Elizabeth Noble on Jewel Cave and Researching Outside the Box ~ Guest Blog

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Jewel Cave

Title: Jewel Cave
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: TL Bland
Publication Date:04/01/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay, Mystery, Thriller

Blurb:

Through ten wonderful years Griff Diamond and Clint Bishop weathered good times and bad together. Lately they haven’t spent as much time together as they’d like, and their physical relationship is suffering. Then Clint loses his job at the steel mill. Instead of worrying, he sees it as an opportunity to lean on his steady partner, start his writing career, and rekindle the passion they’ve lost.

But a friendly relationship with another author turns to obsession, putting Clint’s life in danger. Taken against his will to the Jewel Cave system in South Dakota, Clint must rely on the skills he’s learned from Griff to survive.

Fearing the worst, Griff tracks Clint across the country. As a US Marshall, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.

Thank you for hosting me today!

Researching Outside the Box:

One of the questions I’m most asked is: where do your characters come from?

I can’t honestly say, they just sort of appear. The more interesting and important question I think would be: Where does your character development come from?

There is a lot that goes into developing one character, let alone several characters. Since each of the Circles books features different main characters I wanted to be sure they weren’t simply repeats of one another. This meant creating a variety of men. My second goal was to have the couples in different types of relationships. The first two books feature a combination of new loves and established relationships.

The men, Griff and Clint, who are the main characters in Jewel Cave have a longer established relationship, ten years together. Their story is one of rekindling the spark of their relationship and rediscovering each other.

Creating all these different characters requires research. I had to do the customary things, of course, deciding where they live and what their jobs were and how those related to and impacted the story. There is a T-shirt I see advertised periodically that says something like ‘Don’t annoy the writer, you may end up in my novel.” That is so true of many folks I encounter, annoying or otherwise.

My real research into characters doesn’t take place online or in a library, but in my day-to-day life. I’ve never considered myself a terribly observant person, but it turns out I am. I pay attention to the people I meet in the course of my day and make note of many of their behavioral aspects. Some of those traits are interesting, some annoying, but they all make for well-rounded characters.

Another little trick I have is to keep a list of things people tell me about. Interesting, fun or just plain bizarre experiences, likes and dislikes can add tremendous depth to characters. My goal is to avoid cookie-cutter characters and create memorable men whose lives readers want to know more about.

About the Author:

200-by-200Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.

Author Links:

Website  http://www.elizabeth-noble.com

Circles website:  http://elizabeth-noble-circles.weebly.com/

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/i398-elizabeth-noble

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.noble.77

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Noble/120757231345733

Google+ pages:  https://plus.google.com/110207268360224371489/posts

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Twitter: @elizabethnoble1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethnoble1/

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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