Interview with Lizzie Ashworth

What motivated you to become an indie author?
For my first novel, I went through a lengthy process of obtaining a literary agent. She was very encouraging and taught me a lot about the publishing business. But after several months of editing, when she began pitching the book to publishers, the response was less than enthusiastic. Feedback told us that the problem had nothing to do with the quality of the writing or even the premise. It had to do with mixing genres. The story was set fifty years in the future, included explicit sex and romantic elements, and was paced like an action/adventure. Her advice, after a year of our effort for that work, was to self publish!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess you could say my joy comes from getting into the "zone" where the story unfolds before my very eyes. You know, at first, there's the struggle of how to begin, and then how to frame and plot the story, and then how to discover who the characters are. A lot of this is more about believing in yourself enough to let the words just hit the page and deal with the details later. It's always hard to believe that the story knows what it wants to be. But when it all starts tumbling out, and your hands can't work fast enough to get the words formed, and even while theoretically doing other things, the story is still flowing---that's the joy.
What are you working on next?
Hers to Choose has a sequel, and I've pretty much wrapped it up. Entitled His to Lose, it follows Dan Cannon through more angst after his situation in Hers to Choose. Dan emerged from the first book as a powerful figure. The second book definitely belonged in the series. But I also have another book almost finished. It's also a romance, Delicious Saturday, but not BDSM or quite as explicit as the Cannon Cousins series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most days I'm inspired by the promise of a cup of hot tea, letting the dogs out and getting the first tasks done like a steamy shower and breakfast. But that's all beside the point. I look forward to getting it done so I can sit down at my desk and dive into my writing. Once the computer is on, music is flowing through my Pandora account, and I've checked thru my email, I'd rather have NOTHING to do for the rest of the day except write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I lived in the country, and so there are certain requirements like chasing the deer out of my little garden, or picking up fallen branches to break up for firewood, or staring off into the woods and marveling at the sheer beauty of these mountains. And there are the trips to town for groceries, or to look in on my aging mother, and other details of life that must be attended. I read a lot, too. Television is the thing that saves me from myself--usually I tear myself away from my desk by 5 pm to watch news, enjoy dinner, and then skip through a variety of programs that might be interesting. This helps me relax enough to get sleepy. Otherwise I'd be at my desk all night!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to look through new releases in various genres to see what looks interesting. I also check several blogs to read reviews, as well as looking at recommendations on Goodreads.
What is your writing process?
I get inspired--sometimes it's a dream, or it's an idea based on something I see. That gets the ball rolling. I let it flow until I run out of the inspiration. Then the real work begins. Where is this idea going? What happens next? I've learned the hard way that I can't just blather on, so I have to stop and use the other side of my brain to chart out key action points and decide where the story is going. Once I've slogged through the structural work, then I go back and let myself pour out the details. Sometimes it feels like I'm just channeling a story that already exists in the universe. Which I probably am! They say we just retell the same stories. Only the details are different.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is fun. Yes, there are hours of scrolling through royalty-free image websites, trying to find the perfect image for the story I've created. This can get absurd, really, But usually I'm able to find something that will work at a price I can afford. I keep telling myself that one of these days, I'm going to look through images and find one that's really a zinger, and THEN write the story to fit the image.
What do you read for pleasure?
More erotic romance, of course.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing is still a somewhat challenging process for me. I'm not one to go out on a tour, or book signing event, unless I absolutely have to. I think blog reviews are very effective, however, and I'm hoping to cultivate more relationships with bloggers who like my work.
Published 2013-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Payback Blues
Series: Cannon Cousins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,820. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Dan's abrupt meeting with Riley Montgomery blossoms into intense feelings, not what he wants or needs. Does it hurt to sidetrack into a little spanking of her best friend?
Tangled in Two
Series: Cannon Cousins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,550. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Bryn has counted on both Dan and Alex to fulfill her fantasies. With her family farm on the line and a stalker lurking, does she have a chance for happiness?
Tess and the New Year
Series: House of Rae. Price: Free! Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Tess answers her door, the last person she expects to find is Josh Carter. He comes on a mysterious mission. What a way to start the year!
A Taste of Love: Yule Season in Roman Camp
Price: Free! Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
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Serving their masters even in this remote fortress of Roman occupied Britain, slaves Senna and Tutonius share moments of pleasure amid preparations for the mid-winter feast of Saturnalia.
His Only Love
Price: Free! Words: 15,390. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient
As Saturnalia dawns and Rome’s Legio XIV Gemina prepares for the midwinter celebration despite their station on the far western border of Britannia, Greek slave Antius faces the disaster he set in motion involving his beloved master and legion commander, Marcellus. He takes refuge with his young lover even as an intimate betrayal unfolds between trusted friends.
Emily's Very Special Halloween
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The book fell, quite literally, into Emily’s hands. Bound in blackened ancient leather, the slim volume included a title visible more from the indentation on the leather than by surviving lettering. Spells and Incantations, it said. She had no idea. A short mysterious romance--of sorts.
The Escape
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Elspeth Lady of Hystead rides through the night with her lover Magnus, a warrior Dane she rescued from captivity. Will they survive the journey?
