Author: Elizabeth Fisher
Published: December 1st, 2014
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Adult Sexual Content
Recommended Age: 17+
Synopsis: Southern unsophisticate Elzetta Swan has gained the ability to see auras and the more lucrative ability to clean revenge curses from those auras. Embracing the gift faster than grass through a goose, Elzetta is about to finish her first year as a legally licensed bodywasher with a trendy new lifestyle and a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank. But when a routine cleansing suddenly turns ugly, she begins to wonder if a powerful invoker has come to town—one who’s hooked on the rush of setting particularly nasty curses.
As Elzetta attempts to track down the culprit, she faces two fateful confrontations. Each will threaten her trendy new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for the unlikeliest of urban white knights, but together those confrontations could do much worse. They could create in Elzetta a vengeful rage all her own.
Interview with Ms. Fisher:
Tell us about the story. Where did you get the inspiration for it? How long did it take you to write it? Do you share any traits or likes/ dislikes with your characters? Where is your story set? A fictional place or somewhere you’ve visited/ lived?
Curse Me Not introduces Appalachian unsophisticate Elzetta Swan who’s recently gained the ability to see auras and the more lucrative ability to clean revenge curses from those auras. Embracing the gift faster than grass through a goose, she’s about to finish her first year as a licensed “bodywasher” with a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank. But when a routine cleansing suddenly turns ugly, Elzetta finds herself in over her head. She must face threats to both her trendy new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for a reluctant—and way too sexy—urban white knight who’s crossed her path.
Turns out, the plot of Curse Me Not flowed out of me remarkably easy over about four months. I took personal memories, added a fantasy or two, and wrapped it all up with a paranormal twist that I find fascinating—auras. I definitely have things in common with my heroine, in particular an inner child that’s healthy as a horse!
Not surprisingly a half billion things inspired me to write Curse Me Not, not the least of which was my own desire to read something new in the paranormal romance genre. Basically, I twisted and folded lessons I’ve learned over the years into the story. I particularly wanted to show how obsessive anger can do more harm to the one who’s angry than to the one who’s triggered the anger. Well, that and I wanted some fantasy romance, too!
As to why I picked Knoxville, Tennessee, as the setting for the novel, that’s easy. My adopted hometown is big enough to have everything from an opera company to a paint ball club, yet it’s small enough for neighbors to know neighbors. Besides, it’s a hoot living here. As I wrote in my novel, what town could produce Quentin Tarantino, Kenny Chesney and Mountain Dew and not be half off its rocker? When one of my beta readers first read that, she said it fit Knoxville to a T. I hope so, being half off my rocker myself!
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first story in grade school. My teacher made a point of praising my imagination to my mother. At least, I hope it was praise and not a suggestion she seek counseling for me. The story was entitled (misspellings included) “Christoper Columbus and The Miricle of the Hamburger.” I’ve been writing ever since—sometimes fiction and sometimes professional copywriting.
What is your favorite genre to write and to read?
My go-to genre has always been paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I’ll read the “important” stuff on occasion, but I much prefer well written escapism.
What is the last book you read?
Despite what I just said about genre preferences, the last book I read was The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer. Sometimes a girl just needs a classic regency romance.
What is the last movie you saw?
Jupiter Ascending. I love the Wachowskis but as one critique put it, the movie was a visually thrilling misfire. Channing Tatum was nice on the eyes, though.
Are we more likely to catch you reading a paperback book or on an e-reader?
I can just imagine what the sand would do to my e-reader at Myrtle Beach, but I’ve found the seaside is about the only place I don’t take it. So much choice in such a portable little device!
What is your idea of the perfect day?
Finishing off a whole chapter, feeling excited about how I wrote that chapter, a big ole’ glass of Chardonnay, a juicy kiss from Sugar Butt, and the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
What is your preference: coffee, tea, or soda?
Wine. Sometimes I may change it up for a mug of wine or a cup of wine, but generally I just stick to wine.
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About the Author:
Elizabeth Fisher lives in east Tennessee and has deep Appalachian roots that involve all the usual elements—moonshine stills, horse thieving ancestors and rumors of illicit banjo pickin’. Fortunately, due to her father’s less felonious North Carolina heritage, Fisher makes an honest living as an author, freelance writer, editor and graphic designer. In her spare time, she reads, hikes and attempts to oil paint. She believes she’s making great strides in creatively incorporating the errant hairs of her cats—Buck and Bozo—into her still lifes. Her loving husband, Tim, is not so sure.
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