Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Elyse Grant is one of several alter egos of author Shelley Lieber. Shelley is a nonfiction writer and publishing consultant known as The Wordy Woman. Shelley wrote 4Ps to PUBLISHING SUCCESS and PUBLISHING MADE EASY & PROFITABLE. Our (my) debut novel is THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX began life as a nonfiction book by Shelley Lieber about re-entering the dating scene at age 40+ after divorce. I’m a fiction writer and I’d been waiting many years to emerge. My opportunity finally showed up one day when Shelley was struggling to organize and present all the stories she had conducted from her real-life interviews with divorced and separated women as research for the book. I saw her falter in frustration and I quickly jumped out and took over the keyboard, introducing her to the characters of Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein. Suddenly everything seemed to fall into place, and the story of THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX unfolded.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I start my books with paper and pen. When all the space has been covered with words, insertions, cross outs, and arrows and can no longer be followed, I transfer everything to the computer and continue that way for the rest of the book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In the past, I was initially influenced by Marilyn French and Erica Jong. Today, I’m old enough and have enough experience to do my own thing. I spent many years in the publishing industry following the rules. Now, I take pleasure in breaking them 😉
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the follow up to THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX. In this book Leah has an opportunity to experience something we’ve all wished for…a chance to see what happens on the road not taken.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use social media, mostly Facebook.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write now, don’t wait for the “right” time.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Drive crazy and take chances.
What are you reading now?
A lot of erotica.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m exploring mixing genres (Romance and science fiction, for example.) I have two novels that are Works in Progress and a notebook filled with dozens more.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I’d cheat and bring my Kindle, filled with hundreds of titles. Once loaded, I don’t need wifi to read.