Author Interview – Elise Warner

Elise Warner

 

I have the pleasure today of welcoming author Elise Warner to Booklover Book Reviews.

The cosy mystery Scene Stealer (read my review) is Elise Warner’s recently released debut novel, but Elise is no stranger to the arts and having her works published.

Elise, you’ve had a raft of your writing published (magazines and newspapers) and performed (plays), what made you decide to write your first novel?

I was traveling to Lincoln Center via the subway to pick up tickets for a performance, when I noticed a rather scruffy looking man and a young, well-dressed little boy. They seemed like an odd pair and they stayed in my mind. My imagination took it from there and developed into my cozy.

Did it take long to find a publisher that was right for you? What made you choose to publish via the electronic medium, and now the audio medium before the traditional hardcopy?

I chanced upon a notice that said Carina Press (the first digital publisher I tried) would read new novels, sent Scene Stealer off and forgot about it. A few months later, I received a telephone call from Angela James, the Executive Editor of Carina Press telling me they wanted to publish my book. One of the best phone calls I’ve ever received. Ebooks have joined traditional hardcopies; giving book lovers another choice. I believe there is room for all. Of course, the dream would be to have a book published in every medium.

Scene StealerGiven your theatre background it seems no coincidence that this novel centres on actors with much of the story’s action taking place inside an old theatre. Are there elements of yourself in spunky protagonist Miss Augusta Weidenmaier?
Miss Weidenmaier is loosely based on a character actress, I toured with some years ago. She was a tough, no nonsense lady. She passed away some years ago but I hope she knows and approves.

I notice the Scene Stealer cover subtitle is ‘An Augusta Weidenmaier Mystery’. Have you started writing the next novel in the series?

I began a novel about a dancer who was found murdered-gangland style and the lives he affected as soon as I finish that one, I will begin the next Augusta Weidenmaier Mystery. She keeps poking me.

I read somewhere you have travelled to Australia in the past. Where in our great country did you have the opportunity to visit?

Melbourne – with a side trip to Ballarat which inspired an article about the gold mining that took place there and another side trip to see the smallest penguins returning from a day’s fishing- another article. We visited the Opera House in Sydney, the Rain Forest and the Reef and traveled on the Ghan to Alice Springs. An unforgettable experience. Our first trip was made because my husband’s father grew up in Australia-we fell in love with the country.

I’d like to thank Elise for sharing these insights with us and I encourage readers to check out her novel Scene Stealer and Elise’s personal blog on her life and travels.

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