Interview with Eliza March

When did you first start writing?
My first job was writing a syndicated gossip column for two small Long Island newspapers. I began serious novel writing in 2004 after taking a creative writing course in college. My first two novellas were accepted by two different small publishers in 2008 and were published in 2009.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the second book in the Hearts of Darkness series that I began writing about two years ago. After a brief setback with breast cancer, I forged ahead and completed them and published book 1 Defeat the Darkness in 2013 and book 2 Conquer the Highland Beast in January of 2014. Book 3 Damn the Darkness is scheduled to be released at the end of April 2015.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The books I've written for publishers fit into a very specific genre and conform to their specifications. When I had other ideas and my muse took my stories off in different directions, where could I go? They didn't fit into the mold. So in order to stay true to the story and my muse, I decided to self publish.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. These are people who share the same interests as I do...my stories. They are the people who get me. They're out there writing reviews and promoting my books, recommending my work where ever and when ever. How could I not love them?
What are you working on next?
Completing the third book in the Hearts of Darkness series, Damn the Darkness is next on my agenda. Simultaneously, I wrote a novella [Witch's Tattoo] for an anthology released at The Wild Rose Press.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am both a freelance editor for independent authors and also edit for a small press.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes like a first love. The book is a romantic suspense called Across A Crowded Room and is available under my pseudonym Elizabeth Marchat.
What is your writing process?
I use bullet lists of ideas, thoughts, character sketches, and scenes. I expand on those and then write a synopsis. I have a tendency to write the middle of the book first, then the beginning and eventually the end. But other times I have a clear view of the final scene and may work on it while I'm writing the synopsis.

I edit each scene I wrote then write from where I left off the previous day. So edits overlap my writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm doing my own for now. My vision is easier to create than to explain.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything. JR Ward, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Laurel K. Hamilton, Karen Marie Moning are a few of my favorite authors. But I love Grisham and Cussler, Patterson and DeMille. I prefer genre fiction. over literary fiction, happy endings over angsty ones.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was career military, so a different school every year or two was the norm for me. As a result I learned how to make friends fast and be outgoing. We traveled extensively and lived in other countries where language barriers made communicating difficult. I learned to be observant. The spoken word, is not as telling as the nuance of language or the physical reactions, i.e. body language. When writing my characters, this becomes a great tool. Another advantage I use from my past is my ability to describe a variety of different locals. Sometimes I have to keep my story from reading like a travelogue.
Published 2015-03-07.
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Books by This Author

