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AOTW- Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan

About the Author:
Elizabeth A. Vaughan is an author, barrister, and mistress of the worlds.  In her latest book, Destiny's Star (April, 2010) she returns to the.  world of the Warlands with an epic story of passionate love and wild magic.

She's always loved fantasy and science fiction, and has been a fantasy role-player since 1981. By day, Beth's secret identity is that of a lawyer, practicing in the area of bankruptcy and financial matters, a role she has maintained since 1985.

Beth is owned by three cats, and lives in the Northwest Territory, on the outskirts of the Black Swamp, along Mad Anthony's Trail on the banks of the Maumee River.


Interview with Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan is author of the Chronicles of the Warlands, a new fantasy romance trilogy from Tor Books. She is also author of the Star series and wrote a story in the anthology Chicks Kick Butt (Shifters #6.5).

HP: You recently published Warcry the fourth novel in your Chronicles of the Warlands series. I really want to talk about that but before we get into it can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Elizabeth Vaughan: Honestly, I am kinda dull and boring.  Get up, feed the cats, go to work, go home, eat dinner, write.  <g> The fact that I have a cast of characters in my head that constantly tell me their stories just makes me odd.

HP: When and how did your interest in writing begin?

Elizabeth Vaughan: I think I knew I wanted to write the first time I read a book.

HP: Your first book Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1) was published in 2005 you went on to publish the second novel Warsworn in 2006 and the third, Warlord in 2007. Where did the inspiration for this series come from, what motivated that first novel?

Elizabeth Vaughan: I read a short story where a woman surrendered herself to a conqueror.   I didn’t like it – it didn’t feel honest.  I started thinking about why any woman would do that to herself, and Lara started to tell me her story.

HP: Going on into 2008 you published your first book in a second series Dagger-Star (Epic of Palins, #1). A book that from just the name and cover catches one's attention. Can you tell us a little about this series and the world you have created?

Elizabeth Vaughan: Isn’t that cover amazing?  Red Gloves was born from a desire to write a take-no-prisoners woman warrior.  Little did I know that the two series, Chronicles of the Warlands and The Epic of Palins (also known as the Star Series), would end up being in the same world, and would come together in Destiny’s Star.

HP: In all your books, which came first the plot and idea for the book/series or the characters? I know some authors let the characters lead but other have a plot first and the characters come later.

Elizabeth Vaughan: For me it starts with a scene involving two characters, and a line of dialogue.  Then I start asking questions, and develop an outline before I write the book.  My outlines tend to run about 20 pages, single spaced, and they rarely survive the actually writing of the book because the story changes as I write.

HP: Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?

Elizabeth Vaughan: Oh, yes.  I’m reading quite a bit of non-fiction doing research for my next book.  Steal from history, I always say.  <g>  And no, I am not going to give you any hints.

As far as fiction, I just finished Dana Stabenow’s Though Not Dead.  She is a wonderful writer – if you have never read her mystery series, you need to pick them up.  They are fabulous.

HP: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Elizabeth Vaughan: A writer is no one without someone to read her words.  Thank you for reading!

HP: Thank you for taking the time to have this interview and give us a little insight into your world(s)! :)


Books by Elizabeth Vaughan
Chronicles of the Warlands Series
#1: Warprize
#2: Warsworn
#3: Warlord
#4: Warcry

Star Series
#1: Dagger-Star
#2: White Star
#3: Destiny's Star

Chicks Kick Butt (Shifters #6.5)

Up-coming appearances:
Elizabeth will be attending the Gen Con Game Conference 2011
August 4-7, 2011
Indianapolis, IN

You can also find Elizabeth at:
Her Website



Elizabeth Vaughan has offered to giveaway one (1) copy of Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands #1) and a bar of soap!!

*Above may not be the exact cover of the book you receive. 

Book Description:


Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders.

Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace--but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle.

But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status.

She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. Xylara knows must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes...

The Warprize"

Giveaway Details:
  • Giveaway is open to US & Canada & International!
  • Giveaway will run from July 25th 2011 - July 31st 2011.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly and announced August 1st 2011.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.
  • One entry per-person please!
  • If you enter, you are acknowledging that you read and accept the giveaway/contest policy.
  • This giveaway is provided by the author.
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