What inspired your latest novel?
I wanted to write a book with an authentic cancer story line in it. Having experienced a cancer journey myself, I recognize that life goes on despite your illness. So in Full of Grace, protagonist Angela, who has made her living as a romance author thus far, begins writing the story of Grace, whose husband is having an affair. Again. (Luckily, that part I didn’t experience.) (:
How did you come up with the title?
The title, Full of Grace, is multi-layered. Angela becomes full of the character she is writing about, Grace. Also, the character Grace, is told she is full of Grace. There are different ways to interpret it.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, no specific messages. If the readers take anything from the book, I’m pleased! I think different things will resonate with different women.
How much of the book is realistic?
I think the book is quite realistic, being that it is a contemporary women’s fiction novel. I like to think I write about current societal issues.
Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
While there are no characters directly based on someone I know, I certainly drew from all the people I have known, including myself, who have had a struggle with cancer. I also wanted a story line where someone adored their grown children, as I do mine.
Where can readers find you on social media and do you have a blog?
Readers can find out more about me on my website, Elizabethcrocket.com. (And I love when they comment!) I’m also active on facebook. Facebook.com/Elizabeth.crocket.7923
Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?
My next book, The Smell of Roses, is hopefully due out in the next year or so. It’s also women’s fiction with a strong romantic element. And so was my debut novel, A Path to the Lake.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
I grew to love both of the protagonists (there are two) Angela and Grace, as the story unfolded. I enjoyed Angela’s sense of humour, and Grace’s kindness, in particular.
Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
I do write in more than one genre. In particular, Japanese short form poetry, including haiku, haibun, photo-haiga and more. I had two chapbooks published by Red Moon Press, the largest publisher of Japanese short form poetry in the western world. There are many samples on my website.
Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I start with getting to know my characters really well. I have been surprised myself by where they take me sometimes!
What is your best marketing tip?
I’m not sure I have a “best”. But I do think it helps to try and build a network of support around you of people you trust and enjoy.
Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?
I think in today’s market, a certain amount of social media marketing is a necessity.
Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
I am so blessed in that regard. My husband, my family, my dear friends and my writer friends are all enormously supportive.
Elizabeth is a women’s fiction author and poet living in Ontario, Canada. She has written three women’s fiction novels, all with a strong romantic element. A Path to the Lake debuted in April, 2018, and Full of Grace launched in January, 2019. The Smell of Roses is slated to be released the end of 2018 or early 2019. You can find out more about her at Elizabethcrocket.com https://elizabethcrocket.com/