Cyber Tracked: The Cobra Project
Series: Across A Crowded Room, IATO. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 28,860. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The former hacker, Rowan O'Malley's going to take some convincing that Cade James' black-ops group are the good guys, references or no references. The former SEAL, has no idea how capable the fragile beauty is, physically and intellectually, but when his perfect fantasy woman is more willing to seduce him before trusting him with her life or her project...he’s angry and worried.
Hair Of The Were: Luna De La Mar Salon And Spa (As The Chair Turns Book 1)
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 50,240. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Magic is real. The fix is in.when Delia lands the hairdressing job of a lifetime. After one taste of faery nectar, the fae knowledge banks open to her. Who knew the town was filled with supernatural beings just fitting in? Frankie, her hot boss, is a Werewolf; the massage therapists are catshifters; her best friends are witches, and Delia likes being human. Her life is about to drastically change.
The Gemini Prophecy - A Fae Myth
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 28,040. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Destiny stares at you in dreams then confronts you in waking nightmares. Two sixteen-year-old Irish girls, stumble upon a magical book hidden within the standing stones. Believing the mythology is just an interesting tale about immortal killers, vengeful gods, and age-old battles, they take the stories lightly--until the book mentions a deadly rift split the fae and their ancestors.
Cyber Seduction: Across A Crowded Room 3
Series: Across A Crowded Room, IATO. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 38,240. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Cyber Seduction, 3 – The final installment of Across a Crowded Room. Emily and Jason barely escape Monte Carlo with their identities intact. The final step in their plan includes enticing Mosel to follow Emily back to Washington, DC where they expect him to meet with the terrorists and their contact. Although the danger to her escalates, it’s imperative to uncover the mole in their organization.
The Monte Carlo Affair: Across A Crowded Room
Series: Across A Crowded Room, IATO. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 43,320. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Emily has loved and trusted Jason for years...now he must trust her.
Innocence Lost: Across A Crowded Room 1
Series: Across A Crowded Room, IATO. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 33,170. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
While working with IATO, agent Jason DesJardin survives a deadly explosion that injures his partner and kills his mentor. After discovering evidence of a mole in the organization, guilt, a dark secret, and the need to protect his mentor's daughter, prevents Jason from returning to her and exposing her to danger. Emily proves she's capable when she goes undercover to find her father's killer.
Dual Bondage: Roped and Tied
Series: Hollywood Cowboys · Erotic Journeys. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,860. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Twins who are opposite sides of the coin present a challenge for Mariah, inexperienced but curious about the world of BDSM. She's in love with one and intrigued by the other.
The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic
Series: Dragon Mountain. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off!) Words: 58,700. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
One special fae woman, destined for two alpha shifters, must convince them they are not human and things are about to change, drastically. She has the power to seduce them into compliance but what she really wants is love. Finalist in the Golden Quill Awards, erotic paranormal entry.
Trouble in the Tropics: Cyber Espionage Romance
Series: Across A Crowded Room, IATO. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 26,420. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Romance » New adult
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Cyber specialist, Sage Deming committed herself to the NSA, after spring break—her first—hot sun, white sand, and mindless sex, until a series of deadly encounters threaten to interrupt her plans. Colonel Ryan O'Malley returns after a two-year deployment with a goal to relax before his next cyber security assignment. Is it just dumb luck or fate he's there when Sage is almost run down?
ANY WAY WEST: Karlie's Wild Ride
Series: Hollywood Cowboys · Erotic Journeys. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,350. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Two years is a long time to be alone struggling with a ranch and a broken heart…Karlie isn't prepared to have her first love show up on her doorstep with a financial offer she can't refuse and a physical promise she hasn’t forgotten. The hunky sidekick Jonathan claims is his partner is charming enough to make Karlie forget why she should turn down their offer.
Vaewolf: Damn the Darkness: The Prophecy's Promise (Hearts of Darkness Book 3)
Series: Hearts of Darkness, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 88,870. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Dylan Macgregor overcame years of darkness, but until he faces the loss of his life mate, he doesn’t understand true loss. Suddenly the vow he made to Jackson’s father may be his greatest challenge when Jackson imprints on Caitlin, Dylan's life mate. Neither man will risk binding Caitlin, but the demons want her, too. Too bad vampires don't share, Caitlin considers seduction and faerie dust.
Sultry Santorini Sunsets [Erotic Journeys]
Series: Erotic Journeys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,840. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Emotionless warriors of Atlantis, pledged to sensuality, seek redemption and salvation . . . Three thousand years ago, six warriors of Atlantis pledged themselves to the Goddess of Sensuality, exchanging emotions for heightened senses and immortality to protect what remained of their lost world with a promise of a future with the one woman who can return their lost emotions and everlasting love.
The Leopard, The Lion, and The Wolf
Series: Dragon Mountain. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,500. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Mackenzie’s ménage fantasy comes to life when she’s snowbound with Sky Castle Lodge partners, Adam and Trent. For Kenzie, the strange sensations, the sexual need, and the awkwardness all suddenly make sense when she discovers she's a shape-shifter and so are the men she's trapped with. Can she accept them both? Will they be willing to share?
Witch of Air and Fire: The Secret Within
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 22,140. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Imagine a soul-mate reaching deep into your dreams who waited centuries for you. That's Cian, the ultimate lover and consummate hero on so many levels. Candace, the spunky virgin witch with the power to fulfill an ancient prophecy, was nothing he and Regan his friend expected and everything they needed. Will two alpha warlocks share the woman they love to save the world?
Defeat the Darkness: Demons of the Bayou [Hearts of Darkness, Book 1]
Series: Hearts of Darkness, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,680. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Possessed by evil, ruled by lust, driven by hunger. Can love defeat the darkness? When Kyle is bitten by a rogue jaguar, his life turns into a bad "B" movie. Back in New Orleans, he fights the demon, but will the price be too high?
Conquer the Highland Beast:The Vampire Dylan Macgregor
Series: Hearts of Darkness, Book 2. Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 67,050. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Highland warrior, Dylan Macgregor learns revenge will not bring him peace. Three-hundred years after being turned on a battlefield by an ancient born vampire, Dylan still battles the darkness,..until he meets his life-mate, FBI profiler Special Agent Caitlin Donovan. How will he keep her safe when he discovers she's targeted for death by the demons invading his territory?
More Than A Stud
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,620. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Carina's biological clock is ticking and her young intel officer wants to be more than her stud.
Hot Highland Fling [Erotic Journeys]
Series: Erotic Journeys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,650. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013 by Eliza March. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Free lance writer, Ailsa Jackson is finished dating executives. She’s looking for hot sexual fantasies with a man who fits her needs, “All muscle, stamina and no commitment.” The assignment in the UK sounds perfect when she's assigned to interview an American CEO who recently inherited lands and a title in Scotland. But his deception could ruin everything if lust does't turn to love quickly.