Spotlight on Author Elizabeth Noyes: Port of Call, Aruba with Alyssa Laroche
Today’s spotlight is on Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes, who created the heroine, Alyssa Laroche. She was also the go-to person for knowledge about cruises. Elizabeth is recently retired and resides in northeast Atlanta where she now writes full time. She is a world traveler and avid cruiser, and uses her experiences with other cultures to create the many “real” characters in her stories. She is a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and The Love Boat Bachelor, and published the first book, Imperfect Wings, in August 2014. The second book in the Imperfect Series, Imperfect Trust, is coming this summer.
How did I come up with the character for my chapter in The Love Boat Bachelor? Magic! Plus a few other steps along the way.
First, let me say congratulations and a great big thank-you to Jerusha Agen for giving birth to this brainchild. She did most of the heavy work in prepping the story. She created the hero, provided the story premise, and established the setting. All I had to do was deliver an attractive, but not-so-perfect heroine to entice a love-wary bachelor.
My first thought was how do I set my heroine apart from the others? Easy. On a ship touted as the Love Boat where the balance scale cants heavily to the estrogen side – I made her a crew member. But most cruise ships boast employees from all over the world. Easy again. I recently sailed to the South Pacific islands and fell in love with the beautiful people of the islands—so I made her from there. Wait, not many crew members hail from Tahiti or Bora Bora. No problem, lots are from Indonesia and the Philippines. Ta-Da! She hails from Manila. But, she has to stand out. Ahhh, that’s where Mr. Google came in. I wanted exotic, pretty, unusual, and yet serious and believable. I must have viewed a thousand images … until I found Alyssa.
The next step in building the heroine was to determine what type of person would catch Brent’s eye. Alyssa had to be a shining light, pretty enough to draw his attention, but not flamboyant. And no dark hair or green eyes to remind him of Mara, his former love, thank you very much. This is where the author gets to fill in the missing parts of Brent. What does he need (notice I didn’t say want)? What kind of woman can heal his broken heart? Will compliment his personality and vocation? Since Brent is a nurturer and a protector by nature, his innate need to “help” was the key. Alyssa Laroche escaped a future she didn’t want, but is stuck in limbo and doesn’t know how to get her life back on track. By helping her find her way, perhaps Brent can re-find the path God intended for him.
Two people from opposite sides of the world, neither of them looking for an emotional entanglement. Stir together a little physical attraction and a lot of spiritual magnetism, and maybe, just mayble they’ll discover a future together. (Sigh)
You can enjoy other author spotlights and the interviews with the heroines: Jerusha Agen, the author who started all the fun by putting Brent Teague on the ship, Julie Arduini and her heroine, Nora Laing, Betty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana Grayson, Joan Deneve and her heroine, Renee Kessler,
More About The Love Boat Bachelor:
Romance is a joke.
After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too.
Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?
Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.
As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.
What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.
Betty was also one of the authors of A Dozen Apologies:
Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up. In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better. Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible. Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.
Elizabeth is also the author of the Imperfect Wings, the first novel in her Imperfect series. She writes romantic espionage (at least that’s my description) that you will not want to miss.
Evil stalks TJ McKendrick. Three years after burying her father, TJ visits Honduras where he died. While there, she witnesses a murder and is forced to flee.
Don Castillo dreams of power. Funnel the drugs into the States and it’s his. First, he must kill the woman who dared spy on him.
The last thing Garrett Cameron needs is another woman interrupting his life, but when the feisty vixen that blew his mission two years ago shows up at his ranch running for her life, what can he do?
As attraction ignites between TJ and Garrett, she lets go of past betrayals and allows him to protect her. He’s lived a life of violence. Love isn’t for someone like him. Does he dare reveal his soul’s dark side and risk driving her away?
Only faith in God and trust in each other can overcome the deadly odds they face.