everyone else is in the same position as you demonstrates how completely clueless you are about the plight of women business owners in this city. So no, you haven’t said anything to offend me. Everything about you offends me.”
The room had gone silent, and Eli stood frozen, staring down into Astrid’s face, into her dark eyes that suddenly widened as she realized the magnitude of what she had just said. She flushed, her face and neck and collarbones turning a rosy shade of pink, and she pressed one hand to her lips before turning and rushing from the room.
As she left, Eli watched her go with numb shock. Her words had been incredibly rude, and he couldn’t help but feel stung. What shocked him the most, though, was his sudden and overwhelming urge to kiss her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.
Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.
Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website ( http://eliawinters.com/), you can also find her on
Tumblr ( http://eliawinters.tumblr.com/) ,
Pinterest ( http://www.pinterest.com/eliawinters),
and Goodreads ( http://goodreads.com/eliawinters).
Combustion is available from Samhain Publishing (https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5416/combustion), Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Combustion-Elia-Winters-ebook/dp/B00TLIGATW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428684169&sr=8-1&keywords=combustion+elia+winters),
Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/combustion-elia-winters/1121228845?ean=9781619224322), and other ebook retailers
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Elia will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.