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Elizabeth Delisi has wanted to be a writer since she was in first grade, and probably would have written in the womb if she could have convinced her mother to swallow a pencil. But life hasn't always gone the way she planned, and on her road to publication she worked as a motel maid, waitress, secretary, administrative aide, substitute teacher, and newspaper reporter.
Elizabeth's novels include a FATAL FORTUNE, first in the Lottie Baldwin paranormal mystery series; LADY OF THE TWO LANDS, a time-travel romance; and SINCE ALL IS PASSING, a suspense. She's written contemporary and paranormal romance novellas for SHIVERS AND SCREAMS, VISIONS AND DREAMS; ENCHANTED HOLIDAYS; HOLIDAY HEARTS; HOLIDAY HEARTS 2; and CUPID'S CAPERS, and has also published two short story collections, MIRROR IMAGES and PENUMBRA. In addition to her writing, Elizabeth edits for several small publishers and individuals, and teaches online writing courses for Writer's Digest.
Elizabeth lives in New Hampshire with her husband, dog and cat. She enjoys hearing from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org and invites everyone to visit her website at www.elizabethdelisi.com.
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An exclusive interview with DiskUs author Elizabeth Delisi
Where do you live?
I live in beautiful New Hampshire.
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What inspired your writing?
My stories almost all have a touch of the paranormal to them. It's an area of life that's always fascinated me. I read Tarot cards and do online chats as my alter ego, Madame Liz. I'm curious about psychic abilities and am always interested in learning more. I suspect it's Rod Serling's fault...watching the Twilight Zone as a kid definitely got me hooked. Then Dark Shadows, with vampires, witches and werewolves, took it a little farther. If a book has a paranormal aspect to it, I'm there!
For the anthology it was really a group effort. The six of us decided we wanted to do an anthology together, and we wanted it to be paranormal. For my own story in the book, I've always been fascinated with Ouija or talking boards, and wondered what would happen if a user managed to contact another human instead of a spirit. The story took off from there.
What's your writer's day like?
I get my morning coffee and grab a bowl of cereal, then sit down to check e-mail while I eat. I deal with any emergencies there, then check in on whatever online courses I'm teaching at that point. When I've cleared away those things, it's time to write! My kids have grown and gone now, so I write all day, until my husband comes home from work.
Tell us about your family.
I'm married to my high school sweetheart and have been for 28 years. We have three grown children and two grandchildren. We try to stay in touch as much as possible, though with two of the three kids living thousands of miles away, that makes it tough! Thank goodness for the Internet. ;-)
Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have an eleven year old dog and an eight year old cat. They tolerate each other and manage to coexist mostly by staying away from each other. The cat pretty much keeps the sixty-five pound dog in line, and so the dog delights in pointing out to me if the cat is getting into trouble.
Knitting, beading, reading of course, crocheting, tatting, weaving, Tarot, and playing with my grandchildren!
What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
Besides my hobbies, I enjoy spending time with my family, going on drives around our beautiful state of New Hampshire, watching great movies and going to the movie theater, shopping for yarn or antiques, and going out to eat. Someday I'd like to learn to paint.
Who's your favorite author?
Oh gosh, I don't have just one favorite. My favorite classic authors include Lloyd C. Douglas, Margaret Mitchell, Robert Heinlein, Victoria Holt. Favorites of today include Katie MacAlister, Deb Stover, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Carly Phillips, Harlan Ellison, and Diana Gabaldon. But I know there are more!
What's your favorite book?
hard to pick just one. I'd say "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, "Watchers" by Dean Koontz, "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, and "The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas.
What's your favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz, definitely. Has been since I was a kid. I think I have every line of dialogue memorized.
What's your favorite place?
Home. Gillette Castle. The Grand Canyon, North Rim. The White Mountains. Wherever my husband is.
What place, that you haven't visited before, would you like to visit?
Egypt! But only if I don't have to fly to get there. I suppose that would mean a long boat trip. Plus, it would have to be a lot safer than it is now before I'd go...
What's your favorite music?
Rock and roll oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s
Anything else you'd like to share?
My fellow authors and I have a blog we keep together called The Yarnspinners, and we'd love to have you visit it here: http://theyarnspinners.blogspot.com/ Also, I invite you to visit my website: http://www.elizabethdelisi.com and sign up for my occasional newsletter, to keep up with my latest book news.
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