Monday, 25 September 2017

Ship of Dreams by Elaine LeClaire

Lillian Csernica's fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Fantastic Stories, After the Happily Ever After, and Killing it Softly. She takes particular pleasure in writing historical fiction. Fans of steampunk will enjoy her Kyoto Steampunk short stories appearing in Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, and Some Time Later available from Thinking Ink Press. Lillian's nonfiction how-to titles include The Writer's Spellbook and The Fright Factory. History is her passion, jewelry making her hobby, and glass blowing the next item on her Bucket List. Born in San Diego, Lillian is a genuine California native. She currently resides in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband, two sons, and three cats. Visit her at

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About the Book

Lady Rosalind Hanshaw sails to Jamaica to tell her brother of their father's untimely death. When her ship is attacked by an infamous French pirate, she jumps overboard to save herself yet again. But the Black Angel refuses to let her get away--he demands her body. To her horror, after one sensual touch she longs to give it to him.

Revenge. It had never tasted so good nor loomed so near. But though he will soon see his beautiful captive's surrender, Alexandre de Marchant's plan to deflower and then ransom his worst enemy's fiancee is in ruins. He has begun to doubt himself. He is a man who will risk everything for a bold beauty who's earned his respect. Now he just has to win her heart.

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

What genres do you write?

Historical, romance, fantasy, steampunk

Is there a genre that you've been wanting to experiment with?

Mysteries. It takes real skill to plot the actual crime, then tell the story of how the detectives pursue the investigation.

What inspires you to write?

Questions. What if? Why? Why right now? Who would do such a thing?

How often do you write?


If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?

Tanith Lee or Esther Friesner

When did you first consider yourself an author?

When I made my first short story sale.

What are your goals as an author?

I want to launch The Flower Maiden Saga, a historical series set in Japan between a girl born British but raised Japanese and a samurai fallen on hard times.

What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author?

"This is weird even by our standards!" (My first sale, a horror short story.)

If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?

Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner), The Portable Dorothy Parker, Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett), The Art of the Personal Essay, and Writing Open the Mind (Andy Couturier).

What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again?

The Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett and The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

What is your writing process?

Write the rough draft, chasing every idea, anything goes. Then I go through five drafts, checking story structure, character arcs, worldbuilding, and emotional resonance.

Are you a pantser or outliner?

It depends on the idea and the size of it. Mostly I'm a planner.

How do you come up with the titles for your books?

Titles spring full born from my mind like Athena, which is rare, or I really struggle to come up with something that sparkles.

Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?

It's always a mixture of both. I'll start with using a real-life incident, then tinker with it according to the needs of the story.

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Less talking, more writing.

Do you have anything specific you'd like to say to your readers?

Thank you. You all mean so much to me.

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