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[Audio] Episode 01

It’s rather exciting speaking to each and every one of you as it involves my most recent crime/romance novel–  THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA.  Personally I’ve always wanted to speak to authors whose book’s I’ve read, to know where they are coming from, what they do all day and how they live?  Most of all, how do authors come up with all their ideas being translated into fiction and non-fiction books.

I had not written books for several years. And I thought my days of writing were basically over, until one early morning when I popped out of bed, near tripped over my dog, Sir Winston, and hurried to my computer. For the next year I began writing in a free flowing style just for the sheer joy of creating fascinating fiction characters going in all kinds of winding directions.

When this creative adventure was done, it was then that I made the decision to publish THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA book and this other process took a while. As you might surmise, I do have more going on in my life in addition to writing. Through the years all of my books have been written for you the readers, to enjoy and ponder, and to share this novel with your friends. The purpose of my website is to provide you with an interactive source of information and of communicating through the discussion board, videos, and audios. I want you to enjoy the book’s video book trailer.

Being an author continues is an astonishing learning process. The entire adventure of launching THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA into a world of digital, electronic technology, and the social media that is constantly changing will always be challenging and exhilarating.

Enjoy THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA, and also it’s book video trailer. In the months ahead I will share more with you, and response to your comments on the discussion blog.

Be good to yourself—-Elizabeth exclusive interview with Lucy Walton

Elizabeth Upton | Female First exclusive interview

Dear readers,

It’s been an exciting month! I recently got featured in an exclusive interview with renowned UK women’s magazine Female First.

I had the pleasure of being interview by the wonderful Lucy Walton and in this interview, we explored my backgrounds in Psychology and social work and how it influenced my writing of fiction and non-fiction novels.

Please enjoy!

Exclusive interview with Elizabeth Upton

by Lucy Walton | 

Read the whole interview here

The Shaman and the Mafia is a crime-romance novel. The story involves Marietta Collins, who left the cloistered life to be independent and free of religious restraints. She heads a youth drug rehab centre and is dedicated to ridding the community of the growing criminal element and restoring it to the pleasant tourist town it once was. As the story opens, Marietta learns that Joseph Gleason, a friend and drug informant, who was secretly in love with her, has been brutally murdered, the victim of a mafia hit. In the course of the investigation she meets the victim’s brother, FBI assistant director Raymond Gleason. There’s an instant attraction between the two and he becomes her first lover. Raymond gives FBI agent Jerry Young, who is also his best friend, the responsibility of investigating the murder and hunting down the mafia’s kingpin. He discovers that the mob boss, who also has ties to the Russian mafia in Florida, is involved in underage prostitution, illicit drugs and a string of murders. While the story revolves around Marietta, Jerry, and Raymond, there are several other personalities dealing with conflicted emotions in the world of corruption, murder, and depravity. This is an action-packed crime-drama and love story that also examines the conflicted emotions of the characters as they try to make sense of their lives through the web of crime, darkness and light

You write both fiction and non-fiction so do you have a preference between the two?

Presently I am enjoying writing fiction with another fiction book coming out in 2015. However, my varied life and eclectic list of life experiences always influence my fiction writing and manage to find their way into the characters’ storylines. I feel my life enriches my fiction writing. However, saying that it’s extremely therapeutic writing non-fiction or memoirs gives you a chance to reflect on the lives you’ve lived, those I’ve already completed will be republished during 2014 and 2015.

How much has your background in psychology helped you to better understand your characters?

I believe my education and enthusiasm for learning and wanting to understand what drives people’s motivations and behaviours has helped tremendously. However, nothing compared to my real life and work experience, beginning with when my sister and I were put in an orphanage for two years when we turned eight years old and experiencing those elements of society and psychology first hand.

Radio interview with WebbWeaver Books

I’m delighted to share my interview with WebbWeaver Books. So much fun talking about the adventures of Marietta. Please enjoy! Looking forward to sharing with you all more updates about The Shaman and The Mafia

xxo Liz

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