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lizanew_smallWGR is thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know award-winning poet and author E. G. Parsons. Elizabeth, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today.

 

1.) I noticed on your website that you have quite a diverse collection of published books on the market: historical, paranormal, suspense, poetry, even a young adult title. What do you most enjoy writing, and why?

 

If I had to choose one, I’d have to say suspense. My first book was a suspense thriller and then I switched to romance. My romance novels always have an element of suspense because I’ve never been able to get away from that angle in a story. I can’t explain why it’s my favorite. It just seems to come more naturally for me when writing.

 

2.) Our reviewer was very impressed with your knowledge of the 1800s in your novel, Black Rock. How did you go about researching that time period, and did you enjoy the research?

 

I think all writers as well as readers have their favorite time periods and for me it’s the 1800’s. I’m not sure I’d want to give up all my modern conveniences and travel back to live in that era, but it would certainly be tempting. My love for that time in history has resulted in my having a good knowledge of that way of life, but I did have to research some things for Black Rock: A Time For Love. I made use of my local library and the Internet for researching things like famous outlaws and transportation. Train travel was very popular back then. You could travel all the way from the east coast to the west coast by train, but I needed to find out if it was available for the area in which my novel takes place. It was a hard find. Took me a couple of weeks just to find that one thing, but I loved it and found myself getting sidetracked by all the other interesting things I found.

 

3.) Your bio says that you come from a large family. Has your upbringing impacted your writing? If so, how?

 

I do come from a fairly large family and now have an enormous extended family. Knowing intimately such a large and diverse group of people has definitely had an impact on my writing, especially when it comes to characterizations. My family moved around quite a bit when I was growing up and I think all the different locations and cultures was great fodder for the imagination. 

 

4.) What is your favorite way to spend an afternoon?

 

If the weather is nice, I love taking long, leisurely strolls along the creek bank with my husband. If it’s a little too cold for that, I love curling up under my favorite throw in front of a roaring fire with a great book or with my hubby. J

 

5.) Say Black Rock; A Time For Love is going to be made into a major motion picture and you, as the author, get to select the actors! Who would play the part of Roxanne? Collin? The dastardly Brad Wellman?

 

Kate Beckinsale for Roxanne. Most people probably associate her more with movies like Underworld, but I saw her in a Jane Austin movie with very little makeup and she was fantastic. For Brad, Maybe Matthew Davis or Mark Wahlburg with lightened hair. I’m not sure about Collin. Most of the male actors I love are a little too old to play a thirty year old or they’re British. Maybe Orlando Bloom or Josh Jackson.

 

6.) Who, in your opinion, is the greatest romance hero of all time?

 

Hum… I don’t think I could pick just one. Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind or Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice or Darby in Waiting For The Rain or my own Ambrose in Captive Fear or…well you get the picture. I’m a push over for a great hero. J

 

7.) On your website it says that you live with your husband, sons, and a boxer named Charlie. Do you ever feel outnumbered by the male presence in your home?

 

Oh, yeah. J There are days when just the sound of another female voice on the phone is reason for celebration. It’s hard to let my very romantic, female side have free reign when I’m always being out voted by the males. But they’re all generous about letting me have my way, so it’s okay.

 

8.) You spent your childhood living in both Florida and Michigan. What’s your best memory of each state?

 

Playing on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan and stuffing my face with big, purple, frost plums. In Florida, the Atlantic Ocean and having the everglades as my back yard. Both wild and wonderful places to grow up.    

 

9.) In Black Rock, Roxanne and Colin were brought together by supernatural circumstances. How did you meet your own real life hero?

 

Nothing as dramatic as that. LOL. We met online in a yahoo chat room. He lived a thousand miles away and I say it was fate, he calls it fortunate circumstance. Whatever it was, I’m grateful.

 

10.) Are there any new E. G. Parsons books in the works?

 

Winter of the Heart came out in January and like Black Rock, it’s a paranormal historical. At present I’m working on a contemporary women’s fiction titled Then Comes Spring.

 

11.) Where can readers go to find out all the latest EGP news?

 

You can visit my site at http://egparsons.com or my blog at http://elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

I’d like to thank WGR for the fabulous review of Black Rock: A Time For Love and for the great interview.

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blackrock_small_smallBlack Rock: A Time for Love

By E. G. Parsons

The Wild Rose Press, January 2008

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rock-E-G-Parsons/dp/1601541716

Author website: http://egparsons.com  

 

 

 

This book has been on my TBR (To Be Read) pile for quite awhile. I was waiting until I was in the mood for a good historical romance to read it. What a mistake that was! If I had known just how good Black Rock: A Time for Love was going to be I would have read it weeks ago.

 

The author sets the stage for this wonderfully intriguing story with a brief prologue. The year is 1846. On a small ranch in the town of Wild Rose, Texas, two ranch hands have mysteriously disappeared inside the magnificent black rock from which Black Rock Ranch takes its name.

 

As the story opens, more than fifty years later, twenty-year-old Roxanne Ingram is looking forward to returning home to Black Rock Ranch after ten years in a Boston girls’ school. Shortly before her departure, Roxanne gets word that her beloved father has passed away, and she will be retuning as sole heir to the family ranch. Confusion is added to grief, when, attempting to settle the estate, Roxanne discovers the date of birth recorded for her in the family Bible does not match the one she has always known to be her true birth date. Touring the ranch, which she now owns, Roxanne has an unexpected encounter with Collin, who has come to study the giant black rock on the edge of her property. She is outraged by his rudeness, but can’t help being attracted to the irresistibly handsome Colin. Shortly after her encounter with Colin, Roxanne meets charming Brad Wellman, the wealthy rancher whose property adjoins her own. As both men vie for her affections, it becomes a race against time for the two men — one a deadly villain, and the other a prince charming who holds the key to the shocking secrets of Roxanne’s origin.

 

If you’re looking for a beautiful historical romance you need look no further than Black Rock: A Time For Love. The author is so in tune with the late 1800s that it almost seems as though she must have lived them in a former life. The clothing, customs, and dialogue are written to perfection as the story moves seamlessly from one breathtaking scene to the next. The paranormal twist to this story is a most intriguing and welcome bonus. Roxanne is a thoroughly likeable heroine, and Colin will steal your breath away! I highly recommend this book to any lover of paranormal and/or historical fiction, or to anyone who just plain loves a good story.

 

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