Tuesday, March 26, 2013

20 Questions: Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer: Elizabeth Alsobrooks!

True friendships stand the test of time and distance. When I first met Elizabeth, she was a single mother and teacher struggling to find an imaginative outlet through romance writing even though her background and writing voice was in academia. How to describe her? Opinionated. Intelligent. Wickedly funny. She loved horror, myths, adventure . . . and books. We clicked creatively and have been each other’s go-to for critiques and encouragement it seems like forever! So I’m absolutely beaming with pride at the release of her first novel, Illuminati: The Book of Life.

This first book in a series is the perfect vehicle for her writing style – a smart adventure/romance she calls Urban Fantasy Reinvented. Strong, relatable characters walk a tight-rope of ancient legends and modern day intrigues, blending action a la Indiana Jones/Lara Croft with the mysteries of a Dan Brownesque mythology, and emotional family pathos. These folks could have their own reality show: Affairs of the Rich and Immortal! Well drawn characters lead the reader along a daring chase that leaves plenty of room for series expansion. My favorite – the eloquently fawning servant Hassidim. I need a Hassidim. I want a Hassidim. And then, of course, there’s the hunky brother, Andrew . . . but that, I’m told, is another story.

Getting to know Elizabeth:1. Party dress or blue jeans? Skorts! I live in AZ. 

2. Night owl or early bird? Hoot, for sure!

3. Broadway or museum? Museum…though I loved Phantom of the Opera, both on Broadway and in Vegas.

4. Five words you use to describe yourself. Eclectic. Easily bored. Curious. Confident. Loyal.

5. Favorite books from childhood. Fairy Tales.

6. Three favorite movies. Stargate, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Tomb Raider (I can't count).

7. What’s on your Bucket List? Going to Italy, New Zealand, Egypt and Hawaii. Have Bobby gourmet cook!

8. Something quirky about you that no one knows (we won’t tell anyone!) I do Tarot readings.

The Written word:

9. What type of fiction heroine would you be? Jane Eyre or Lara Croft? Definitely Lara Croft. If I were Jane Eyre, I'd be a serial killer--though I LOVE that novel and wrote my first college English paper about the archetypes in Jane Eyre.

10. Favorite genre to read? Anything Dark, Gothic, Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, filled with a lot of plot twists and fast-paced action/adventure. Yes, that's why I write Urban Fantasy.

11. Fiction hero you would run off with. Oz, the Great and Powerful!

12. Favorite books you can read over and over. The classics, Poe, Bronte, Dickens….

A Writer’s Life:

13. OCD plotter or free range pantser? Pantser on steroids.

14. Which is easier, the synopsis or the book? ALWAYS the book.

15. Live to write or write to live? Day job? Retired teacher.

16. First publishing rejection (and getting back on that horse). 30 years ago. Got back on the horse a few years ago.

17. First person you call when you get a sale.My FB peeps.
18. Biggest hurdle to getting words on the page and how you overcome it. Words on the page are not a problem. Revision, where the magic happens, is much more difficult.

19. What’s on your desk? Isis, a statue given to me by my girlfriends in my critique group.

20. When can we get your next book and what’s it all about? My next book is Illuminati: The Tree of Life. I am still writing it, so I'm not sure when it'll be out.

And here’s and extra treat - An up close and personal glimpse of Luc Vargas in this mini In The Name of Love Character Quiz: 

© Luc, you’re rich, worldly and GQ gorgeous. Why are you still single?

Luc: The thought of watching the woman I love grow old and die while I stayed the same is too painful. 

© What type of woman are you instinctively drawn to?

Luc: Strong, brave and yet somehow vulnerable. 

© What’s an absolute deal breaker in a relationship?

Luc: Getting too attached to a mortal. 

© Who made the first move in this relationship, and what was it?

Luc: Nalini did. She sliced open my chest with a dagger. 

© The minx. What would she have to change to make this relationship work?

Luc: Her family affiliation. 

© If you could breech that impossible barrier, what are you most looking forward to as a couple?

Luc: Not spending eternity alone. 

© What could stand in your way?

Luc: My darkest enemies, and my most beloved family members.

Illuminati: The Book of Life 
By Elizabeth Alsobrooks 
Barnes & Noble

Ljluka Vargas, immortal prince and the cool-headed enforcer for the Vargas Dynasty, must go up against his most intriguing enemy, the mysterious Nalini. She intends to beat him to the secret archaeological site of The Book of Life which contains the genetic secrets of their ancient ancestors.

In order to escape the cruel domination of her family and gain freedom for her mother, Nalini assumes the role of assassin. In her rival, the sleek and deadly Luc, she finds a different kind of danger. She’s supposed to eliminate him, but that would foil destiny’s plan for them to be together.

It’s a race from power-hungry D.C. cabinet rooms through the secret realms of the Vatican, from cloud forests and desert sands to the caverns of the Underworld as mankind hangs in the balance. For whoever possesses the Book of Life has the potential to rule the world, offering or denying immortality to the human race. 

Now that her children have flown from the nest, Elizabeth lives with her two new babies (AKA Maltese) and husband, Bobby, at the foot of the beautiful Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, AZ.

She loves to hike the mountain trails, ride her bike on the miles of walk/bike paths, sit on her patio sipping coffee and reading or brainstorming plots and enjoying the grandeur of her breathtaking mountain views.

For an added surprise, follow Elizabeth to her blog for a special giveaway!!!


  1. Tarot readings, very cool! Fun interview, ladies! So nice to get to know you better, Elizabeth! Heading over to your blog now :)

  2. Congrats on your release! I saw Phantom in Vegas too. It was so amazing. I couldn't believe they built that theater just to house the production!

  3. Readers will be missing so much if they do not read you!

  4. Thanks so much, Melissa. I'm wondering what they will put in Vegas next....

  5. That's very sweet of you, Donna. I will miss them too, as everyone's impression helps me grow as a writer.

  6. Thanks for stopping by to make Elizabeth feel welcome. Buy her book . . . you'll enjoy it! Now you owe me a Tarot reading, Dr. E!

    1. You got it! We'll have to skype soon! Or you could come out and go swimming... Thanks so much for having me here. I love your blog. There's always so much going on!