Sunday, November 10, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Divorce by Grand Canyon by Elizabeth Engstrom-GUEST POST

Divorce By Grand Canyon: 8 Riveting True Crime Stories 
by Elizabeth Engstrom 
Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense

Christian Longo. 
Jeremy Bryan Jones. 
Joel Patrick Courtney. 
Patrick Wayne Kearney. 
Russell Obremski. 
Robert Spangler. 
Gabriel Morris. 

Killers all. 

Veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom dives into the horrific stories of these seven serial killers, along with a glimpse into the maggoty world of forensic entomology. Why do these killers do what they do, how do they get away with it for so long, and what is their final undoing? Riveting true crime stories to make you lock your doors at night. 

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter. 

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published. 

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book. 

 I’m an avid knitter and gardener. When I finish work for the day, I try to find something quiet to do so I can think about what I just wrote (and how I’m going to change it in the morning), and what my next day’s writing looks like. Knitting and gardening are both perfect for that type of reflection.
My fiction-writing process is this: I know three things about a book before I start: 1. I have an interesting character. 2. I have an interesting setting. 3. I have an interesting problem. Fiction is all about conflict, and the conflict needs to be unusual.
Then I figure out my ending. I always know the ending first. If I can’t find the ending, I look for it in the beginning, as good fiction is circular in nature; the ending echoes the beginning. Likewise, if I can’t find the beginning, I look for it in the ending.
I don’t outline, as such. I know the signposts along the way, and I write toward them, one after another. There are certain aspects to the way humans like their stories told in the three-act structure. Handouts on this are available on my website,
Then I write, start to finish. I never go back, except for the previous day’s work, to tune it up a bit. I keep a legal pad of changes I want to make in the second draft. I write straight through to the ending. Then I give it two weeks to “cool”, give it a read, make copious notes, and then write a second draft. Then cool for two weeks, then a third draft. Cool again for two weeks and give it a polish and send it out.

This is the process that has worked well for me over the years. It’s not everybody’s process, as there are as many ways to write a novel as there are writers. But if you don’t have a way, you might try this way, and then tweak it until you find your own way.  

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