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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Elise Cyr

What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Elise Cyr, and I’m a medieval romance writer from New Mexico where the mountains meet the desert.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Siege of the Heart is my debut medieval romance from Kensington imprint Lyrical Press. Set during the Norman Conquest of England, it’s about a knight seeking his place in the world and noblewoman struggling to hold on to all she holds dear. It's the first novel I ever got to “The End” on. It has taught me so much about writing and myself, and I'm so glad to share it with the world.
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
By accident! Stick with me for a moment. When I was writing Siege, the physical description of the hero of the story, Alexandre d’Évreux, matched the features I found to be most attractive in men. Your typical alpha male with long, dark hair and ice-blue eyes. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I unwittingly described the man I would eventually marry, right down to the eye color!
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
My heroine Isabel is my absolute favourite, probably because she’s a brasher, braver, stronger version of me who stands up for what she believes in. She still has very real fears and insecurities, but she doesn’t let that stop her.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I try to stay active by running and hiking in the foothills with my dog. I also like to ride my bike to the coffee shop for my writing sessions. But when I’m really stressed, some kind of shoot-em-up video game is usually the best choice. That, and a glass of wine.
What trait do you find the sexiest?
Brains. I was definitely the clichéd co-ed who fell in love with one of her professors every semester—not that I did anything about it. But in my smarty-pants husband I found the perfect mix of brains, looks, and companionship.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
Usually my characters decide for me. What kind of person are they? Brash and bold, both in and out of the bedroom? Or in the need of some tender loving care? Sometimes a gentle touch can be just as exciting as a highly choreographed sex scene. I try to make every intimate moment count, regardless of how hot they burn.
What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
A gourmet dinner with my husband at a restaurant with linen napkins and a sommelier, since I’m a bit of a foodie. If not that? Then sitting by him on our porch, listening to the desert as it readies for the night.
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
Nothing, really. I treat them as I would any other scene in my story. But I enjoy writing them a heck of a lot more ;)
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Well, I’m a big reader, of course. I love the outdoors, and I love to cook as well, so long as it doesn’t cut into my writing time.
About Siege of the Heart:
He fought for king and country, but that battle was nothing compared to the one he’ll wage for a woman’s heart.
Still reeling from the news of her father’s death during the Norman Conquest, Isabel Dumont is unprepared when trouble arrives at the castle gates. Alexandre d’Évreux, a Norman knight with close ties to England’s new king, has arrived to secure the land and the loyalties of the Dumont family. Desperate to protect her people, Isabel strives to keep the confounding knight at arm’s length and hide the truth about her father’s death.
For Alexandre, the spoils of war come with more than just a generous gift of land. They come with Isabel Dumont. Vowing to marry only for love, Alexandre finds himself in a difficult situation as a conqueror granted dominion over the land and its people. Isabel is the one person capable of helping him win the regard of those living in the war-torn country…if he chooses to accept her.
Just when Alexandre finds a spark of hope that he and Isabel have a chance at love, she vanishes. His quest to find her plunges him deeper into the conquest’s fallout. Was she taken? Or did she leave?
CONTENT WARNING: Entering into this novel may cause extreme affection toward knights of old, admiration for strong-willed women, and the overwhelming belief that love really can conquer all.

About Elise Cyr:
Elise has always loved adventure, romance, and happy endings. She writes primarily in the medieval period. Because there’s still so much we don’t know about that time in history, the writer’s imagination is essential for fleshing out the research and making it come to life on the page. Plus swords and castles are just plain fun.
Elise lives in New Mexico with her husband and the sweetest dog ever. When she’s not writing, she hikes, bikes, cooks, and (of course) reads.
Follow her on twitter (https://twitter.com/EliseCyr), Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/elisecyr1/), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/EliseCyr), or stay up-to-date by checking out her blog: elisecyr.wordpress.com




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