From Panama to Hawick and then top of the bestselling romantic fiction charts around the world.
It’s been quite a journey for 45-year-old mother of two Lizbeth Crawford whose edgy romance Hate to Love You was published on June 2 and has hit the top of the Amazon bestseller list.
And two further books are set for publication later this summer, Black Hole Bounty Book One, a romantic sci-fi trilogy set in another world, and Pitch Imperfect, another contemporary romance but this time it’s closer to home and is set in a fictional town in the Scottish Borders.
And it all came about after Lizbeth couldn’t find something to interest her in online booklists and had become disenchanted with a raunchy bestseller she was reading. And following a throw-away comment from her husband, the seed was sown.
Mrs Crawford, who writes under the pen names Elise Alden and Sienna Bronwyn after her two daughters, said: “I’ve always loved reading romance novels, as long as they have compelling plots, interesting characters and grip me from start to finish.
“But in January 2012 I complained about browsing Amazon and not finding any that tickled me, and my husband suggested that I write my own book. So, I sat down that evening and put fingers to laptop.”
She admits that she had no idea how to write a book but that certainly wasn’t going to stop her: “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I devoured writing manuals and did the exercises in my spare time and wrote after the children were in bed. I couldn’t stop writing even if I’d wanted to. I had characters coming out of my ears who wouldn’t allow me to leave their stories untold.
And Liz, who taught Spanish for a while in primary schools in Hawick and Denholm, added: “The joy and sense of achievement I get every time a reader sends me an email or writes an honest review. Every time I see my book I have to grin. Being published has been an emotional hurricane, a huge learning curve. But I couldn’t have done it without the love and patience of my husband and daughters. They also enjoy happy endings and have given me the support I need so that I can craft them.”
For further information about Liz and her work visit www.elisealden.com