Elise Skidmore

Biography

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 is still in operation today.

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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Elise Skidmore online


Where to buy in print


Books

A Dance of Dreams
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016 by Heart Ally Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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.
When Leaves Fall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016 by Heart Ally Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
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
Poems From the Edge of Spring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,080. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016 by Heart Ally Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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.
Trio: A Collection of Previous Volumes
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 28,290. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016 by Heart Ally Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
TRIO is a digital compilation of those books: Poems From the Edge of Spring, When Leaves Fall, and A Dance of Dreams. Every life needs some poetry in it.

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