Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Interview: Elisabeth Lee author of For Glory

Today Elisabeth Lee, author of the For Glory, is joining us for a great interview!

Beth: Hi! Welcome to Beth's Book Review Blog! It's great to have you here today! Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer some questions.

Congratulations on your second book, Flashes of Glory, being published! Can you tell us a bit about the first in the series, For Glory?

Elisabeth: Hi, Beth. It's good to talk to you. For Glory is really more humor than mystery, for me. I love good characters and improbable events, love to make people laugh, so there's a fair bit of silliness and fun.

I love reading mysteries, though. Can't get enough of them. But I was tired of identifying with younger women with boyfriend problems, etc. I figured a 50-something could be just as sexy, dangerous and slightly demented as anyone else, so I invented Carlyle Hudson. Younger women tell me they like her, too. Guy readers like her love of cars and her poker playing. Happy readers, all around.

Beth: What will Lyle be up to in the new sequel, Flashes of Glory?

Elisabeth: Lyle wakes up in her apartment in San Francisco with a black eye, a ruby ring, and a Bentley. There's more fun, some mayhem at a bridal show, a lot more poker and time in Vegas. I think you'll like it, Beth.

Beth: I loved the L&L's (Lyle's two aunts) racy chocolate business in For Glory. Are they up to their old antics in Flashes of Glory?

Elisabeth: Ha! They have an herb business of sorts, and a booth at the farmer's market. The L&L's are the ones that pull Lyle into THEIR mystery. Well, Lenore does. She says the guy is NOT her boyfriend.

Beth: Carlyle Hudson is quite a character! How did you get the idea for her?

Elisabeth: The silver hair came first, and then the attitude. The family and the dog ground Lyle, show that she's not as tough as she thinks she is. Mac, her sometime love, helps in that department, too.

Beth: There are already two Carlyle Hudson books, can we look forward to seeing her again in a third?

Elisabeth: Oh, yes! I'm working on book 3 now. When I'm writing, Lyle cracks me up.

Beth: Do you have any special writing routines? Do you always write in the same place at the same time of day?

Elisabeth: Routines? Not really. It's more catch-as-catch-can. I tend to get started in the summer when I'm on vacation and have uninterrupted time, but the rest of it eats up weekends and involves stealing time. I can pretty much write anywhere, even in the car (not while driving). All I need is quiet and a pen. I write longhand first, then type it up on computer.

Beth: I'm always curious about what other people are reading. What are you reading now?

Elisabeth: Recently, Daniel Pinkwater's The Neddiad, and The Yggyssey, have kept me entertained. Just finished Muriel Barbery's Elegance of the Hedgehog (loved it), Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger (creepy), and a couple of Ellen Crosby mysteries: The Bordeaux Betrayal and The Merlot Murders (solid, female protagonist).

Beth: And finally, do you have a favorite book of all time?

Elisabeth: Forever and ever it was The Count of Monte Cristo. Must've read it countless times! I love Lonesome Dove, too.

About Elisabeth:

Elisabeth Lee earned a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

A private school teacher and sometime administrator, she is an accomplished poet and author of various professional articles. Formerly a resident of Lawrence, Kansas, a blue dot in a great ocean of red, she now calls Denver home. Those cities figure prominently in her work, along with San Francisco and New York where she has also lived.

For Glory, published late in 2006, was her first work of fiction. Flashes of Glory, a sequel was published in 2009.

Thank you so much to Elisabeth for joining us today! If you'd like to pick up a copy of either Carlyle Hudson book, click the cover images below.


lilly said...

Great interview, questions & answers alike! It definitely convinced me to try Elisabeth's books. I like the idea of a female protagonist that's slightly older but just as sexy, funny and a little out there.
And of course, anyone who puts Count of Monte Cristo on their all time favorite list is an author to like.

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