Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author

Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author
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New Book - In the Lion's Court

The Arkhein: In the Lion's Court, Part 1The Arkhein: In the Lion's Court, Part 1 by Elizabeth D. Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a look at my new book, In the Lion's Court! If you're looking for more dystopian-style worlds to explore (I know I am!) this is for you. Taking place in an alternative-history, America is divided into protectorates and its industrial colonies are surrounded by poisoned "wasted lands", with travel between only by train and at the will of the Sanctioned. Seventeen-year-old Galilea is chosen through Legere to enter Arkhein, a competition with other seventeen year olds at Quentrell Palace for the right to rule as the new Monarch... To be the new face of the Empire. With only three years since the last Monarch was crowned, no one in the colonies was expecting this. The palace is full of secrets, and madness stalks the halls at night.

I wanted you to be aware that The Arkhein is being offered for FREE often, and for limited amounts of time, so check in on Amazon and grab this freebie while you can. :)

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Creating Illusions

We writers live to create illusions from reality. We create fictional realities and make them come alive. It isn't about forgetting reality—though I think we can agree that sometimes we want to—but integrating stories and breathing life into characters so that when you open a book, you forget that it is just a work of fiction.

Ideas come from all around us. Sometimes, ideas form in looking at a situation or even a devastation and thinking 'that isn't right' or 'this is how that might have gone, if things had been different; if that person would have done that, or this person said that' or 'what would a happy ending look like?'

I enjoy stories of hope and inspiration. Maybe it has a fictional setting and fictional characters, but what would this look like in the real world? If people had honor and integrity; if they stood up for the poor and helpless; if family took care of each other; if love really could conquer any mountain.

Because, it doesn't have to be an illusion.

Friday, June 6, 2014

I Speak... The Problem of Ten Thousand Words

I am not a public speaker. I shudder at the thought. I have done some acting on stage, and I loved it, despite the horrible attack of nerves at every performance. But it isn't just the idea of standing behind a podium and giving a speech that set's me on edge. It's speaking up in a crowd of people at all that makes my heart skid to a terrifying halt.

Because, I am not a speaker. I am a writer. It isn't that I have nothing to say, rather, it is that I have TOO much to say. Ten thousand words that get tangled up in the mind, a mass of confusion in the brain. There is no "off" switch to these words—these thoughts and emotions—that parade inside my head.

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? How it plays over and over and you can't seem to shut it off?

A writer's only outlet is the pen and paper. Or maybe a computer screen and a keyboard. Some have a way with words, and they can make speeches. I am not one of them. I prefer to speak through words penned (or typed) on paper.

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So, I may seem quiet in a crowd. People who don't know me may think I am shy or reserved. But it isn't that I don't speak. I just have my own way of releasing the tidal wave of thought and emotion in a (hopefully) somewhat structured and organized manner.

Because what you find written on the page is only half of the words running rampant in the brain. The challenge is taking those ten thousand words in my mind—the ones that play over and over like a song you can't forget—and control them into a story that can convey a thought without exploding like a busted ink pen all over the reader.