Elizabeth Elson


Elizabeth is an award winning author whose print books have taken the Bronze Medallion for popular fiction from Florida Book Awards (writing as Joyce Moore)and Best Published Romance at the Florida Writers Conference. She lives on the west coast of Florida and frequently gives writing workshops at conferences and book events.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My mother encouraged my sisters and me to keep a diary, and to this day I keep a journal of my thoughts. I used to write stories and teenage love poems and hid them beneath my underwear in my dresser drawer so my mother wouldn't find them. Later I wrote verse and won some poetry contests, but I never got serious about publishing until I took early retirement from teaching and finally got the time needed to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is an historical, Always the Music, based on the life of Cosima Liszt, an illegitimate child born to Franz Liszt and his mistress, a countess. Cosima led a fascinating life, always in the shadow of great musicians: her father Franz Liszt, Han von Bulow the renowned conductor, and Richard Wagner. Cosima's story, largely unknown except by musicians, is a remarkable example of overcoming despair and rising to great heights.
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Where to find Elizabeth Elson online


Always the Music
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,350. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Always the Music is based on the life of Cosima, Franz Liszt’s illegitimate daughter. Burdened by life in the shadow of three musical geniuses, Cosima decides to embrace happiness, a plan which scandalizes Paris and Berlin salons. How she succeeds and how her decision affects the world of music is a compelling tale of one woman’s courage and love.
Theodora of Constantinople
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,910. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This novel, based on the life of Theodora, is set in the back streets of Constantinople and the vibrant court of Emperor Justinian during the waning days of the Roman Empire. Disgraced after performing a lewd act on the Hippodrome stage, Theodora begins a journey that brings her from the depths of despair to the arms of an emperor, but an ancient law forbids their royal marriage.
Julia, Daughter of Rome
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,690. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is the compelling tale of Julia, only child of the Roman leader Octavian, who inherited his power from the slain Julius Caesar. When Julia’s father discovers her adulterous affair with Marc Anthony’s son, the lovers are forced to make desperate choices that scandalize the Roman elite and change the course of history in the Republic.

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