What are your favorite TV shows? I would like to thank who ever invented DVRs. My life would stink without the ability to record the multitude of shows I want to watch. I used to have stacks of VCR tapes and I would reuse them until they broke. It is so much easier now. We watch Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Nashville, Glee, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and several others!
How do you react to a bad review of your book? Just the other day I read a bad review of Cera’s Place. The reader didn’t like the love scenes. In this case, I didn’t feel too bad. I think I could be the best writer in the world but this reader still wouldn’t like my stories because of the sex. And that’s ok. There have been other reviews, though, that made me very sad and depressed. You just try your best and learn and grow.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. Very Tough Skin
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? I think I would choose Paris. My husband has had some travel-heavy jobs, so we’ve been lucky to go to several places in Europe, but I haven’t been to France. I’d like to see why it is the city of love.
Do you have any special routines or rituals? I have a touch of OCD, so routines help me with my anxiety. As far as writing routines, before I can do anything with my current work in progress, I have to check all my social sites, book pages and sales reports. Then I can settle down and write.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering? I want to try a contemporary romance. The working title is Homecoming, and would revolve around a woman at her high school reunion. There would be conflicts with an ex-husband, a high school boyfriend, and some catty high school girlfriends. It doesn’t matter how accomplished you are in life, once you’re back with your high school peers, all the insecurities come out. I think it will be a story that everyone can relate to.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it? “There's no right way of writing. There's only your way.” ― Milton Lomask
A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love
After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.
Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.
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Just released! Venice in the Moonlight - a story of vengeance, forgiveness, and love
Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, she felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.
Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.
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