Crave author Elizabeth Roderick stopped by today to give us a deeper look into her story Beautiful Music featured in our new anthology.
I wrote Beautiful Music when I was in a romantic slump and needed something to make my heart lighter. It worked!
The story is about Nicole Vetterman, a successful, thirty-something musician and songwriter who is starting to come to terms that she’s aging in a business that doesn’t allow for women to age gracefully without a fight. Outwardly, she’s doing great: she recently won a Grammy, she’s working on a new album. But she’s recently lost a long-term partner and is wondering if her love life is over forever.
Then she meets Ibrahim. He’s an extremely talented (and VERY sexy) electronic dance music artist. He’s kind and has an infectious smile …she can’t help but fall in love with him, even though they’ve only spent one memorable night together. There’s a hitch, though: he’s nine years younger than her.
Despite how much she wants to pursue something more meaningful with him, she’s plagued by self-doubt. He must be using her for her industry connections, because how can he be attracted to an old woman like her? She feels like everyone else must be laughing at her behind her back, and that she’s deluding herself thinking she could be worthy of his love.
I know Nicole’s struggle well. I’m in a relationship with a younger man, and it took me a lot of effort to train myself out of that self-doubt. Writing this story was part of that training.
Life is so much better if you allow yourself to see your own value and let yourself be happy. We all are beautiful and worthy of love. Give that love, accept it, rejoice in it!
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Let’s get know Elizabeth a little better…
Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?
A little of both, honestly. Being a writer gives my life meaning in a way few other things do. It’s a way to create worlds where mysteries are solved, love wins, and the antagonists always learn their lesson. I can create beauty, and make the real world a little more beautiful in the process.
But it also keeps me up at night and keeps me fairly poor 😀
What’s something you are really good at that only a few people know about?
I studied ethnobotany in college, and I make a lot of my own medicines and cosmetics out of herbs. I’m also a musician, with two albums of original music…I wish more than a few people knew about that.
What is the best compliment you have received about your writing?
An Amazon reviewer said that The Other Place is “Beautiful beyond words”. I’ll take it!
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I currently have eleven finished books on my backlist. None of them are shelved – I’m just slow at pitching them. I have two works in progress, plus a memoir that is mostly done but needs arranged. I have two more half-finished books that I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to.
Do you Google yourself?
I haven’t in a long time! Now I’m inspired to do so.
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Lord of the Rings series!
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do – but I don’t take either bad or good ones to heart. They’re opinions, which can vary widely.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
I already give up plenty of time and hope of easier income in order to chase the dream of writing stories so perfect they never let me go. I’d give up even more if it meant I could be a better paid author.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
What’s the sexiest accent?
Oooh, good question. I love any accent, but I’d probably go with Scottish.
What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?
Probably regency – but I don’t trust my research enough to write it myself.
Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks? Why?
I prefer reading traditional books, but I prefer owning ebooks. I live in a tiny house (250 square feet). I had to get rid of so many books!
Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
Yes, although I’m self-employed. I help run a small farm (we grow and sell fruit, veggies, eggs, and honey, as well as nursery products and some crafts). I’m also a freelance editor.
Do you chose the genre you write in or did it choose you?
I write soooo many genres. They always choose me.
What are your favorite types of characters to write?
Quirky ones. I enjoy writing about weirdos, because I truly am one.
To learn more about Elizabeth visit her website at: http://talesfrompurgatory.com/
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