Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Hubby and I live on 60 plus acres in North Texas. Although I am city born and bred, there is a sense of peace in the country that soothes my soul.
I have always enjoyed writing. In grade school, I often made the writing assignments into short stories.
Over the years, I have dabbled in poetry and playwriting, but novels are my preferred mode of expression.
My sense of humor is on the warped side, which may be the reason I write a weekly humor column for two newspapers and have done so for over twenty years. Sarcasm is how I convey my thoughts to the readers. You can get away with far more things using humor.
I have also written two humor books: Fractured Proverbs and Twisted Thoughts (written as Elizabeth Cowan). And, Through the Keyhole, written as Liz Cowan.
So far, I’ve written four novels with several are in the works. They run the gamut from mystery, suspense, and romance. However, people and why they do things fascinate me and I love digging into the psyche of my characters. My books delve into contemporary issues and problems. In fact, Marathon Man is the result of a radio interview I heard with Dr. Ruth regarding a little known male problem.
All my books have autobiographical elements with a generous dose of imagination included. It makes sense since authors write about things we know or experience.
Tell us about your books.
My books in chronological order:
Fractured Proverbs and Twisted Thoughts – Elizabeth Cowan. A collection of familiar adages and many original ones written with a generous twist of humor.
The Dionysus Connection – Liz Cowan. A mystery suspense novel set in Dallas, Texas.
The Marathon Man – Liz Cowan. A mystery/romance.
Sins of the Father – Liz Cowan. Suspense.
Through the Keyhole – Liz Cowan. A collection of humorous stories inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron Nights.
The Beast Within – Liz Cowan. A contemporary twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. with modern problems and a unique dating service.
How did you go about getting published?
Although I love writing, I hate the query letter process.
Your letter goes out to human beings who may be in a bad mood when they open the query letter. In any case, after encountering some less than helpful agents I decided to self-publish.
What some authors fail to realize, more so in the past than now, that the onus of marketing your books is on your shoulders, even with a known publisher. In some ways, writing the novel is the easy part. The process of marketing and catching the attention of readers is the hard part. However, I enjoy book signings where I meet people and sell my books.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I usually write in the evening. This was because until I recently retired, I worked a full-time job and wrote my novels whenever I could work it in.
Sometimes I wake up with an idea and head for my computer. In such cases, it is not unusual for me to write for an hour or two before I can go back to bed.
If I didn’t do that, the ideas disappear by morning and are forever lost.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I love to read and gobble up four or more books a week.
Working in my flower garden is relaxing and gives me time to sort out storylines.
I also believe in exercising every day. I bought a rack for my treadmill, prop my Kindle on it and walk at a fast pace while reading.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Book covers are a hint to what is inside. Covers should catch the eye and draw in the potential reader. All my covers except for Fractured Proverbs are created by a very talented cover designer, Tatiana Vila. I think if you develop a rapor with your designer, the book covers will please you.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I found the Facebook ads to sell books are not very effective and a waste of money. Instead, I use groups like ReadWriteClub to put my books our there. I do use Twitter and Goodreads as well. However, by most successful marketing methods are book signings. It is work the effort to find places that will allow you to display and sell your books.
What’s your favorite book?
I do not have a favorite book because I have very eclectic taste in reading. fiction and non-fiction.
What are you reading now?
Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States & The French Fae Legend Books by Emma V. Leech
What’s your next book project?
The Spell of the Cougar is book two in the Blindfold, Inc. Series. A contemporary version of Hansel and Gretel.