Elise Crawford was born on a cold and wet November day in the Motor City the year U. S. troops were sent to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing, during election week the year the Voting Rights Act was signed into congress, the year Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tarts, and the year that the first close up photographs of Mars were taken. Elise moved with her mother and younger sister, Jenny, to Seattle in 1968.
Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. Elise holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while raising her two children single-handedly and working on the college campus part-time teaching college level English to fellow ESL students.
Elise is a native of Washington; she and Roberto reside in Lynnwood, Washington, with their four cats—Sniffles, Lucky, Foxy, and Fluke. Their CEDAR-AL business continues to flourish and prosper. Elise has two grown children; a son, Dale, and a daughter, Lexi. Her son, Dale, is currently serving in the United States Navy as an aviation ordinance man. His ultimate goal is to become a member of S.W.A.T. He plans to make the Navy his career. Her daughter, Lexi, lives in southwest Washington, works full-time in a bank, and attends a technical college full-time. Her ultimate goal is to become an architectural engineer.
A Promise Kept is Elise’s first book; “Spiritual Intervention” was her first short story prior to the writing of this book. She's currently working on a second edition to her memoir and on a murder mystery novel, another true story embellished with a fictitious flair.
Ok I've said it before, but now I'm really focusing on my goal for the 2nd Edition. Today I submitted my letter of intention to my publisher. My first edition will be pulled from shelves within the next 6 weeks. I've started working on the first the first chapter, the "hook", as this is all that needs adjusting in that chapter. When I wrote my book it was very emotional and my emotions ruled my work. Hence, I skipped over Mark's murderer as quickly as I could, spit on him and damned him to hell. I'm beyond that now, emotions in check, and am giving a little, just a spark, of life to mark's murderer, just to whet the appetites of my readers, not to give the moron any bit of glory that he was hoping for. It's very brief, but very exciting to portray him as I am. Then when I'm done, patoo and back to hell with you Mr. Silas Cool!!
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Detroit, MI USA
August 2009, article, The Impossible Dream, published in More magazine.
2010 Gold Medal Winner for Reader's Favorite / Non Fiction - Autobiography
June 2011 Author of the Month Recognition National Association of Professional Women
A Promise Kept
After much soul searching and constructive criticism from a book critic, I've decided I need to change the focus of what my story is about and have began to create a second edition.
Originally, I thought my story would help those affected by tragic loss, but that is not what my story is about. Initially, I hid behind my belovedís murder and put his story in the forefront. My story is not about my beloved, but about me, my struggles and fears of an uncertain future in the aftermath of his murder and the development of a relationship with a God I was certain didnít exist. Grief was the catalyst.The target audience will now be for Christian readers. Christian readers like to read true stories about how, through unbearable adversity and tragedy, one discovers and embraces Godís love and amazing grace.
I hope by the end of my story that you believe that God is watching over you, Psalm 121 1-3, and that the unexplainable events throughout my story will represent testimony of His amazing grace.
If my story makes a difference in at least one personís life, then the pain of my loss was not in vain. I grieve. I cry. I am fearful. I am strong. Through faith in Our Heavenly Father we will find the courage to move forward together.
I wish you peace,
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