Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our new anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Elizabeth Solazzo in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
Both of my parents have died in recent years and I am getting a bit older, so my life is also changing. I’m also a caregiver for my husband, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. He has defied the odds of living beyond 3-5 years, but I’m always imagining life without him.
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
I want to be like Eve and live life to the fullest until the end and then accept what comes.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
The family dynamic that has changed between the mother and her daughters to make them take charge. That is happening in my family, and although I appreciate the help, I don’t always expect their taking charge as they try to do.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
I’m not sure it fits into anything. Maybe domestic fiction.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
So much illness and death with parents and now with my husband makes this subject of heaven something I am always thinking of.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
That dying is just part of life’s journey.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
The ending when she was with Mathew on the ship because of the undying love Eve felt.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
I always loved to tell a good story but didn’t actually write anything down until I was a young mother and made up a story to tell my children. I liked it so much I wrote it down.
What is your writing survival checklist? (Aka, what helps your write the best: music, snacks, coffee, complete silence, a stress ball, a cat, or an outline, etc.)
Snacks – but I have to limit myself. And when I really get involved, I forget to eat or drink anything. That’s when I know I’ve had a great writing session.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
I’m influenced by all of the wonderful stories I read. Sometimes, I see something similar to an situation that has happened in my life and think, “Why didn’t I think of that idea?”
What font do you prefer to write in?
I use Times New Roman in 12 point and sometimes larger just to see better.
Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?
I love thecreativepenn.com. She has everything on there.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite – that would be like picking a favorite child.
Elizabeth Solazzo is an award-winning author living in the Piedmont of NC who enjoys writing about family and relationships. Her most recent publication is Saxapahaw – Once a Mill Village, and Chasing the Wind, a book of short stories. She is also the author of Saxapahaw Girl, a collection of essays about family connections and coming of age in small town America. Her first book length publication was A Little Book of Stories, a collection of memoir, some of which had been previously published in various small markets.
She is the President of the Burlington Writers Club and is very involved in the writing community in North Carolina, holding membership in the North Carolina Writers Network as well as Murder We Write, a local chapter of the national organization, Sisters in Crime. Her website, elizabethsolazzo.com, offers book reviews and photographs of her travels along with a few short examples of her writing.
Currently at work on a novel entitled ‘Mountain Melodies’ loosely based on her grandmother’s struggles as a single mother in the Smoky Mountains in the early twentieth century, she is already planning her next project, a cozy murder mystery.