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1st Anniversary Issue ~ February 2001
-- When two heads are even better than one!
PNR Poll: We Want More............Romance!
Elizabeth Keys is the pseudonym for the multi-award winning writing team, Susan C Stevenson and Mary Lou Frank. As lifelong friends who finished each others sentences and shared a love for reading romance fiction, it was natural for us to begin the adventure of creating our own stories together.
People frequently ask us how two people manage to write as a team, and the best answer we've been able to come up with is that we cannot imagine writing without one another. It truly helps to have another brain to bounce ideas off or park characters and thoughts in.
of both New Jersey Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America for
seven years, we currently juggle life and beginning our professional
writing career with the support of our two husbands, six children and
assorted pets. Susan is the Vice President of a local bank and Mary
Irish Blessing series we are creating for Zebra Ballad Romance highlights
our belief in achieving your heart's desire through love's special magic.
The Reilly brothers:
Each brother has his own reason for wanting to be the one to set things right during their father's illness. Each finds the path toward their goal and the one fate has in mind are not the same. And with the help of an ancient family heritage, each discovers their true destiny in the arms of an enticing stranger with an agenda all her own.
Strong characters with deep motivations and conflict, twisted together with a little magic and a lot of passion--Just the kind of stories we like to read ourselves!
We hope you will enjoy them!
PNR: You ladies are lifelong friends. Have either or you written/published individually?
K: Not fiction, although
Mary Lou was previously the managing editor
PNR: How was the collaboration formed and how does it work? Do you brainstorm? Take individual aspects and work on them separately?
K: Our love of reading romance
novels naturally led us into discussing
we brainstorm continually until we know the characters and basicplot,
do work on separate parts (we like to think of them as story arcs) but
K: Oh, definitely easier! There's
is a special trust between us that
Your series is the "Irish Blessing"
series. Can you tell us something about the blessing, how it came about?
What effect it has on your characters?
experience The Blessing in different ways, but it is unmistakable--the
The values are just a reflection of our writing style. We like heroes who are strong and honorable, despite themselves. And we knew we wanted heroines who could take care of themselves, even if they didn't realize it.
PNR: This series takes place in the mid nineteenth century, not a time in which magic is a part of everyday life. Of course Ireland does have it's legends <g>. Do the brother's readily accept the blessing or fight it?
K: Each brother is initially....in
denial about his situation. But there is
PNR: In addition to the blessing, shipbuilding is a major part of the brother's heritage. How important is this to the storyline?
Elizabeth K: Shipbuilding is integral to each brother's drive to succeed in the tasks they set for themselves in order to save Reilly Ship Works from bankruptcy. It's in their blood and sailing in their bones. They are all "Reilly born and Reilly built."
PNR: I assume that since Reilly's Pride is already set to print, you have completed the series. Are more Reilly family books planned or is there another series in the works? Do you think you will be trying other venues besides Historical? Will magic continue to be an important part of future works?
K: Actually we are working
on book 4 in the series as we speak.
We really are historical at heart, but have previously written an unpublished contemporary so its not out of the realm of possibility. As for the magic, there is always magic where there is love. <G> Our first love is paranormal, hence The Blessing in a series we originally intended to be straight historical. The Reilly's had other ideas.
PNR: What's next for Elizabeth Keys?
K: We're working on a variety
of story proposals at the moment.
Featured in this Issue:
A straight-laced solicitor, Bryan Reilly refuses to believe that members of his estranged family of shipbuilders possess a special giftthe ability to recognize life's great turning points. But then a mysterious woman throws herself into his arms just before his ship sails for England and Bryan feels the power of Reilly's Blessing reborn in her bewitching lips.
Emilynne Wellesley will only reveal that she is desperate to flee Ireland for the safety of the two children who travel with her. Bryan knows that helping Emilynne will ruin his last chance to reconcile with his kin, but can he deny the path that destiny has chosen for him .... protecting the golden-haired beauty who has captured his heart.
Young Irishman Devin Reilly had just arrived in America seeking riches to bolster the family business, Reilly Ship Works. But his fortune was about to change. After rescuing fiery Maggie Brownley from a runaway carriage and gazing into her stormy brown eyes, he knew that "Reilly's Blessing" bound them toegether.
Then Maggie made a bold promise: if Devin escorted her to Maine, where she planned to flee an unwanted engagement, she would give him the money he needed to reach California. But the trip north would teach Devin that in Maggie's embrace he had found a love more precious than gold.
Coming in 2001!