Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
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An Interview with Elaine Cantrell
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Elaine, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured story is The Enchanted. Where did you get the idea for this incredible story?
EC: I’m a history teacher at the local high school, and my class was studying the Middle Ages, a time when arranged, dynastic marriages were all too common. After talking about it all day, I decided I’d write a story about a dynastic marriage, but I didn’t want a historical. Instead, I created a romantic fantasy so that I could incorporate those elements as well.
HH: What do you like about Morgane and why will readers identify with her?
EC: Morgane is like a lot of women in the real world. She’s strong, so she plays the cards dealt to her the best that she can. She takes something bad and turns it into something good. Women are good at that.
HH: What do you like about Alan and why will readers love him?
EC: Readers will identify with Prince Alan because in many ways he’s like Princess Morgane. He too drew a bad hand in the game of life, but he takes hold of his destiny and shapes it to his will. It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous and romantic either.
HH: How did you go about creating their world for this story?
EC: I kept the European Middle Ages in mind as I wrote the story, but I incorporated fantasy elements as I went. For example, there are no such things as unicorns or dragons, but they’re in my fantasy world. One of the dragons is a sand dragon. It’s about the size of a house cat, but its bite is poison. It was also fun to make up some interesting marriage customs. I didn’t want the elements of the fantasy world to distract from the story, and they don’t, but they do give a fantasy flavor to the story.
HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this world you've created?
EC: They’ll enjoy seeing that even in a hard and scary place, love will always find a way. In fact, one of my favorite lines in the book is spoken by Princess Morgane to Prince Alan after she has been seriously wounded in an attempt to rescue the prince. “In your arms. No heaven can compare.”
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
EC: More fantasy for one thing. I have a manuscript called Out of Place which I’ll soon be editing. It’s different from The Enchanted because the hero and heroine are modern people who are transported to the fantasy world. The title comes because they are out of place in their new environment.
HH: What else can readers look forward to from you?
EC: In December, Whiskey Creek Press will be releasing Blue 52, a sequel to Return Engagement. Blue 52 is one of my all time favorites. I can’t wait for you to read it.
HH: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?
EC: I love movies, but I’d rather go to the theater to see them than see them at home. Theater popcorn is so much better. I also love collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, playing with my dog, picnics, and spending time with my grandchildren.
HH: What's your favorite quote ever?
EC: I will either find a way or make one. Actually, this is Princess Morgane’s motto. After what happened to her, it fits beautifully.
HH: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?
EC: So far it’s Facebook, but as soon as I find a little time I’m going to experiment with Google+.