An Interview With Elisabeth Hobbes

by Ms Moem on September 29, 2014

in Writing

This is a very exciting week for author, Elisabeth Hobbes. Friday sees the release of her very first novel, Falling For Her Captor, published by Harlequin Mills & Boon. Elisabeth won a two book publishing contract following an entry  submitted to So You Think You Can Write! – an annual writing competition run by Harlequin, the publishers.

Elisabeth Hobbes, author of Falling For Her Captor

I caught up with Elisabeth for a quick interview to find out a little more about her writing career and I’d love to share it  with you!

Over to Elisabeth……

How does it feel to be a published author?
It feels wonderful, though still not entirely real. Even though I now have a huge box of books in my living room I can’t quite believe that someone is paying me to share something I loved doing. Every step of the way from the initial call onwards has been exciting and a real learning curve. I’m also pleased that I can now legitimately ignore the housework for a while and write.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing in one form or another. As a child I used to write adventure stories involving my friends and family and when I became a teacher I enjoyed the creative writing part of English lessons and seeing the response from the children when I invented stories (I have a couple I’d love to see in print one day). I never thought I’d end up writing romance though, in fact people who know me would probably say I’m the last person they would expect to do it.

How did you get started?
My husband was working away and I was at home alone with two small children. I needed something to keep me busy rather than slumping in front of the TV once they’d gone to bed. After a conversation with a friend about whether it was easy to write a romance novel thought I’d give it a try. I posted the story a chapter at a time on Wattpad where it received enough positive comments to keep me going and it gradually expanded into a fully blown novel.

Where do you write?
I’d love to be able to spend more time writing than I do now but real life has a habit of interrupting. Because I have youngish children have to grab moments when I can. My favourite time for editing is with a cup of tea before anyone else wakes up in my favourite armchair with a cat on my lap. When I really need to get on with a chapter I go to a café or the library- anywhere where I won’t be able to get onto the internet!

Where did the inspiration come from for Falling For Her Captor?
I grew up in York which is a beautiful medieval city so was immersed in history from an early age. I spend a lot of time visiting castles and stately homes and wondering who lived in them. I wanted to write a heroine who was the archetypal damsel in distress but who was more than capable of holding her own so I had to put her into a situation where she would need to do that. I also wanted to explore the themes of trust and loyalty so having Aline fall for someone who may or may not be loyal to her enemy gave me that.

Falling For Her Captor by Elisabeth Hobbes

Sum up your first novel in 5 words.
Shorter than Game of Thrones!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Falling For He Captor is medieval though and involves an ambitious duke trying to gain power though abducting the heiress to the throne. The comparison ends there though. There is a lot more romance of course but the characters are still faced with danger and have to choose between loyalty and personal desires. I was almost finished writing this when the first series came out and I loved the scale and worldbuilding of it. I know most people think of Regency romances when they hear the word ‘historical’ so I hope the popularity of GoT will tempt people to pick up another medieval book.

Have you any more books in the pipeline?
I’m writing my second book at the moment for my two-book contract for Harlequin. It’s another medieval romance. I know what I’m writing after that and have the general synopsis worked out for it. After that things get a bit more vague. I have a two-paragraph idea and a one-line note for books four and five. I hope I’ll get the chance to write them but that will all depend on how many readers I get I guess!

What tips would you give to would-be authors?
Write a lot, whenever you can. It’s better to get anything down on paper and delete it all a day later than not start in case it isn’t any good. Join a writing group or website and try get some critique. It’s nerve-wracking to put your work out there for people to read but finding out what readers think is the only way to improve. Planning helps too but I don’t always stick to what I’ve written.

Name your three favourite books.

Persuasion by Jane Austen. Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne is one of the most romantic passages ever written. I read it around once a year and notice something new each time.

The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. I’m cheating a little here as I’d like the whole series if I was being greedy. It’s a book I picked up when I was around 14 and it immediately set the bar for historical novels and tough heroes with a soft inside.

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. One of the funniest books I’ve come across. The use of language is so precise and no words are wasted.

What’s the best way to follow your progress?

I have a Facebook page and a blog

I’m on Goodreads too for anyone who wants to ask me further questions (or leave me a review when the book comes out).

Falling for Her Captor can be pre-ordered via the Mills and Boon website or via Amazon


So a big congratulations in advance to Elisabeth ahead of the release of Falling For Her Captor, on Friday the 3rd of October 2014 and here’s to the start of a lengthy and profitable writing career!


