I put together this introductory video using Filmora... I'm pretty pleased with how it came out!
In "real life," I'm a disabled vet living with my two rescue cats, Levi and Tobi, in Tucson, Arizona. I love the desert, and my computer is set at a bay window overlooking the desert and the mountains rising to the north and northeast. I sit here and see coyotes and quail and hawks, woodpeckers, people walking their dogs, roadrunners, coyotes (I like coyotes), even the occasional bobcat.
I'm a disabled Vietnam-era vet; I was in the 9th Division stationed up at Ft. Lewis, Washington for several years, and I also did a short temporary assignment with NATO in Europe (which wasn't terrifically interesting). Although I'm disabled now and unable to so many things I used to do, I very much appreciate and consider myself lucky that I got to do so many things that many will never have a chance to do at all, and I try not to repine that I can't do them again/anymore (as the case may be). Instead, I am grasping with both hands the opportunity to have the time to follow my life-long dream of being a writer.
I'm addicted to SecondLife and the world I've created there. I have a public park with lots of writing spots, including 4 libraries I've built, and when I'm writing, I'm most likely also in SecondLife with my avatar in some lovely spot that keeps me motivated. I'm Elysa Swansong there, feel free to look me up and say hi!
I also now have my own radio station, The Best of Lady Elysa. You can even listen in on your phone using the Tune-In app... or activate Tune-In on your Alexa app, and tell Alexa "Play the Best of Lady Elysa!"
I've traveled quite a bit and lived many places, including a year in Cairo, Egypt attending the American University in Cairo as an exchange student. Then a few years later I took a contract in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working at a hospital that was a designated burn center. I was there (inadvertently) through Desert Storm. I call upon my experiences in the Middle East a lot in my stories!
All this aside, a writer is who and what I am... a romance writer. I write what I know, and what I know is romance. Dozens of story lines and literally hundreds of characters live and breathe within the not-so-narrow confines of my imagination, and it's my joy and pleasure to bring them to life, to share them with others by writing their stories.
I'm very fortunate in my daughter, Christina, who all through high school was very supportive of my writing. She brought me endless glasses of tea, was understanding when I suffered agonies over sentence structure, cheered me on when I'm on a roll, bragged to all her high school friends about her "writer" mom (and by the way is a marvelous brainstorming partner), and who had to learn to cook and do laundry in self defense. She's grown and graduated from college with a BA in Art and is married now... but she's still my best supporter and Brainstormer Extraordinaire and always has time to hear her mom's ideas and give feedback!
Almost every year I participate in NaNoWriMo... or National Novel Writing Month, an month-long self challenge to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. A truly amazing world-wise endeavor, very motivational, very fun! Visit Allie's official NaNoWriMo profile for a synopsis and excerpts of my current Work in Progress.
And... just for fun... read my NaNo 2008 Journal Entries as I beat the clock in 2008, finishing all 50,000 words in just 11 days! Yep, that's right, I didn't actually start until November 20th... and that was also the first year that I actually won!!
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