I write a little mystery, a little history, a little romance. My first two books, Love’s Destiny and Love’s Spirit, are historical romances set during the American Revolution. That is my favorite period of history, and I think this era is sadly neglected and overshadowed by Regency novels. The editions were bundled as The Brentwood Saga by my publisher, Crimson Romance/Simon & Schuster.
The third book in the series, Love’s Courage, was published in January 2018. Though it is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone because it’s the story of two secondary characters from the first books. It’s more suspenseful than the first two as my characters become involved in the Culper Spy Ring, but has a central romance, too.
I also write paranormal mysteries set in 1968 in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The reason I set them in 1968 is so my protagonist, Jesse, doesn’t have access to cell phones—she can’t just text or call for help, but must get out of trouble using her wits and resources. Another reason is because I love The Beatles, and this era allows me to set the scene by using their song titles. The paranormal aspect is the ghost that help Jesse solve the mysteries. She is a ghost empath, you see. My first two books in this series are The Cavanaugh House and Buried Secrets. Book three will be out in late 2018.
My husband, Rich, says I get grumpy when I’m not writing. He’s right. I write for the same reason I eat and breathe—I just have to. When I overhear snatches of conversation somewhere out in public like a restaurant or coffee shop, my mind begins to churn out dialogue. Sometimes a news story or my husband’s genealogy interest will bring up a person whose story begs to be told. But how did it all begin?
Let me tell you …
Love’s Destiny, was conceived in a dare. My friend wanted me to read some historical romance novels she loved, and I kept saying, “No thank you.” I had that superior attitude that romance novels were not worthy of my time. Yes, I was a book snob. She finally convinced me, and I read one, then another, then … you get the idea. When I returned the novels to her, I didn’t want her to “win,” so I said, “These were good, but I could do that.” She replied, “Okay, then do it!” I said, “I will!” Yes, I had just accepted a dare to write a romance novel. I still have my hand-written-on-yellow-legal-pads first draft. It wasn’t until I retired from teaching that I polished it enough to submit the manuscript to a publisher.
The Cavanuagh House came to me when the opening paragraph floated through my mind while driving on a crazy-busy highway. As the words came, I knew that this was the beginning of a novel. With the words came the image of a house that would be like a character in the story. The next day, we saw that exact house, deserted and forlorn by the side of the road, just as I had pictured it. Rich is a photographer, so he took a ton of photos of the house, one of which became the cover. I knew I had to write that book.
Interviewers always ask writers if they are a pantster (write by the seat of their pants) or a plotter (plot the book out ahead of time). I am a pantser. I sit down at my computer and let my muse, Boris, have his way with me. The story reveals itself as if I were watching a movie in my mind. Characters talk to me (yes, I hear voices) and if I don’t do what they say, they go on strike. There was one scene in Love’s Destiny that I did not want to write. Actually, in Love’s Spirit, too. The character insisted on it, and until I wrote it, no more of the story came to me.
I work best in the morning. My ideal day is to wake up, have breakfast, and sit down to write. I set the timer on my phone for thirty minutes at which time I’m supposed to get up and do yoga, do some laundry, or ride my stationary bike. Whether or not any of those things happen depends on where I am in a draft. Sometimes I turn off the alarm and just keep writing. Yes, somedays I am in my pajamas until late in the day because the ideas are flowing and no writer lets that opportunity pass.
Love’s Courage: She had to leave him to save her father. He had to follow her to save his heart. As war rages around them, Jenny and Andrew must find the courage to fight for their new country’s freedom and their own eternal love.
Believer in dreams-come-true and self-confessed chocoholic, Elizabeth Meyette is the author of five novels. The Cavanaugh House and its sequel, Buried Secrets, are mysteries set in 1968 in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Love’s Destiny, Love’s Spirit, and Love’s Courage are historical romances set during the American Revolution.
Elizabeth is an Amazon Best-selling author, a PAN (Published Authors Network) member of Romance Writers of America, a member of Sisters in Crime and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Before pursuing her writing career full time, Elizabeth taught English, Journalism, and Library Science/Technology. After retiring from teaching, Elizabeth embarked on her writing career full-time and, in addition to her five novels, has published poetry, magazine articles, and her blog, Meyette’s Musings. A friend said of her, “You haven’t retired, you’ve refired!” She is currently working on her sixth and seventh novels.
Elizabeth and her husband Richard live in west Michigan where they enjoy the beauty of the Great Lakes. They have an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after he endured burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken. Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook.
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Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
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USA Book News Best Book Finalist
Great Midwest Book Fest Honorable Mention.
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters