Hello – I’m Elisabeth!
I am an advocate for independent writing and publishing. I encourage all authors to learn the skills needed for today’s book market and to keep in touch with the new technologies.
Curious – that’s me. I’ve always wanted to know more about everything, and my attention goes to many places and topics. I consider myself a life learner, not only with the courses I take but with life experiences as well. Nothing can bring more satisfaction than reading something new that sparks the imagination or connecting with other people regarding a topic.
I write genre fiction books: supernatural suspense thrillers, horror stories of the paranormal, and murder mystery. I often use history and folklore, especially Native American tales, to weave into the story.
I hope readers will be entertained and left with something new to think about after they’ve finished reading my books and posts. I encourage everyone to continue learning throughout their life and to always remain curious.
I encourage creativity and freedom.
Years ago when in college, I dreamed of writing a book. Like many other students, I was inspired by Hemingway’s characters and an English Professor. He taught about the relationship between the writer and the reader. The story’s journey involves both sides to be considered. I wanted to write and be part of that double-edged sword.
Then life happened.
My years have been filled with life. I’m the middle sibling of four sisters and a brother. I have wonderful memories of raising my four, now grown children, and I have a very talented young adult grandchild who dabbles in graphic art, and a brand-new baby grandson. We are an eclectic family with varying personalities and stories to match.
I worked at various jobs and wore many hats over the years, financial analyst, realtor, but mostly I was employed as a buyer for new product development—from scented candles to green-energy gearboxes for garbage trucks. We managed a number of moves, living in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, and now Columbus Ohio —as well as other changes that filled our lives . . . it’s a long list.
Life was never perfect, but it was very good and filled with happiness.
Then, in 2010 the unthinkable happened. The family unexpectedly lost a young man, my nephew. He was the good one who died young. That changed everything for my family and made me think. Time became more precious.
The incident inspired me to do something with my time left. I decided to write, it was like a craving satiated. Then the more I wrote the more I craved to keep writing. My favorite genre is horror—Gothic classics, Koontz, and other writers with that mood. My current favorites are Jeremy Bates and Joe Hart. I also enjoy the bizarre and weird, am a Trekkie and Dr. Who fan, and enjoy thinking about the paranormal and supernatural forces around us.
After losing my nephew, it seemed our family had been cursed at first . . . which inspired my debut novel, which was in development for four years.
My first novel Breaking Cursed Bonds
Book two of the serial Exposing Secret Sins
is now available in eBook and print at Amazon and other distributors.
Finally, the Curses & Secrets serial is complete:
Book three of the serial Seeking Redemption
was released November 30th, 2016— I hope you take the opportunity to read them!
In November 2017 I released the book :
A novel about a forest ranger named Samantha, who finds a dead body in the woods and it changes her life. Find out more here.
Currently, I am writing something a little different
My next book is a historical fiction story that’s set during WWII and told from a young Ukrainian boy’s perspective. Though inspired by the true-life events of my husband’s family, their memories are blurred after years spent forgetting. So my new book is truly fiction with characters invented purposefully to help tell some horrific truths endured by many escaping Galicia and some heart-warming moments as well. I hope to have this story published in 2019.
I am a member of the She Writes™ community and other writers’ groups.
I continually work at improving my writing skills with feedback from readers, critique groups, and editors. I research daily, taking online courses to learn more about writing, psychology, history, marketing, and the list goes on.
As I’ve said, I am a curious person.
In the end, I rely on my personal experiences to help develop credible characters who can move the story forward and entertain you. My writing voice is subtle (and a bit twisted at times). I enjoy writing antagonists the most —the nastier the better.
“Only when we see the dark side can we appreciate the good that we have in our lives.”
I truly hope you enjoy my stories. Your feedback is always appreciated as well as any reviews. Reviews help keep an author visible. Wish me luck!
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I also write blog posts about my writing experience, new skills, and technology challenges, and writing resources as well as other educational news and resources here on this website blog EZ Indie Publishing and occasionally at my Google blogger site, I Jumped! Into Writing… and at BookLikes zguta.booklikes.com where I post reviews.