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Elyse Grant is the pen name and one of three known personalities associated with Shelley Lieber, an author with a split personality.
"The Prince Charming Hoax," her debut novel, introduces two boomer women with strong and sometimes conflicting personalities that match the author's real-life alter egos: smart, creative, and nurturing vs. sassy, ambitious, and daring.
If you're interested in knowing more about how the dual personalities of Shelley and Elyse emerged and what a spit-personality author faces daily, keep reading...
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.
Elyse takes over...(Oh, please! If we wait for you to tell the story, these nice readers will be here all day...Besides, they're not here to learn about you, anyway.)
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.
By the way, a third personality common to Shelley and Elyse is Vegan Novelist, who writes about her adventures with vegan food and lifestyle. The truth is that every woman has multiple personalities within. Ours are just living it out publicly! You can access all three blogs and follow our escapades in the real and literary worlds from the Shelley Lieber blog. (She is our host body, after all ;-)
on May 25, 2013 :
The Prince Charming Hoax blends everywoman’s history of divorce with every other woman’s sexual fantasy in a curiously appealing mix. There’s self-help tucked in there as well with Leah determined to write that book while Rox is determined the live life free and to the full. The mix of pained recital and vital action works surprisingly well, and, while the exchange of bodily fluids is more graphic than I’d choose, the tone of the writing is just right. The characters are very real and relatable. The guys aren’t all evil after all. And sometimes it really is time to get your heart out of the deep-freeze.
Thoroughly modern in mindset and locale, deeply sad and bitingly humorous, sweet and sour, and wisely told, this novel has far more beneath the surface than just another erotic romance. Even the self-help lessons feed naturally into the telling, revealing their wisdom as events unfold. Reading this novel reminds me of reading The Women’s Room as a teen--as recommended by my then-future husband.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy this when it was free.
(reviewed the day of purchase)