WELCOME ELYSE DOUGLAS
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “The Astrologer’s Daughter,” “Wanting Rita,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Christmas Town.” They currently reside in New York City.
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Q&A with Elyse Douglas
Writing and Reading:
-Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team, Elyse and Douglas. For the kinds of books we write, personal experiences are the strongest and the most authentic.
-Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
We always start at the beginning, with a clear and structured plot in mind. From there we hope for happy surprises and accidents. If the writer is surprised, then hopefully, so is the reader.
-Your routine when writing?
When we are working on a novel, we aim to write six days a week, five hours a day.
Whenever I get stuck, I lie on the floor and take the journey of the book, until the fog clears and I see a path open up before me.
-Is writing your full time job?
Yes and No. We do other things, but we write nearly everyday. Elyse is a speech-language pathologist, and Doug is an independent trader, trading equities and options.
-Who are some of your favorite authors?
Anita Shreve, John Steinbeck, Craig Johnson, Anne Tyler, Jane Smiley and Joseph Ellis
-What are you reading now?
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Our Mutual Friend, A Wedding in December
-Are you working on your next novel?
We are working on two. One is a Volume 2 sequel to The Christmas Town, entitled The Christmas Bridge, that will be released in time for next Christmas.
Can you tell us a little about it?
It is another Time Travel novel, using the same characters from The Christmas Town, Jackie and Megan, traveling back to 1895.
-Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Rooney Mara as Jackie, and Evan Rachel Wood for Megan. For the two soldiers: Corey Cott (currently on Broadway in Newsies) as Danny Boy and Hayden Christensen as Jeff.
-Manuscript/Notes: hand written or keyboard?
-Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Playing piano and swimming.
Breakfast, with plenty of butter and jam.
ABOUT THE BOOK
While traveling home for Christmas, Jackie and Megan, two young women in their 20s, encounter a huge snowstorm. After crossing a covered bridge, they suddenly find themselves stuck in the past in a small picturesque Vermont town in 1943. While struggling to return to their time, they fall in love with two handsome soldiers. As Christmas approaches, Megan and Jackie are torn between their new lovers and their desire to return to their time. At the last moment, they must make the difficult decision and, because it is Christmas, a miracle happens.
The Christmas Town is a thrilling adventurous novel interspersed with humor and romance. It’s a great read any time of the year, but it’s an especially cozy read during the winter months around Christmas.
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Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: September 29, 2013
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