Elise Skidmore is a native New Yorker, who has been writing poetry since she was a child. In 1994, when her husband and several of her friends were trying to get her interested in email and switching from a typewriter to a computer, she stumbled upon Compuserve’s Literary forum (Today it’s called the Books and Writers Community). There she met a bunch of wonderful people, including her favorite author, Diana Gabaldon, who helped broaden her horizons and delve into fiction writing as well as poetry. She eventually joined the staff, spending nearly 10 years as the section leader of the Writing Exercises and in Compuserve’s Poetry Forum. In 2004, when Compuserve opened to the web, she and a friend started a private writers’ forum called SectionSixx, which nurtured writers for more than 10 years.
Elise lives on Long Island with her husband of 40+ years and feels blessed to have had the best parents, husband, and children a woman could ask for. The strong bonds of family are often the subject of her writing, but there aren’t many topics she’s afraid to tackle, including stories of vampires, devil possession, WWII POW camps, and gunslingers in the old west.
Her hobbies include reading, photography, travel, and making people smile.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Until I was ten,I lived in an apartment in Queens, NY, with my parents and sister, and my grandparents living in the same apartment building. When my grandmother passed away I was devastated, and not long after we moved to Long Island, taking my widowed grandfather with us. We were always a very close family and those bonds of family love weigh heavily in much of my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing poetry since elementary school, and even had a poem printed in the local newspaper. I was in my forties before I made any serious attempts at writing prose. I still haven't finished a novel, but I've had some good luck with short stories.
A New Yorker by birth, Elise Skidmore lives on the south shore of Long Island with her husband. Recently retired, they enjoy spending time together and love to travel. She has been a writer since childhood, with poetry being her focus for many years. It’s her way of working through dark times and celebrating the joyful ones. SUMMER SERENADE is her fifth volume of poetry.
If you love poetry, WHEN LEAVES FALL will fill a new corner of your heart. If you think you don't like poetry, its achingly simple beauty will prove you wrong.
--Linda Grimes, author of Tor Books' Ciel Halligan series
A little Romance, a little humor, a twist of Twilight Zone and a splash of vampires, Elise Skidmore’s stories deliver rich tales of a wide range of memorable characters, served up in bite sized pieces. Don’t have time to read a novel? Snack on these delightfully unpredictable tales!
Elise Skidmore is a native New Yorker, who has been writing poetry since she was a child. She feels blessed to have had the best parents, husband, and children a woman could ask for, and the strong bonds of family are often the subject of her writing. Her books of poetry are available both in print and all digital formats.
What people are saying about Elise Skidmore --
I've read POEMS FROM THE EDGE OF SPRING, and can highly recommend it! The sort of book you can pick up for a moment's respite or inspiration--or just sit and read from piece to piece, always entertained/comforted/made to think. Lovely book! -- Diana Gabaldon
Poignant and lyrical, every sentence is a gem. -- Karen White
Elise Skidmore is a native New Yorker, who has been writing poetry since she was a child. She feels blessed to have had the best parents, husband, and children a woman could ask for, and the strong bonds of family are often the subject of her writing. Her first book of poetry, POEMS FROM THE EDGE OF SPRING was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC eBook Awards.