Author Elizabeth Marx on why Chicago rocks, why Anne Rice scares her, and her latest novel, Binding Arbitration.
How did you come up with the idea for Binding Arbitration?
My husband played baseball at IU and we went there for a Baseball Reunion weekend. We walked all over campus and then we went downtown. A lot of locals hang out on the downtown square and when I asked him if any of the townies went to IU, he said that they called townies Cutters. I had been toying with the idea of a story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the boy she falls for that is totally out of her league and the story was born from all those ideas. So the idea was spawned in Bloomington and then they grew up and moved to Chicago.
What inspired you to use Chicago as the setting?
Chicago is the most awesome city in the world. It’s my hometown and as an author you’re often told to write what you know. I know Chicago, I know that it tastes like damp leaves in the fall, and the exact smell of the steam that comes from the hot dog vendors, I know the people and the places and it just felt like home. Home sweet home Chicago.
If the novel became a movie who would you cast?
I have a board on Pinterest for all my books. You can check out Binding Arbitration’s here to see all the characters and settings in BA.
Is there a song that you consider to be the theme for the story?
Colbie Caillat’s I never told you. Especially, the line, ‘how I miss your blue eyes’.
What point of view do you prefer to write in? Why?
I like writing in different POV’s, it depends on the story. In Binding Arbitration, the story is about two people at odds with each other so I told it in first person, but back and forth between Aidan’s POV and Libby’s POV. So at first I had to really concentrate on writing from a guy’s POV, I mean I’m a woman and I think like a woman, and a lot of BA is about each of these characters inner angst so I had to figure out how to best portray Aidan, especially since he’s an athlete with a big ego. Luckily, Aidan was always his truest self with Libby so that male bravado was secondary, and once he met Cass he wanted to be a good example, so I think he was the gentlemen he was raised to be. Except for when he was totally alone with Libby, then he’d turn up his male magnetism just to get her flushed and frustrated.
Do you write in other genres?
Yes, I have a historical/time travel title:
And two books in the Urban Fantasy/ Mythology category:
I also have two Paranormal Romances coming soon: Descent of Blood and Ascent of Blood.
I love those covers! Anyone who wants more info on those titles can click the book.
What authors had the most influence on your writing?
Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Cruise, Sara Donati, Diana Galbadon
What is your favorite romance novel?
Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Is baseball your favorite sport? If not, what is?
I’m really not a big sports fanatic, but my husband is. He played baseball & football at IU. Both my girls play on the travel level for sports, so they’re good athletes. One plays softball and one plays basketball, she’s 5’-10” at 12, I think she might be a six footer! So I’d say that either softball or basketball is my favorite, depends on the season.
If you could work with any other author, who would it be?
Anne Rice. I don’t write horror but there is something about the way that her words come off the page and come to life, she’s brilliant and I’d love to just spend a day speaking with her about her process, etc. I’d be terrified if I had to write something with her though. I’d pray for an intervention from Lestat or something.
About Binding Arbitration
Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to take her fight all the way to the majors.
Circumstances force Libby to plead her case at the cleats of celebrity baseball player Banford Aidan Palowski, the man who discarded her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he slid through the birth canal and landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. But helping Libby and living up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his baseball career.
If baseball imitates life, Aidan admits his appears to be silver-plated peanuts, until an unexpected confrontation with the most spectacular prize that’s ever poured from a caramel corn box blindsides him. When he learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.
All Libby wants is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan has a magical umpire in his head who knows Libby’s a fateball right to the heart. When a six-year-old sage and a hippy priestess step onto the field, there’s more to settle between Libby and Aidan than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness.
Genre: Romance, Family Saga, Contemporary/Chick Lit
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About Elizabeth Marx
Windy city writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer, not a decorator, a designer, which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match things, measure things and miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.
Elizabeth grew up in Illinois, but has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies somewhere or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi Town.
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