Saturday, 14 April 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway:

Yesterday we were introduced to author Elizabeth Marx, today she gives us a peak behind the office door, so we can get to know her a little better. I love learning about the authors because then you can see a little more how the characters came to be.  Let's take a gander through Elizabeth's world....

What’s sitting on your desk right now?
iPhone, iPad, piles of paper and Puffs. Oh, I forgot, a Flat Stanley who should be in the post.
Three things that inspire you?
Art, music, and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Favorite movie candy?
Milk duds.
Favorite supernatural movies?
It’s an old one, but Somewhere in Time. I actually stayed in the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, where the movie was filmed. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also eerie. If you wanted to believe in ghosts or time travel it would definitely be a spot to set such things. 
Favorite time of day?
7:50 a.m.  It’s the guaranteed time that everyone will be gone to school, work, etc. and I have a nice peaceful house to write in.
If you could meet any character from books/tv/movies who would you chose?
If you could insure my safety, I’d like to meet Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I have been fascinated with him since I first read the book when I was 15.  I love the scene in the dining room in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie version when Jonathan Harker first gets to Dracula’s castle, there is so much anticipation in that scene that it makes you swallow. And really what 19th century girl could resist Dracula’s allure?                                                                  
 If you weren’t a writer what would you be doing?
 I was an interior designer before I became an author, so I’d probably go back to that or something artistic. I also love museums and history, so maybe I’d become a tour guide.

Favorite place in the world?
This is a difficult question for me because I have been lucky enough to take fabulous journeys.  I’ve sat in the Sistine Chapel at twilight. I have dined in the Orangerie de Versailles. I’ve been as close to Mona Lisa’s smile as anyone’s allowed too. I’ve strolled through Monet’s garden at the height of summer. I have driven up and down Italy, across France twice, and trekked between Madrid and Barcelona. I’ve walked the beaches of many islands in the Caribbean, and Hawaii. I have visited almost every major city in the U.S. (the only exception is NY). I’ve seen so many fascinating places, great works of art, and locations where history occurred that it’s difficult to pick just one. But I guess the simple answer is that my favorite place is within my own head.

Now, that’s not because I think I’m so interesting, but because when I go inside myself I can imagine a Punk rocker being inspired to compose a symphony based on the ceiling of Michael Angelo’s masterpiece. Or a masquerade ball being held in Orangerie de Versailles celebrating an awkward girls coming out party in 1920’s Paris. Or a young art student who accidentally stumbles past the ropes at Mona Lisa’s portrait and falls into the arms of an irritated security guard who happens to be a boy she’s been having nightmares about. Or an elderly couple returning to Monet’s garden to celebrate their seventy-fifth wedding anniversary because of a chance encounter there almost 80 years before.
So my favorite place in the world is where I can create all these worlds and countless others. I hope you’ll stop by my website and see what my minds been up to. http://www.elizabethmarxbooks.com

Thanks again for your time Elizabeth. Don't forget dear readers to enter to win a copy of her book, the link is here. Be on the look out for my review later today.

Be Blessed and Happy Reading

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