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Unravelling the Mystery: Interview with Elizabeth Delisi

Posted by on 9 January, 2014

The Midnight Zone, Elizabeth Delisi

The Midnight Zone, Elizabeth Delisi

Please help me welcome fellow Tirgearr Publishing author Elizabeth Delisi. Elizabeth is a mystery writer and was also the winner of the MacIntosh clan crest brooch pin in my blog tour giveaway last November. Her latest release, Midnight Zone, is a collection of short stories you might want to read with your door locked, your amulet at the ready, and your lights on.

Welcome Elizabeth, it’s a pleasure to have you here! 🙂

Right. So let’s get’s started, shall we?

KR: Have you always wanted to write?

ED: “Always” is a pretty all-encompassing term. But I can truthfully say I’ve wanted to write since I was in first grade, and have enjoyed doing so ever since.

KR: At what point did you officially consider yourself a writer?

ED: I think the official moment was when I was first paid for my writing. It was $25 for an article I wrote for the local paper. I wanted to frame it, but I needed the money!

KR: Tell me about your writing process.

ED: I’m an outliner. So first, I develop an outline for the story with 1-2 paragraphs per chapter. In those paragraphs, I write what the action is going to be, who’s in the chapter, any stray bits of description or dialogue that come to me, and notes on things like research needed at that point. Once the outline is finished, I can start writing without fear of painting myself into a corner plot-wise.

KR: A plotter!! I could feel myself tensing up just reading that. I’m such a panster. Good on you for having the discipline to outline. I bet that saves you a tremendous amount of time on edits. What does your writing space look like?

ED: Our house is tiny, so my writing space is a corner of our bedroom. In that corner I’ve managed to fit in my computer desk, a file cabinet, printer stand, and my Governor Winthrop desk that used to be my mom’s. As you might guess, it’s cluttered with all that furniture in a small space, but it works for me.

KR: Mine is like that too. And if it summons your muse then it’s perfect! How difficult is it for you to type ‘The End’?

ED: Oh, it’s not hard at all. It’s a wonderful feeling! The hard part is typing “The End” and then not starting to edit and revise it immediately. It’s hard to tell myself at some point it’s time to say it’s done and more revision won’t help.

KR: Tell me about your most recent release? What inspired you to write it?

ED: My most recent release is my speculative fiction short story collection, THE MIDNIGHT ZONE. The stories all have the feel of the old shows THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE OUTER LIMITS, and ONE STEP BEYOND. My childhood love of those shows is what inspires almost all of my short stories.

KR: What can we expect from you next?

ED: I’m working on PERILOUS PREDICTION, the next book in my Lottie Baldwin Mystery Series. After that…who knows? Lots of possibilities, including another Lottie story, and a paranormal romance I’ve been considering.

Wow, sounds like you have lots of great stories to share with us, Liz. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

The Midnight Zone, Elizabeth Delisi

When Cassie buys an antique compact, little does she know it can foretell the future–her future. Marjorie, a Florida girl unwillingly transplanted to Vermont, learns there’s more to fear from the alien snowfall than just the cold. Neil Dallas’s jagged descent from rock and roll singer to drug-addicted has-been is unstoppable…or is it?

Travel deep into unknown territory, where life and death are not as they seem; where you have to be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. These stories will take you beyond the realm of the solid and real, into the deepest, darkest corner of your imagination. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight…

The Midnight Zone: Mirror, Mirror, Excerpt

Cassie opened her compact and peered into the round mirror. Her nose looked a little shiny. As she reached for the powder puff, a movement in the mirror caught her eye. She saw the waiter bringing a drink to the woman at the table in back of her. Served in a pineapple, it had two gaudy red paper parasols and a large pink straw sticking out of the top. Cassie watched, amused, the puff arrested in its journey to her nose.

Suddenly, the waiter tripped. The pineapple slid down the length of the steeply-tilting tray to land, upside-down, in the woman’s lap.

“Oh!” Cassie gasped.

“What?” Laura asked.

“Did you see the waiter spill a drink all over that poor woman?”

Laura twisted in her chair. “No. Where?”

“Right behind me.” Cassie turned around. The table was empty. “I guess she already left. Maybe she went to the ladies’ room to clean up.”

“I didn’t see any woman at that table,” Laura said. “Are you sure?”

“I saw it in my mirror.” Cassie held up her compact.

“Ooh, let me see!” Laura reached for it. “This is lovely! Where did you get it?”

“I found it last week in an antique store on the Cape,” Cassie said. “It was a funny little shop, full of all sorts of peculiar things. I liked the compact so much that I went back the next day to look for another one; but I couldn’t find the place again.” She shrugged.

Laura rubbed her fingers over the engraved gold case, then opened it. “Here’s your problem. This old mirror is so cloudy, it’s no wonder you’re seeing things.” She snapped it shut and handed it back.

“Here comes our lunch.” Laura pointed to a waiter carrying a full tray. Diverted, Cassie forgot all about what she’d seen in the mirror.

An hour later, the two friends finished their meal. On her way out, absorbed in paying the check, Cassie didn’t notice a waiter spilling an entire pineapple full of liquor on a woman who had just been seated.

Elizabeth Delisi

Elizabeth Delisi

Elizabeth Delisi

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 is a multi-published, award-winning author of romance, mystery and suspense. Her time-travel romance set in ancient Egypt, Lady of the Two Lands, won a Bloody Dagger Award and was a Golden Rose Award nominee. Her romantic suspense novel, Since All is Passing was an EPPIE Award finalist and Bloody Dagger Award finalist. Fatal Fortune was a Word Museum Reviewer’s Choice Masterpiece. Elizabeth’s contemporary romance novella The Heart of the Matter is featured in the Valentine’s Day-themed anthology Cupid’s Capers and was an EPPIE Award finalist. A Carol of Love is part of Holiday Hearts anthology and an EPPIE Award finalist. A Cup of Christmas Charm is part of Holiday Hearts 2 anthology and was also an EPPIE Award finalist.

Elizabeth is an instructor for Writer’s Digest University. She has taught Creative Writing at the community college level, has worked as a copyeditor for several small publishers, and edits for individuals. She holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing major from St. Leo University.

Elizabeth is currently at work on Deadly Destiny and Perilous Prediction, the sequels to Fatal Fortune, and Knit A Spell, a paranormal romance.

Elizabeth lives in New Hampshire with her husband and feisty parakeet. She enjoys hearing from her readers.

You can find Elizabeth online on her website here.

3 Responses to Unravelling the Mystery: Interview with Elizabeth Delisi

  1. Kemberlee Shortland, Tirgearr Publishing

    Rock on, Liz! Can’t wait to see Perilous Prediction 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Delisi

    Thanks, Kem. Slowly but steadily, it’s coming along.

  3. Jennifer young

    Sounds amazing! I’m waiting there with Kem for the next…

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