IndieView with Elizabeth Guizzetti, author of Immortal House

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For more from Elizabeth, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. After this draft,   I set it aside for six weeks (I was given that advice in Stephen King’s   On Writing.) I didn’t believe it until I set Other Systems aside and then it was published by 48Fourteen, back in 2011. Whole scenes might be described in a paragraph or two plus added dialogue and major action. If I need additional, or fewer POVs, this is the draft tells me that. I do my own covers, but I am a professional artist. to show a couple of my friends who have writing backgrounds for feedback. He follows the Seahawks and Mariners religiously. My parents are still only a ferry-ride away. We all know how important it is for writers to read. The dialogue becomes more distinctive as I get to know my characters. Only during my third draft, I am able to see my “little darling” chapters that don’t add to the plot or subplots. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Get your copy of   Immortal House from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I write a draft, then do an edit. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? He never wears black or sleeps in a coffin. My husband and I watch a lot of horror movies. Don’t write expecting to become rich. Then I have my self-published works too. The population keeps growing due to the tech industry. Where did you get the idea from? I mentioned it to my husband and he said, “You have to write that.”
  Elizabeth Guizzetti- 17 November 2018
The Back Flap
Laurence Roch might be the worst vampire in Seattle. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I talk to myself to ensure dialogue sounds natural. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? However, coffin or not, a vampire needs a safe place to rest their head, or they will go insane. I generally have a chapter heading, the goals for the scenes, characters, and a few important thoughts. I just go for it. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? We were watching Tales of a Vampire, 1992 starring Julian Sands when the thought of the huge urban lofts where city-residing vampires are supposed to live are disappearing. I have several influences. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? (2018)
How long did it take you to write it? Immortal House is a satire horror story about Laurence Roch, a vampire who is house hunting in Seattle. Occasionally I write out a joke or do a sketch to keep an idea the inspiration alive. 48Fourteen is a small independent press in Texas and I loved working with them on Other Systems and The Light Side of the Moon. Their actions are justified at least in their own minds. Do you listen to music while you write? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? About the book
What is the book about? I had a wonderful husband and two dogs. Once I start hearing all the primary and secondary characters, I know I have a solid second draft and begin to research any realistic details I’m missing. He is approximately two centuries old. His lover died when he was in torpor (a decade-long sleep) and when he awoke, he found himself alone and without a home. Then I do a blast of action and scenes in order to get a first draft.   I mentioned it to my husband and he said, “You have to write that.”
Except when the real estate bubble popped, house prices have risen most of my adult life. The book is set in present-day Seattle, however, like many vampire stories, Laurence has an origin story. Historically, people have been terrible to each other, so I struggled if the chronological darkness fit into Laurence’s story. I get an idea and put it in my queue (some people call it an idea file), because I’m most likely working on something else. What came easily? Very little detail. I outline. About You
Where did you grow up? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? No. (A small city across the water from Seattle.)
Where do you live now? I read it aloud and make the computer read it aloud to me. Stephen King, Margret Atwood, Tanya Huff are the big ones. If so can you please describe it? What would you like readers to know about you? However, a small press picked up Other Systems (and the sequel) so I never have worked with an agent. Many old homes with large lots are being bought up by investors and modern rowhouses are built in their place. I wrote it, put it in and took it out each time I wrote a new draft. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? This takes me about a month. We were watching Tales of a Vampire, 1992 starring Julian Sands when the thought of the huge urban lofts where city-residing vampires are supposed to live are disappearing. In my second draft, I go over all the major plot points. For people who haven’t been here, Seattle is squashed between two finger lakes and a deep harbor. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I don’t fear the inevitable change, but there are both good and unfortunate aspects to a denser city core and metropolitan area. I write for adults who like fantastical stories with a touch of realism. I had two illustration jobs (A is for Apex written by Jennifer Brozek and the latest story for my comic Out For Souls and Cookies) so my writing time was focused for a few hours a day. He adores peppermint mochas. Around March, this year. I don’t really research in the beginning. I feel it is good enough. I love their stories and the way they pull in the reader with their pacing and word choices. Do you outline? After his mortal love dies, Laurence finds himself alone and without a home. However, each character is a medley of people I’ve witnessed or phrases I’ve caught in the world, not a single individual. When did you start writing the book? Generally, the main story is what it will be at this point. My final draft before editing is when I listen to my manuscript. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Only by draft three do I feel confident to edit as I go. I submitted by first novel to agents and publishers. I need quiet when I’m writing. I do borrow from the real world, because I want all the characters, including supernatural ones to feel real. With a booming tech industry, the city’s population keeps growing. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I grew up in Bremerton. I write another draft, then do an edit. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Compared to my other work, Immortal House came quickly, because I knew exactly where I was going with the story. All my self-published work is edited. I love to watch professional wrestling and often livetweet WWE Payperviews. Primary characters’ personalities are roughed out in a week. When the time is right, I rough out an outline in a day. Then I read for copy before I start sending it out to publishers or hire an editor depending on how I want to bring it to market. Get something down. Without it, the book simply didn’t feel complete, so it went back in.   Do you have a target reader? Get it down. My husband and I watch a lot of horror movies. More often than not, another important point will pop up. Seattle. Did you hire a professional editor? The hunting is good, but affordable real estate is hard to find. Yes. Laurence and Norma’s characters, their backstories, and the jokes. Once I have a little more time and a little more distance: I add or cut and fill the plot holes which my early readers have found. I enjoy birdwatching and hiking. And I’ve worked as an illustrator for Apocalypse Ink Productions another independent press. I am constantly learning and what worked two years ago doesn’t work now. Find your own definition of success and have fun. After they are cut, more important chapters and plot points come to the forefront. Both.