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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Roads I’ve Traveled by Elissa Daye

Please help me welcome author Elissa Daye to Full Moon Bites! :)

Reading started me down the path to writing. I was an avid reader from the moment I could read my first words. I read everything I could get my hands on. I loved reading and escaping into other worlds. My favorite books when I was a child were written by C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George. I very much wanted to live on my own and survive in the forest.

As a writer, I started early. In second grade I remember getting a notebook as a prize from a teacher and I started writing poetry where every line had to rhyme. Something like “The little kitten lay, fast asleep in the hay.” In Middle School I constantly entered the Young Authors contests with my poetry. I remember when my mom attended a parent teacher conference for 8th grade. My English teacher told her how impressed she was with my writing and told her that I wrote like a 20 year old. It was the best compliment I had ever received at the time and it made me want to do even better.

When I entered high school I started writing short stories, mostly for school assignments. By the time I was a junior in high school, my English teacher encouraged me to enter for a chance to attend the Illinois Summer School for the Arts. At that point in time I had already been writing longer short stories, one of them being a ghost story, which I entered as an example of my writing. I won a scholarship to attend the two week summer camp and had the time of my life. That summer allowed a whole new door to open for me, and while my journey through that portal has not been without challenge, it has certainly been worth it.

 The Destined Series started after I had completed my first two books, and while it was not the first completed, it had been in my head for many years. First it was a series of scenes that I thought would work well together. Then I discovered that there really were no limitations for what I wanted to do. A story with magic? Absolutely, no problem. Add some werewolves? Ok, why not? A steamy love story? Of course, what other kind is there? When I let go of all my preconceived notions of what should and could be involved in a romance novel, writing it was easy. It was passionate, it was uplifting, and it was freeing.

In Flames is the first in the series, and perhaps the easiest to write, for the beginning is just a starting point in the world. Connecting each story and growing the world in each has been more of a challenge. Each book has to be able to build on the other and stand on its own. With book one, I introduce Lysandra, who enters the story with pretty much the worst case scenario thrown at her from the beginning. She channels the power of love through her journey and becomes quite a striking heroine. Aiden is our love interest, a man who really has no interest in love at all. He lives with the curse of his people, a curse that becomes a blessing in disguise.

In Flames is just the first leg of the journey. My goal is to create a diverse series that shows the empowerment of women, and how the world could work in balance. I hope that my readers will appreciate these stories and get a break from their world, if only for a moment.


Elissa Daye was born May 6, 1977.  She studied to be a teacher at Illinois State University and graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in Education.  Elissa taught for 7 years in a range of ages from Kindergarten to Middle School, but found that her passion to write was calling to her.  If she ever goes back to teaching she will search for a position that allows her to teach writing, as that is the subject she loved teaching the best.

In 2011 she finished writing her first book, Terrahtu: The Black Dove which is still in the editing process.  She took part in National Novel Writing Month in November 2011 and completed her second book, The Shadows, which become part of  The Watch Tower Series.   In the middle of December 2011, Elissa started writing her third novel: In Flames (The Destined Series).  She finished it by mid January of 2012 and started the second book: In Rapture, which she completed in April 2012.   Elissa submitted to World Castle Publishing and has accepted a contract for the first book in The Destined Series.

Elissa is happily married and a stay at home mom.  When she is not taking care of her daughter, she is spending time with her writing.   Although the road was long, and often winding, each path she traveled has brought her here.
 
Links where I can be found?
Twitter @daenira







A cursed lineage. A secret magic. A destiny that neither one of them could have predicted.

When Elkliss Keep is rampaged by her sinister Uncle Simeon, Lysandra lost everything she had ever known or loved within a heartbeat. Destiny catapults her into a life she could never have foreseen; a life filled with an unquenchable desire for a man, whose aloof people harbor a secret almost as dangerous as her own.

When Aiden first sets eyes on Lysandra, the beast inside will not be fulfilled until he possesses her. He soon he realizes that Lysandra could be the one true mate that would make his cursed life easier to live.








1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being such a lovely host! Elissa

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