Elizabeth Delisi Author Bio:
Elizabeth Delisi wrote her first story at five years old, and has been writing ever since. She started out writing Twilight Zone-type short stories, and moved up to writing novels a few years later. Now she writes paranormal romance, mysteries, and contemporary romance.
Elizabeth has been married to her high school sweetheart for 43 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren, plus a dog and a bird. They live in New Hampshire, an absolutely lovely state.
Elizabeth enjoys hearing from her readers.
What inspires you to write?
Like most writers, I write because I HAVE to…an idea pops into my head and it won't leave me alone until I write it down. But I also write because I love a good story, and I want readers to feel that way about my books. Nothing makes me happier than when a reader comes up to me at a book signing to say she loved my book and couldn't put it down. Ahh!! The best kind of praise.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner. I can't imagine just sitting down at the computer and starting to write, with nothing to guide me.
My outlines are free-flowing. In general I write 1-2 paragraphs for each chapter or plot point. If other details come to me, I use the outline to keep them in place until it's time to use them. Those details may be a character's name and personality, a setting, a line of dialogue that I don't want to for get.
Some writers say outlines constrict them. But that's not a problem for me…if I suddenly come across a great line of dialogue, plot point, etc., I put it in my outline, changing what's necessary so my outline matches my book. I just like the safety of the outline…I can never forget "what comes next."
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In general, my characters are pretty quiet. But they whisper in my ear sometimes, saying, "I would never wear that" or "Can we go to Paris?"
Who are your favorite authors?
"Watchers" by Dean Koontz
"Where Are the Children?" by Mary Higgins Clark
"Mara, Daughter of the Nile" by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
"The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas
"The Far Pavilions" by M. M. Kaye
"Shatterday" by Harlan Ellison
What genres do you write?
I write paranormal romance, contemporary romance, mystery and speculative short fiction
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
I believe the any writer writes in the genres he/she most like to read. Thus for me it became a combination of romance, mystery and paranormal.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
A lovely Tiffany lamp my husband bought for me
A printed-out copy of the outline for my current book
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
Knitting, crocheting, tatting and weaving; sometimes I play the piano or read a book in a genre I don't often read; studying and using Tarot cards; watch the birds at our bird feeders.
What formats are your books in?
All information is provided by the author and is presented as it was submitted so you the reader get to hear the author’s own “voice” in their interview.