Today, I’m have an interview and excerpt from E.D. Walker who is celebrating her latest release, The Beauty’s Beast.

What genre do you write and why?

I tend to be pretty eclectic in what I write, which reflects my reading tastes. I love contemporary romances, historicals, SF romances, fantasy…all kinds of stuff! My books reflect this too. The Beauty’s Beast (from Noble Romance) is a sweet paranormal/historical romance while Heir to the Underworld is a YA fantasy novel coming soon from Sapphire Blue. I have too much fun trying out all these different world and styles and characters to settle down to one genre just yet.

I suppose I’m drawn to that particular blend of genres at the moment because I like playing around in seeing how far I can stretch the existing world to accommodate fantasy elements. And I write romance because, well, who doesn’t love a good romance? Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when they’re done right.

What inspires your stories?

All kinds of things. Pictures from magazines. Music. Sometimes I’ll be watching a movie or reading a book and something will tweak my interest and I’ll shuffle the elements around in my head until I’ve got some kind of story. Sometimes a character will come to me and I’ll build the story around them. Sometimes I’ll find a neat bit of mythology or folklore and I’ll want to form a novel around it. That’s what happened with The Beauty’s Beast. I was inspired by a medieval poem about a werewolf knight, “Bisclavret” that I was reading for a world literature class. The idea of a werewolf knight just really tugged on my imagination and I love the poem. It was a premise not to be resisted.

What is your writing schedule like?

Sporadic at the moment. I’m in school right now to get my long overdue BA, and, unfortunately, homework trumps writing until I graduate next spring.

Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?

Reading! I’m one of those people who just can’t my hands on enough books. My To-Be-Read pile is EPIC and I constantly re-read my old favorite books. My three very favorite books at the moment are probably The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer, and Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. But ask me again in five minutes and that answer might change.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Fried zucchini dipped in ranch, when the zucchini is sliced really thin like a French fry and the batter is crunchy but still slightly gooey beneath. Yum. I love fried zucchini so much it even found its way into one of my books.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

The TV show Murder, She Wrote. I am a hopeless JB Fletcher fangirl. It’s really great at helping me relax. After banging out a ten page essay comparing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Great Gatsby my brain usually needs a little detox.

What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?

I’ve always had a soft spot for Beauty and the Beast, and you can definitely see elements of that in The Beauty’s Beast. The title for one. ^__^ But I also just love the idea of a spoiled, selfish man learning from his mistakes, growing as a person and doing it all through the power of True Love.

Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.

I’ve always had cats, ever since I was three years old and our cat Mrs. Moffet tried to scratch my face off when my dad brought her home. Right now I have one obese, spoiled tuxedo cat named Orlando de Puff after Orlando de Boys from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. He has an upside down black heart on his nose, he weighs a TON, he’s softest cat I’ve ever met (but he doesn’t like to be held), and he loves to sit on my butt when I’m lying on my stomach in bed. He also likes to have his fur petted back the wrong way, but I can tell he’s very embarrassed by this secret vice. It isn’t dignified.

Vampire or werewolf?  Why?

Well, the hero in The Beauty’s Beast is a werewolf so I feel honor-bound to defend the awesomeness of all werewolves against those darn, pale bitey vampires. Werewolves are buffer, tougher and loyal too because wolves mate for life.

Besides, werewolves are cuddlier.

Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.

The Beauty’s Beast is a sweet fantasy romance about a werewolf knight and his lady-love.

Excerpt from The Beauty’s Beast:

Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the wife who betrayed Gabriel returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

The book just came out from Noble Romance Publishing, and you can buy a copy on their website.

And here’s a short excerpt:

Chapter One

Lady Kathryn de Réméré understood where her duty lay. She did—truly. The hitch, though, the tricky part, the really twisty trouble was . . . . Well, she was actually having a difficult time convincing herself that her duty was to do her duty.

The royal court had not taken part in a hunt since the marriage of the Princess Aliénor to their king a month previous. Kathryn had only been one of the queen’s ladies since Aliénor’s marriage, but in one short month Kathryn had grown very fond of her queen. She would do almost anything for her, but . . . did it have to be hunting?

Riding had never been one of Kathryn’s favorite pastimes either, and when her father had gambled away the funds necessary to keep their horses, the loss of her late mother’s bay mare had caused Kathryn only a small touch of regret.

Kathryn certainly liked horses, and riding could be pleasant, but this—this neck-or-nothing tear through the woods, the bouncing and jostling and branches hitting her in the face, and all the while the great brute below her ignoring all her most urgent instructions.

The horse recognized who was master, and it certainly was not the featherweight astride his back pulling ineffectually, and rather irritatingly, at his reins. He had his head now and would not have slowed for a rider twice as skillful as Kathryn.

Her horse broke from the group of hunters and went careening wildly off into the brush. A bare moment later, Kathryn heaved forward off her horse’s neck, the ground rising up to meet her. She lay stunned in the damp leaves, the musty smell of the dirt thick in her nostrils, while the careless beast gleefully galloped his way back to his home stable for some oats and a good brushing down.

The chase was on, though, and Kathryn would not be missed by her companions for some time yet.

Only slightly dazed, when her wits recovered sufficiently and the world stopped spinning, she stood with the aid of an obliging tree trunk to take in her surroundings. The lush forest possessed a heavy covering of brush on the ground, clustering around the roots of the tall trees. Kathryn put a hand to her chest, trying to calm her still-hammering heart. “Help. Anyone? Hello?” The forest swallowed her cries, and the only sounds around her now were the gentle rustlings of the trees. She swallowed sudden fear, stifling it, and started walking, hoping someone had noticed her difficulties and come looking.

She would be having a long day if they had not…

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