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So, Scotland voted NO to independence. It would seem that the majority of the eligible voters believe we are better together, and I whole-heartedly agree.

better together - scotland votes to stay in the united kingdom

The Scottish referendum has been a bit of a funny beast for those not in Scotland. It kind of felt like when your parents are having a tough time, and as a child, you don’t really know what’s going on but you know ‘something’ is happening. You might hear a bit of shouting or a few slammed doors, or you might witness your parents giving each other the silent treatment, but you figure they’ll get over it, and it’s not really any of your business.

However, as a citizen of the United Kingdom, but living in England it kind of was our business whether Scotland wanted to cut ties and go it alone. However, no-one outside of Scotland seemed to be having any debate about it, as it wasn’t our conversation to have. Then over the last few days, the conversation came. People who hadn’t expressed opinions about it before suddenly felt that they could have a say, even if they didn’t have a vote.

I sat up through the night watching the results come in after making the mistake of having a ‘quick check’ of the news before bed. The first ones were just coming in. They were nos. In fact the first 5 were nos.

Then Dundee came in with a yes. Because this was a larger area than most of the previous ones put together, the overall percentage of no to yes votes swung from roughly 57% NO to only 50.1% NO. That was the first time that I actually thought, oh flip, they really might vote to leave. What would it mean for our smaller United Kingdom if they did go? Another yes vote followed. Even on the news, the presenters also seemed to be approaching it with less certainty than the earlier results had suggested.

And this was all without the reports of suspected electoral fraud thrown into the mix.

An historic vote, drama, and live reaction via Sky News, BBC one and Twitter.

I was hooked. It was great to hear reports of an average of 84% of Scottish voters turning out to make their feelings known and to cast that all important vote. That figure is way higher than the amount of people across the UK who turn out for regular electoral events, so it was inspiring to think of the passion that had inspired those votes.

Thankfully overnight, not once did the YES campaign ever gain the majority. It eventually settled on 55% voting no to independence. But I am glad I sat through and watched this momentous event unfold as it happened. I felt a sense of connection and great pride for our United Kingdom, this tiny little island that once ruled most of the world, letting the people who wanted to be heard have their say. If I had just woken up this morning and been presented with a result, I’m not sure I would have felt quite so emotional. It would have still felt like listening-in to a muffled conversation in the next room.

Alex Salmond very graciously summed up his acceptance of the verdict of the people with, “We shall go forward as one nation”. I liked that a lot.

Alistair Darling said ‘We have reaffirmed the bonds that tie us together. Let them never be broken”. I loved that.

David Cameron said he would work towards giving Scotland more power over their affairs, and similarly England, Wales and Northern Ireland would have more say over theirs.

Let’s see where we go from here with the bar set high with such a reasonable debate, gracious acceptance and amazing voting turnouts. Britain, together we are truly GREAT!

United we stand - Scotland votes no to independence

And finally, inspired by all the various people who made speeches after the NO result was announced, I have written a little poem.

United We Stand

Scotland was asked a question
And the majority has spoken
They said these bonds tie us together
Let them never be broken

They voted in their masses
They really made it count
The turnout figures staggering
An unprecedented amount

The world watched on in wonder
As democracy played through
And though we couldn’t vote
Scotland, our thoughts lay with you

We saw the votes be counted
The statements trickled in
It soon became apparent
That the NO campaign would win

So, this is our United Kingdom
4 nations side by side
With focus on OUR future
Alliance beyond land divide

United We Stand is a  poem written by Ms Moem on the occasion of Scotland voting to stay a part of the United Kingdom, and no to independence.

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Tell Me – A Wedding Poem

by Ms Moem on September 17, 2014

in Poetry

Tell Me - A Wedding Poem Written by Ms Moem

Tell Me

Tell me all your secrets
Tell me all your dreams
Tell me where you came from
And all the things you’ve seen.

Tell me all the little things
That rattle round your head.
Tell me how you really feel;
Don’t let things go unsaid.

You can tell me when you’re happy
You can tell me when you’re sad
You can tell me when I wind you up
That I really make you mad.

Tell me that tomorrow
Will always be a brand new day.
Tell me that together
We will always be okay.

Then tell me that you love me
Tell me that you care
Tell me there’s nowhere you’d rather be.
Tell me you’ll always be there.

Tell Me is a wedding poem written by Ms Moem.

If you use this poem at your wedding, please do drop me a line and let me know!

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Why Youtube?

by Ms Moem on August 27, 2014

in Media

Why youtube?

The web, visual by design, populated by characters
Whose lives on and offline merged
Alongside a surge of technological advance,
Gives us all the chance
To have a voice. It is your choice
And yours alone, whether you connect via desktop
laptop, tablet or phone, but this platform gives you global reach
To connect, to share, to watch, to teach;
To be part of something, to start something.

Why youtube? Why not?

A short poem about why youtube is the place to be, written by Ms Moem!

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