Elizabeth Aston Interview and giveaway

Today on the blog I have the author of The World, The Flesh and the Bishop, Elizabeth Aston here. If you missed my review of this fantastic novel yesterday, click here to view it. 

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m English, but I was born in Chile and educated in a England and India. I’ve written twenty-five novels which have published in the UK, the US and in several foreign languages. I spend as much time as I can in Italy
2. What books have most influenced your life?
That’s a hard one to answer. Possibly Enid Blyton – I learned to read with her books. Chaucer for the riotous fun and terrific language, Jane Austen’s novels – need I say more? – and Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, which showed me just how good historical fiction can be.
3. What book(s) are you reading right now?
Apollo’s Angels – a fascinating book about the history of the ballet.
4. What do you do when you're not writing?
Procrastinate! I love walking, swimming in the sea and cooking for family and friends.
5. Describe your writing process. (for example, Is there a particular time of day you write? Do you listen to music while writing? )
I’m a morning person, and I tend to get the creative parts done in the morning. The rest of the day is for the other parts of writing – edits, revisions, promotion. I dictate my first drafts, and  if possible I like to walk as I do it. Music while I work? Baroque, sometimes – especially Handel and Vivaldi.
6. How many books are in the Mountjoy series?  Will there be any more?
There are six, and I’m planning to write novellas set in the same world.
7. The World, The Flesh and the Bishop takes place in a town that is very musical. How has music influenced your life?
I come from a musical family – my father and I shared a particular love of Wagner and my mother was a good pianist. My son was a cathedral chorister in York Minster, and a lot of the background of the Mountjoy novels is drawn from that. My daughter plays the cello, so I’m familiar with the repetoire my fictional cellist, Sylvester, plays.
8. The World, The Flesh and the Bishop has many memorable characters. Which character is your favorite and why?
Valdemar – he’s a force of nature, and a law unto himself. You might not approve of him, but you can’t help being fascinated by him.
9. What would you like readers to know about your book(s)?
They’re meant to be entertaining – I wrote them to amuse, enchant, make you laugh out loud.
10. Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Lemon sorbet, but I wouldn’t say no to chocolate.
11. tea or coffee?
Coffee – preferably Italian style.
12. Favorite movie?
The King’s Speech – the best film I’ve seen in a while.
13. Morning person or night owl?
Very much a morning person – that’s when I get all my best work done.

Find out more about Elizabeth Aston and her novels by visiting:
Site and Blog: http://www.atticabooks.com/ea/?page_id=4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029694174
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Elizabeth_Aston
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Aston/e/B001HCTYPM/

The Giveaway:

Please comment below about what you like about romantic comedy and enter to win a copy of Children of Chance, the prequel of the Mountjoy series. In one week, Elizabeth will pick a winner of this ebook next week! Available in any ebook format.

And for the Giveaway Grand Prize: Everyone who comments is eligible to win a lovely hematite bracelet and earrings seen here (http://www.charmsoflight.com/bracelets/Hematite_Hearts_Bracelet_Br-He-001.htmlhttp://www.charmsoflight.com/earrings/Hematite_Heart_Earrings_E-He-001.html). Elizabeth will pick a lucky winner mid-October and can ship anywhere in the world. Good luck!


  1. Romantic Comedy is usually a lighter & most enjoyable read. The ending is mostly a happy one.


  2. This series sounds wonderful! I 'd love to read this! I'm also surprised to see the author likes baroque. Vivaldi is my favorite also. I often listen while reading. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. I enjoy reading Romantic Comedies. They not only are going to make you laugh at times but they keep the tempo lighter. I really enjoyed reading the interview. I like learning about the authors.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  4. I can't wait to read this, I love Elizabeth Aston's other novels. :)

    I enjoy romantic comedy for the way it makes you go from laughing to cringing to sighing all in one story. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing!


  5. I love romantic comedy's because of the variety, it keeps you on your toes :)

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  6. I love to laugh while reading a good book. It makes reading even more fun. And I have to try the Italian Style Coffee. This is the second time I hear of it. Love the earrings and bracelet.



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