Elizabeth Ellen Carter is an award-winning historical romance writer who pens richly detailed historical romantic adventures. A former newspaper journalist, Carter ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years. She lives in Australia with her husband and two cats.
Your book, Live and Let Spy (The King’s Rogues Book 1) comes out on December 28. What was the inspiration for the story?
I’ve always loved Cornish smuggler stories, so I wanted to do something in this part of the world. Also, I discovered a fascinating tidbit about the Napoleonic wars – Napoleon considered invading England via hot air balloon. The reason why he didn’t pursue it was the prevailing winds from England to France were not suitable. Yet in the decade or so earlier, there was a successful balloon crossing from England to France. So what is west of England? Ireland. And we all know what the Irish thought of the English …
What project are you currently working on?
I’m working on the sequel to Live and Let Spy (The King’s Rogues Book 1), called Spyfall and a secret project I can’t quite announce yet…
Is there an era in history you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I have an idea for a story set in the late 1930s in a period of tension in England, Ireland and Europe which is loosely based on a story my Irish grandmother once told me…
What is your favourite one-liner from your book, and why?
In the aftermath, when Adam Hardacre, our hero has managed to dispatch Dunbar, a villain from the roof, causing him to fall three storeys, Adam’s boss makes the wry observation.
“Dunbar certainly left an impression anyway.”
What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?
The Magus by John Fowles
Blurb for Live and Let Spy (The King’s Rogues Book 1)
Refused his rightful promotion, Adam Hardacre quits the Royal Navy in disgust and is quickly approached with an intriguing proposition to serve his country undercover.
His first assignment takes him home to Cornwall to expose traitors plotting a French invasion of England. There, he meets newly unemployed governess, Olivia Collins, who has stumbled upon a hidden secret from Adam’s past – his youthful summer love affair with the local squire’s daughter. It is a tragic history that brings Adam and Olivia closer than is wise.
However, with the attraction deepening to something more, neither realize that Olivia unwittingly holds the key to his mission.
As Adam infiltrates the plot, Olivia finds out the shocking truth behind his lost love’s death many years ago, and both their lives are in danger. But their growing relationship is clouded by suspicion. Who can and cannot be trusted – anyone or no one?
Or… even each other?