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An Interview with Eliza Walker, Author of A Midsummer Night’s Fling

MidsummerNightsFling500I’m thrilled to welcome author Eliza Walker today! She is our very first author at Jack’s House Publishing, and we will release her fantastic book, A Midsummer Night’s Fling, on June 20! I absolutely LOVED this book! It had all the elements I love in a romance—great characters, off-the-charts chemistry, awesome sexy times AND a look behind the scenes at a prestigious theater company. In addition, Eliza now holds the “honor” of being the only person in the universe to make Shakespeare interesting to me. Congrats on that, Eliza, because I honestly didn’t think it could be done. 🙂

Eliza: Bwahaha, my evil plan is working! 😉

Marie: First off, of course I want to know what you think of being Jack’s first published author! Do tell!

Eliza: It’s been an amazing, wonderful experience. Everyone at Jack’s House has been so enthusiastic about the book, helpful and patient with my questions, and just generally lovely to work with. And being the first Jack’s House author is huge for me. I was at my day job when I found out, and it was SO HARD to keep all my excitement on the inside until I could get some privacy to call my husband and my mom.

Marie: Awww, that’s so cute! I love the idea of you about to bust at work! You’ve been a pleasure to work with, and we are so excited about Midsummer and the Much Ado About Love series. It’s a perfect fit for us at Jack’s House. Tell me a little about where the idea for the book and series came from, and about your background in the theater.

(Me in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Photo courtesy of Ariel Sands)

(Me in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Photo courtesy of Ariel Sands)

Eliza: Well, I’d been doing theater for years, ever since I was a kid. I even pursued a professional career for a few years in my early 20s.

I loved acting, but it’s difficult to make a living at so I redirected my creative energy toward writing. I still loved live theater, but I had to get my “fix” some other way now that I wasn’t performing. I’ve always been a fan of romance novels with actor heroes, but so many of them don’t show any of the juicy behind the scenes stuff, don’t show the actor actually at work. I started writing A Midsummer Night’s Fling because it was the kind of thing I was dying to read that I couldn’t find anywhere. I love the community in live theater and the work that goes into mounting a play, so I thought this series would be fun to research and even more fun to write. I was right! I decided to start the series with a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” because that’s always been one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I’ve also performed in it twice myself so I’ll always have a soft spot for “Midsummer.”

Marie: Love the photo! So what you’re telling me is that my daughter, who just finished her junior year in acting school in NYC, is in for a rough ride? LOL! Interesting factoid about “Midsummer,” it’s the only Shakespeare play forced on me required by well-meaning English teachers that I could actually stand to read. So that might mean I have a “softer” spot for “Midsummer.” Tell us a little about what readers can expect in the book and the plans for the series.

Eliza: Besides books with actors, my other favorite romance trope is reunited lovers. In the first book in the series A Midsummer Night’s Fling, Max and Nicola are former lovers, college sweethearts who were never able to make it work. They reunite to play Titania and Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and all the old chemistry between them is still there. Can they make it work this time? Guess everyone will have to read the book now to find out! 😉

I’m working on Much Ado About You, Book 2 in the series, right now, and it will feature Max’s hunky movie star brother Peter. Peter’s joining the theater company for a season to reboot his life after a personal disaster that turned into a professional one, too. Once rehearsals start, the sparks immediately fly between Peter and his leading lady Hartley. I’ve got ideas for a bunch more books in the series (and heroes and heroines already picked out) so hopefully readers like the series.

Marie: I’m sure the readers will love the series! So what do you do for fun when you’re not writing?

Eliza: I got into swing dancing when I was in college, and I’m slowly but surely getting my husband to learn. I’m not a very good dancer, but it’s so fun that I don’t even care. When it’s warm enough, I love swimming and going out in my father-in-law’s boat on some of the local lakes nearby.

Marie: Thanks so much for being here today, Eliza! We’re looking forward to the release of A Midsummer Night’s Fling! Read the first three chapters of A Midsummer Night’s Fling here, and here’s where you can order the book to read it on June 20:


For Kindle readers, go here to find out more about how to get A Midsummer Night’s Fling on release day.







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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Fatal, First Family, Gansett Island, Butler Vermont, Quantum, Treading Water, Miami Nights and Wild Widows.

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