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Shelley Lieber is an author with a split personality. As The Wordy Woman, publishing consultant, she wrote "4Ps to Publishing Success" and "Publishing Made Easy & Profitable."
Her wilder side writes erotic fiction under the pen name Elyse Grant. "The Prince Charming Hoax" is her debut novel.
A third personality common to both Shelley and Elyse is Vegan Novelist, who blogs about vegan food and lifestyle.
Shelley is what native North Carolinians call a “halfback.” Originally from New York, she moved to Florida, then to North Carolina. Shelley now lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband, who is remarkably patient and skillful at adjusting to her personality switches.
If you're interested in knowing more about how the dual personalities of Shelley and Elyse emerged, keep reading...
I can honestly say, “Books are my life.” It probably began with the children’s stories my mother read to me. One glorious day, my father brought home a book for me to read by myself. It was a first-grade reading primer. I can’t imagine where he got it, but I still have the well-worn hardcover on my bookshelf!
From that day on I was addicted to reading, and I have no intention of trying to break the habit. Since graduating from college, my career has been rooted in some area related to books and communication: I’ve held positions in book publishing, magazine publishing, marketing, and public relations as an editor, writer, author, publisher, marketing director, publicity agent, consultant, and author advocate.
Some may know me as Shelley Lieber, The Wordy Woman, author and publishing consultant. In that persona I wrote 4Ps to Publishing Success and Publishing Made Easy & Profitable; created the VIP Authors writers community; and founded Visual Impressions Publishing, a publishing vehicle for independent authors.
But there’s another writer-protagonist in this story. About ten years ago I was transitioning from divorced, single-mom, freelance writer to being an empty nester in a second marriage with a new career as a publishing consultant. A few years later, I began writing Sex in the Suburbs, a nonfiction book about my midlife experiences re-entering the dating world when one day the story abruptly morphed into fiction. You’ve probably heard authors talk about characters having lives and minds of their own. That’s exactly what happened to me.
Elyse takes over...(Oh, please! If we wait for you to tell the story, these nice readers will be here all day...)
My novel, THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX, began life as a nonfiction book by Shelley Lieber that was going nowhere fast. I’m a fiction writer and I’d been waiting many years to emerge. My opportunity finally showed up one day when Shelley was struggling to organize and present all the stories she had conducted from her real-life interviews with divorced and separated women as research for the book. I saw her falter in frustration and I quickly jumped out and took over the keyboard, introducing her to the characters of Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein. Suddenly everything seemed to fall into place, and the story unfolded.
Shelley returns...Thanks, I’ll take it from here.
The Prince Charming Hoax, a sizzling hot story of self-growth and empowerment, was almost seven years in the making. While in the final editing stage and preparing for the release of the ebook, it occurred to me that I was also gearing up for my personal “release” as the author of erotic fiction. Contemplating these momentous events, I was struck by the realization that Shelley Lieber and Elyse Grant are the real-life models for Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein. Shelley and Leah are the “good girls,” smart, creative, with nurturing mom-type personalities. Roxie and Elyse are the “naughty girls,” sassy, ambitious, with a penchant for bending the rules and having fun.
The truth is that every woman has these two personalities within. Mine are just living it out publicly! I hope you enjoy The Prince Charming Hoax. FYI: This is Leah’s book with Roxie as co-star. But in the third novel of the e-trilogy, Roxie will get the lead role.
Elyse says: “If I have anything to with it—and I do because I’M the fiction writer—Roxie will get the lead in book two.” Shelley replies: “Yes, well, I’M the editor, so we’ll see who wins this argument ☺.”
You can follow Shelley and Elyse’s escapades in the real and literary worlds at their blogs.