Hi, all! I’m very pleased to introduce you to C. Elizabeth Vescio, author of Elegantly Wasted and a soon-to-be-announced sequel! She’s one of my solo feature sponsors this month and you should definitely click on her gorgeous sidebar button after you finish reading her interview. Her book’s website is AWESOME! Read through her interview and then be sure to enter the giveaway below to grab a chance at winning a print copy of Elegantly Wasted and 3 5×7 character cards from the novel!
Take it away, C. Elizabeth Vescio!
I had been tossing around an idea for a family “dramedy” for awhile (like since 2005)… I wanted to incorporate some of my own family’s antics into a fictional backdrop. My cousin, Amanda and I would sit out on her porch and talk the ideas out while she drank wine. The story slowly came to life and once I had that solid idea down- the book just flowed out.
The book is about a cynical black sheep named Frankie- a sociopath who rebels against her elitist and controlling family to become a contract killer. After some time, she finds herself back in her home town to set up her front as a teacher at her cousin Kat’s prestigious etiquette school while her other cousin Addi grows suspicious of Frankie’s actions. One thing leads to another and Frankie finds herself training her two eccentric cousins how to help her pull off higher profile hits. The trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.
3. Where do you garner inspiration for your novels?
My family gives me my best inspiration. They are not only supportive but they like to read about these embellished and ridiculous characters. They even offer me up advice on how to make them act. So often my cousins will call me and the first words out of their mouths are “I have a story for the book.” My friends also give me every day inspiration- whether they have character traits to add or just some advice when I’m feeling frustrated.
4. Are you independently published or traditionally published? What led you to make that decision?
I chose the independent publisher: Luna Station Press. I had become close friends with Jenn, owner and operator, and she gently pushed me to publish the book. Whether it was through her or not, she didn’t care- she was good at getting me to take that first step. It was important for me to feel at home with a good editor and publisher. LSP makes me think about my writing, work on my writing… and they even provide some good laughs when I need them. Luna Station is also a great role model for women author’s! There is a big emphasis on short stories that Jenn publishes called the Luna Station Quarterly.
5. What genre/categories do your books fall under?
My book falls under the action/mystery genre. It’s got blood, guns, and a lot of foul language.
6. Have you ever considered trying a different genre for a novel? If so, what genre would you like to pursue?
I have a real soft spot for Science Fiction. In fact, I have written another book in that genre but haven’t published it. It needs a lot of work but I’m looking forward to branching out and writing new genres. Recently, I’ve met some inspiring YA authors who have made me kind of curious of that genre as well.
7. What is the best marketing strategy that you’ve discovered as a published author?
I find that twitter is a useful tool… as well as reaching out to book bloggers. If you research enough you can find a great community of people who are just genuinely interested in reading what you have to offer and passing it on to others. I have also taken to spending a monthly amount advertising on blogs- not just book blogs but design blogs as well. Being a designer and photographer, I like to reach out to those people as well.
8. What are your top 3 favorite books? Why?
My very favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was the first “grown up” book I read as a child and that my mother read with me. So those memories stick.
I also love Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– I think it’s hard to find the unique humor of the great Douglas Adams.
My third pick would have to be American Gods by Neil Gaiman. He inspires me daily, but American Gods blends that ancient mythology which is a favorite subject of mine.
It’s hard to pick a top three!
9. What does a day in your “writing life” look like?
I retreat to my cozy office with a Diet Coke in hand. I have three small dogs who will either let me write or demand I play with them for a bit. I use those times to think about what I’m trying to accomplish in my writing. I try not to set word goals too often. I find that it can aggravate me more. If I’m looking for inspiration or ideas, I turn my music on but if I’m sitting down to write- then it’s total silence. Sometimes my husband will sit down there with me and I ask him about a certain plot point. He’s a great story teller- having played games like Dungeons and Dragons since he was a kid. He just hates to write- so we compromise.
10. What advice would you give an up-and-coming author?
Don’t stop writing. Get that idea out. It doesn’t matter if it needs refining or work… just get it down on paper- or computer screen. Your ideas are invaluable and they may change or grow into a better one, but always get those first thoughts out. I had two girls tell me recently that Elegantly Wasted inspired them to get back into writing, and it’s really the best compliment a writer can get- giving pushes or inspiration to others. I love it. I think that stories are what connects us. These days, people can seem more disconnected regardless of social media… so I try to connect with readers and other authors. I think it helps not only you, but everyone else. A writing community is a helpful thing!
Thank you so much, C. Elizabeth! I’m thrilled to have had you on the site today!
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