Elizabeth Delisi, how
nice to talk with you. I have enjoyed reading and reviewing
several of your books. It is a delight to get to know a little
more about such a talented gal! Can you tell me how you came
to decide to write mysteries?
I decided to write mystery/suspense for two reasons, I think.
First of all, a great idea came to me for what eventually became
my first published novel, FATAL FORTUNE. I was watching a show
about a psychic who helped the police locate missing children
and I wondered, what if the main character of a book was a psychic
who could help to locate a missing person, but no one in town
trusted her or believed in her powers? That combined with my
growing interest in the Tarot to produce Lottie Baldwin, the
Tarot-toting heroine of FATAL FORTUNE.
The second reason is because
mysteries and suspense are among my very favorite genres to read.
And all the advice suggests that you should write what you like
Elizabeth, tell me what
you are working on now, won't you?
Right now, I'm working
on a time-travel romance set in ancient Egypt. It's taking more
time than I expected because there's so much research involved!
But I want to be sure I have as many details right as I possibly
can. I've always been fascinated with ancient Egypt and I'm enjoying
it, even though it's slow-going. And I'm revising a novella for
a Christmas collection I'm participating in! I certainly have
my work cut out for me. :-)
Do you plan to do book
signings? Do you enjoy signings?
I've done book signings
before and yes, I enjoy them. They're a little bit nerve-wracking
since you can't be sure how many people will show up, but I do
enjoy talking to readers and finding out what they like to read.
I've had some pretty successful signings here in town, and have
done some in bookstores across the state, also.
All my signings have been for
both the paperback and the electronic versions of my books. I've
really enjoyed the opportunity to "educate" people
about e-books. I always bring along my handheld PC or a reader
like the eBookMan, which comes in handy when demonstrating the
ease and benefits of reading e-books. Signing an e-book can be
a challenge. Usually I open the diskette case, take out the diskette
and sign in an open area on the liner--either right on the front
"cover art" portion, or inside the liner if there's
no blank space on the cover. I've also autographed bookmarks,
and have even signed t-shirts, tote bags and mugs that I use
as door prizes at signings. The mug was a challenge! But we found
a felt-tip pen that worked on it--and then the lucky winner promised
she'd never wash it and rub off the signature. <g>
I know you have at least four books under your belt, busy gal!
What does your daily life look like?
I have two different
schedules: the school-year schedule, when my kids are in school
and my husband is teaching; and the summer schedule, when everyone
is home! Right now we're in the summer schedule. I get up a bit
later than during the school year, usually between 8 and 9 a.m.
After breakfast I get started on my writing. My husband usually
spends 3-4 hours of the day in my office, practicing cello or
studying orchestral scores, so we get to work together, which
is lovely. I quit working in time to make dinner, and take the
evening off. This is my schedule usually Monday-Saturday; sometimes
I take Sunday off as well. During the school year, I start earlier,
work later, and sometimes work until midnight, but try to keep
Sundays free for family time. Fortunately, I really enjoy what
I do so it's not a burden to me to spend so many hours at my
I know your new book is about ancient Egypt. How much time did
you spend doing background research and what did it involve?
It involved a great deal
of research before and during the writing process, much more
than any of my other books. Time-wise, it probably translates
to about an hour of research per page! I wanted the details in
my book to be as accurate as possible, so that meant I couldn't
have my characters eat a meal, get dressed, or even use the bathroom
without searching a few books to find out just what they would
eat or wear, or what the sanitary facilities were like.
I have a number of books on ancient
Egypt and they were my primary resource. I took voluminous notes
from them before I started writing. I checked out quite a few
videos on ancient Egypt, and web sites. For details I needed
for the coronation scene and couldn't find anywhere, I resorted
to an e-mail to an Egyptologist. He was very cooperative and
pointed me in the direction of several out-of-print scholarly
articles that I was able to get through inter-library loan.
Ancient Egypt has always fascinated
me, and from the time I was 12, I've wanted to write a book set
there. At last I felt I was ready to do so--but I didn't know
how much effort the research would take. I'm certainly more educated
about ancient Egypt now than when I started the book!
Thank you Elizabeth, I've enjoyed our interview. We'll all be
sure to watch for your short story collection, MIRROR IMAGES
published in March 2001, and for your new novel, LADY OF THE
TWO LANDS which is 'coming soon!'
To learn about Elizabeth Delisi
and her writing, please
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