Thursday, February 24, 2011

Meet Elisa Marie Crites

A guest spotlight by Shellie Neumeier.
Elisa Maria Crites lives in Alaska. She is mom to three and grandmother to nine super kids. She enjoys reading, bicycling, working out, cooking, quilting, traveling and spending time with friends. She is a member of ACFW and a contributor to a website that reviews and promotes clean reads for teens. You can find her at and facebook.

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Elisa. Tell us about your book, Secrets Under the Midnight Sun.

I’ll share the cover blurb with you.
Twelve-year-old Fredricka O’Reilly has a dark secret. It’s 1967 in the last frontier-Alaska, and the truth keeps the normal happy life she longs for just beyond her reach. Her brother’s four-year stint in the Air Force ends, and Fredricka believes his return will change her life for the better, until he reveals a secret of his own. As her life crumbles around her, the only one left to turn to is her mother. Can Fredricka risk telling her secret even if it could tear her family apart?

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?

Sane? Relaxed? Carefree? Writing is hard work and I’m my harshest critic. I don’t feel that I chose to be a writer. Writing is more like a cloak that has been put on my shoulders.

What is your goal as a writer?
My goal is to write stories, fiction or not, that will leave my reader with something to ponder. I love people and desire to encourage them. I hope they will be touched by my work and share it with others.

What person or person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?
My wonderful, honest critique partners. (Thanks, guys.) I don’t write to feel good, I write because there are messages to share. Having other eyes find my mistakes and point out my awkward phrasings has been a tremendous blessing. Without them, I couldn’t have gotten to this point.

What was your favorite book as a child?

There were so many. An early favorite had to be, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. I found a copy from 1959 and bought it for my granddaughters last Christmas. The girls are two of five children and they both loved it. How fun to share something that I loved as a child and to see their delight in the same story.

In fifth grade the book that had the biggest impact on me was, The Diary of Anne Frank. I bought that for my daughters when they were in fifth grade and then bought it for my oldest granddaughter when she was in fifth grade.

Secrets Under the Midnight Sun
can be purchased from Amazon.

Thank you for joining us today. Come back tomorrow for Elisa’s interview, part two and a special giveaway. Elisa is giving away a copy of Secrets Under the Midnight Sun. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

A guest spotlight by Shellie Neumeier.


cjajsmommy said...

What an interesting teaser this if for this book. I definitely want to read it. Please enter me for this book giveaway.

Marianne said...

i love to read books about the land of the midnight sun. And one with secrets is even better. i would like to win this book. please enter me in the giveaway.

apple blossom said...

nice getting to know authors


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lgm52 said...

Interesting...would love to read this!

Elaine Cooper said...

Sounds like such a great book! Looking forward to reading it. :-)

Linda said...

Secrets almost always bring out the teaser in a book. Would love to read this. Please add me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dto com

Jackie S. said...

Sounds so good!!!! Would love to read it. Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read!

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Meredith said...

Great interview! I'd love to read it!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Katy said...

I'd love to be entered into this giveaway. Sounds like a great book.

~ Katy

Katy said...

Oh, I am a follower, as well!

~ Katy

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This looks like a good one.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

noseinanovel said...

The summary has me intrigued...I would love to read this book.

And I follow via my Google RSS feeder.


MomRedding said...

I would love to win and read this book!

Michelle R

Nia for Jesus said...

Interesting new author,I'd love to win!

I'm serious.



Atypical Girl said...

I love books that take place in other time periods and in Alaska--how great is that? Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy // artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

P.S. Carman sent me.

Paris said...

Looks like a great book! Awesome cover(: I would love to win!

Kait said...

Wow this looks great! Please enter me!


Judylynn said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter me.

Judylynn in Tennessee

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I love the 60s ... and the summary sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the interview and for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

I love Secrets books! So I know this will go on my must read list!
Thanks for offering one for give away.
Blessings....Joy Hannabass

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting. Include me, please

Nia for Jesus said...

It's just me who was wondering if the girl of the cover was laying down or was dead?


windycindy said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this delightful sounding book...

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Moonpie said...

Thank you for entering me! This sounds like a great book!

TheJay2xA said...

Seems like an interesting book to read! would really love to win!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read, have some young readers that I like to give books to, after I enjoy them. Carmen sent me.

Erica said...

Sounds like a great book!


Tami @ said...

I'd love to read this!

mymadakaja [at] yahoo [dot] com

AmandaSue said...

I'd love a chance to read this book!

unforgetable_dreamer_always (at)

Nia for Jesus said...

Anyone is she wrote other booksw
thanks for the chance..


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