Amanda's Cabinets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ross Stanford works the front office of Superior Cabinet, every day fielding a string of customers and phone calls about the cabinets produced by his stepbrother Charlie and the other men. But he’s never seen a customer quite like Amanda Melrose. She’s all elegant and educated and rich and worst of all, she’s got her eye on him. He should have known better.
Christmas Hideaway
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,130. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Caryn Richardson has just had the shock of her life. She’s running, looking for refuge where she can try to come to terms with what she saw. Then it snows. Then the park ranger shows up, and things get a lot worse—and better.
Holiday Journey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,960. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Flight delays, bad weather—what’s not to loath about holiday travel? Except this time there’s a man daring Giselle to do something she never imagined, something that exceeds her wildest fantasies. Is the temptation worth the risk?
The Lawn Guy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Rose Blevins stands at her window watching Justin mow her lawn. She couldn’t be more conflicted. The loss of her husband still haunts her days. Does she dare act on her desire? A short contemporary romance.
In Need of Repair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,050. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Samantha Hunt only has three weeks left before her deadline. Then the noise starts--air compressor, hammering, table saw. She marches out of her garage apartment and confronts Mr. Biceps, lord over the chaos wrecking her concentration. She should know better when he offers her use of his house so she can pursue her project in quiet.
Caerwin & Marcellus
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,280. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Romance » Historical
An ambitious Roman commander captures a fiery maid of Britannia and forces her to his will. A story of conquest and love set in the glory days of empire, their struggle to meet each other’s needs and expectations exposes the underbelly of Rome’s legal system, its dependence on slavery, and sexual secrets from Marcellus’ past. Can young Caerwin survive unexpected challenges to her womanhood?
Caerwin and the Roman Dog
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,970. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
In the bloody first century Roman conquest of Britannia, a Celtic maid vows to kill the Roman commander who holds her life in his hands. Despite her hatred, her body responds to this man's forceful seduction. And despite his callous intent to use her as his slave, his feelings for her soon conflict with his military duty and the sordid ties of his past.
The Captive
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lady Elspeth hides away to take her pleasure with a captured Danish warrior. He gives her much more than she ever imagined.
Ruthless Invader
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
In 5th century England, natives join to fight off invading bands of Saxons. With her husband Bedwyr off at battle, Nefyn lingers at their homestead hoping for one last visit before she flees to the mountains with the last of their belongings. The door latch rattles and she is suddenly confronted with a tall warrior and the risk of rape and death. There is no escape from his brutal conquest.
Dare to Ask
Price: Free! Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A spur of the moment dare forces a woman to blurt out an invitation to a younger man. Instantly regretful, she wants to drive away and never come back. Worse, he accepts. Now what?
The Dane's Bride
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Married against her will in order to save her father and their village, a Saxon maid faces her wedding night with a brutish Danish warrior. He stands across the firepit from her, leering as he demands she remove her clothing. Does he mean to take her on the floor like the animal he is?
Series: House of Rae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,620. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A tangled web spreads its tentacles around Josh Carter and his true love Anne’s new life on the California coast as her groundbreaking teamwork in biomechanics threatens a powerful psion. What evil force wants to stop a possible cure for brown death? Is sex energy losing its power to heal this insidious killer? Broken, Josh stumbles back to pleasuring women at the House of Rae.
Jarrod Bancroft: The Novel
Series: Jarrod Bancroft. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,090. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
It started innocently enough. A rich young man in search of adventure in sadistic humiliation. An older woman intent on her profession as dominatrix. Their crossed paths should have been six weeks of a purely business relationship. But things never go as planned. Includes all five previously published novellas of this series, now in one convenient, red-hot book.
Series: House of Rae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the year 2056, Josh Carter sets out on his mission. His assignment: destroy the Kansas City House of Rae, flagship establishment of a flourishing prostitution trade catering to women. Amid rampant fire and diminishing food supplies, the nation is desperate for a cure to a mysterious illness that only pleasure energy can heal. Who will be saved?
Faint Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,560. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Cara Carson only wants one thing, and it isn’t a man. Morgan Woods never believed in love. A sea of mud brings them together and for a few shining moments, what they have is too good to be true. Then old wounds resurface to inflict even more pain. Can two broken people find a way to trust again?
Jarrod Bancroft Book I: A Gift for Jarrod
Series: Jarrod Bancroft, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 20,940. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Jarrod had it all but it came too easy. Something was missing. When he signed up for Stonybrook Academy, he wanted to be pushed hard. He didn't expect to want Madam and the torment she bestowed. Macie prided herself on the thoroughness of her training. It was business, and she was a professional. But she had a past and so did he, and as Christmas neared, the past caught up with them. A novella.
His to Lose
Series: Cannon Cousins, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,840. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Riley's courage falters after she pursues her fantasy domination of Dan. Unexpected attacks on Cannon Company complicate the situation. Did she go too far?
Hers to Choose
Series: Cannon Cousins, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 55,200. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Bryn’s emergency plan for income is already out of control. Standing on her porch watching two gorgeous men walk toward her, she thinks maybe she hadn’t fully appreciated how deer hunting with side benefits could become so complicated. Alex stuns her with his warmth and charm, but the cold and angry Dan is to be her master. When the first spanking sparks her passions, she wants them both.