Archive for April, 2011

29
Apr

Music Time

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It’s Friday! Woo-Hoo! I know some of my readers are at the annual Malice Domestic Conference in Bethesda, MD this weekend, so I’m hoping those who are still home (like me) will play along with today’s Bits & Pieces…

1) What’s your all-time favorite dance tune?

2) What’s a song that gets you teary-eyed?

3) Favorite Disney-movie song?

4) What’s your favorite genre of music? Your least favorite?

~Elizabeth

28
Apr

Questions Galore

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Today’s writing questions come from Sandie and Aimee via my Facebook Author Page…

Sandie’s Q: Do you write the story line first & then put in the dialogue or do it together??

A: Sandie, there are a good many writers out there who can jump around when they write, writing, say, chapter five before they write chapter three. I’m not one of them. I write in order, from start to finish. I suspect this need to write in order is a throwback to my newspaper days when you started with your lead. So to narrow in on your specific question, the dialogue goes in at the same time as everything else. When I’m done with the book, I go back and read it all outloud (when no one is around) to make sure the dialogue sounds natural. 

Aimee’s Q: Do events from your real life show up in the books? Past, present, future hoped for events?

A: Aimee, I tend to be a writer who stays away from using my real life. I guess that’s because, like readers, I like the momentary escape. That said, however, my first series (several years ago) used a young journalist as a protagonist. That was real life for me. It allowed me to bring in the newspaper office and aspects of that job (particularly in the first book, JURY OF ONE). In my romance novel, MIRACLE BABY, the whole book stemmed from an ornament I received from my then-agent.  Oh, and back to that earlier series… In the second book, FORECAST OF EVIL (my favorite), the story takes place on Mackinac Island. I’d been there once or twice but never in winter. So I took what I knew of the area and combined it with research specific to winter on the island and created the book.

Any more questions out there?

~Elizabeth

27
Apr

Inspired by Surprise

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For the past few months, my youngest daughter has been talking about the then-upcoming movie, Soul Surfer. She asked if she could see it when it came out and I tucked the request into that “must do” corner of my brain.

Last night, that “must do” was moved into the “did” corner and thankfully so.

For those of you who might not be familiar with this movie, Soul Surfer is the real life story of Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer who lost her arm during a shark attack. I’ll admit, I had no idea what direction the movie was going to take when we set out for the theater last night. I figured it would be inspirational on some level but had no idea just what to expect.

In the time span of about two hours, I was struck by two things that took hold of my heart and stayed with me throughout…

1) This young girl had amazing faith. In herself and God. It was truly beautiful to watch.

2) The support she got from her family–her parents and her brothers was nothing short of a gift. To see them rally around her the way that they did got me teary-eyed more than a few times. 

I’m not sure how many people could have come back from a trauma the way this kid did…and she did it through faith.

Wow. Just wow.

If you haven’t seen it, add it to your list of movies to see. You’ll be hard pressed not to come away with something you can use in your own life.

In the meantime, is there someone you’ve known–either personally or otherwise–who has inspired you simply by the way they handled a tragedy?

~Elizabeth

26
Apr

All I Want To Do Is Read…

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Remember that goal I mentioned a few weeks back? The one about finding more time to read because it’s something I enjoy?

Well, I’m not doing so well.

I have the book next to my bed. And I’ve really enjoyed the few chapters I’ve read so far. But finding the time to pick it up and actually read it?

Um, no.

Which means I need some help figuring a way to squeeze it in around all of the things that seem to push it to the side each day (like writing and life). So tell me, when do you read? Is it something you do naturally or do you push yourself to make the time?

~Elizabeth

25
Apr

I, Elizabeth Lynn Casey, am a neat freak

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I’m a neat freak. Always have been, always will be. I like clean desks and counters and despise “the pile.”

I also like organization (to-do lists, file folders, and a place for everything).

So when my office became a victim of floods here in NY in mid-March, my sanity was put to the test. The living room floor played host to stacks of folders, the couch became a place for special books and memorabilia normally on my shelves, and the dreaded “pile” not only found its way into my world but it also multiplied. Ten-fold. 

I got really good at not looking into the living room those next four weeks or so as we tried to decide what to do with the floor. But even though I tried not to look, I still saw. Grrrrr.

Fortunately, while I was traveling for some launch events last weekend, a new floor was put down in my office. And then, just yesterday (while waiting for my kids to get home), I started moving back in–folders back in their file cabinet, memorabila back on its shelves, books in their appropriate spot. And boy, do I feel better.

Phew.

Any other neat freaks out there? 

~Elizabeth

P.S. If you  happen to be on Facebook, I’m running an impromptu contest for fans of the series on myAuthor Page today. Here’s a LINK.

22
Apr

Hop To It

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How about an Easter-themed Bits & Pieces?

1) Favorite Easter candy?

2) Favorite Easter day tradition?

3) Egg hunt or no egg hunt?

4) Least favorite Easter candy?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth

20
Apr

The Nature Side of Things

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I’ve always been fascinated by genetics, and how they play a role in shaping a person. Take for example, my youngest daughter. At the age of 12, this little girl has a real gift for writing (like me), yet is also exceptionally good in math (like her dad).  My  oldest daughter, while motivated to reach her dream (me), is more than a little flaky at times (like my sister).

I could give a ton more examples, but I think it’s safe to say the “nature” part of the nature/nurture debate is alive and well in homes across this entire world. And it’s cool, it’s really very cool.

But just as I’m aware of the role genetics plays in my own kids’ lives, I find myself wondering where I fit in terms of previous generations. For example, my grandparents had eleven grandchildren (born from three of their six kids). Five of the eleven grandchildren are creative enough we opted to pursue things like art, photography, film, and writing. Is that a coincidence? Or did we get that aspect from one (or both) of our grandparents?

It’s a question I’d give just about anything to ask them if they were still alive. And it’s an answer I’m not sure I’ll ever have since they’re not. You see, when my grandparents arrived in America, they took the kinds of jobs that were available to them. He drove a delivery truck, she worked as a nurse and then took care of her children. They were good jobs, jobs that put food in their family’s mouth and kept shoes on their feet, yet they left little room for creativity.

That said, I can’t help but wonder if one of them crafted stories in their head, or doodled pictures on a napkin when no one was looking…

So here’s my question for all of you: What would you ask your grandparents if they were still alive?

~Elizabeth

19
Apr

Plucked From The TBR Pile

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So what are you reading right now?

I just started SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo. I’m only about four chapters in but, Wow. Very unsettling so far.

I’m also about to start reading a dear friend’s manuscript. Can’t wait!

~Elizabeth

18
Apr

Ta Da!

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I am positively giddy over the newest cover art for my Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series!!  I’m so giddy, in fact, I can’t help but share a sneak peek of it with all of you!

This is the just-completed cover for Book # 5 in the series–DANGEROUS ALTERATIONS (release date: November 1st). Isn’t it  gorgeous??

Ahhhh, my cover artist loves me. She really truly does. 🙂  Now, with any luck, I’ll get the very same artist for my new series (stay tuned for information on that later this week).

In addition to various story “clues” in the picture, my faithful readers should know exactly who that rabbit is…  Leona will be very proud!

~Elizabeth

15
Apr

All Over the Place

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a Bits & Pieces Friday. So let’s get to it, shall we?

1) Favorite exercise?

2) Least favorite exercise?

3) What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, yet haven’t?

4) Favorite odd smell?

5) Favorite guilty pleasure?

6) If breakfast in bed showed up on your lap, what would you want it to be?

~Elizabeth