Elizabeth Crowens interview for Partners in Crime Book Tours
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
Who designed my book? You’re looking at her. Before I became a full-time writer, for many years I worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer. One of my specialties was art directing and shooting movie posters which are very similar. Unless indicated, I took ninety-eight percent of the photos in the book, including those on the cover. I get a lot of compliments on the the covers of my three alternate history novels which I also designed.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst is my eighth book but my first photo-illustrated anthology, which makes it unfair to compare it to my previous seven books which are all novels in various series. Hopefully this book will be well received. Since I had a forty-year career as a photographer, I have ideas for additional books of this nature based on different areas of the world where I’ve traveled. As far as my novels are concerned, my latest, Babs and Basil, a 1940s Hollywood mystery, is my favorite. I just need to find another agent and get a good publishing deal.
How did you come up with the title? Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
This is more of a combined question. I’ve had a popular daily post on Facebook called Caption Contest: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst where I’d post a vintage photo and those who were connected with me would make commentaries which were often hilarious. Then, I’d been toying around with the idea for a while of doing a coffee table photography book using my images. I found out about an artist grant and pitched a combination of these ideas, and received grant funding to publish it.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Funny you should ask. Normally, I make either trips to Europe every twelve to eighteen months for the alternate history series, or trips to Los Angeles for my Hollywood mystery novels. In this case, this was the perfect project to work on during the pandemic, because I didn’t have to leave the greater New York City area. Either I had all the material I needed, or I made a few trips around Manhattan or Brooklyn for the rest.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Anyone who lives in New York, grew up in New York, or loves New York. Also anyone who loves good Life magazine-style photojournalism, which is my style of photography, or anyone who is a fan of any of the authors who participated in this exciting and eclectic project. I picked a diverse group of contributions from award-winning mystery writers to horror to science fiction to journalists. Several of my writers work in the entertainment industry.
What genre are your books?
With the exception of my photo-illustrated anthology which includes many genres plus photography, New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst, I usually write Hollywood mysteries or alternate history, which is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. In my case, I focus on the late 19th century through the early twentieth centuries using real people and real historical events in unreal situations involving paranormal research and time travel. My first novel in that series, Silent Meridian, can be considered as gaslight fantasy.
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
Signed copies of New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst will be available at The Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan where we’ll have both a live in-store event and a simultaneous Facebook Live event on October 25, 2021. Since this is a hardcover photography book with stories, it will not be available as an eBook. If it becomes popular and does well, there’s a possibility a softcover book will be produced next year. Obviously, it will be available on Amazon, but I believe in promoting indie bookstores. You can always have them order it using its ISBN number: 978-1-950384-13-6.
Do you see writing as a career?
It’s already a career for me. I just need to turn it into a viable career and hopefully earn more than I did as my previous careers as a photographer and designer.
New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst
Presented by: Elizabeth Crowens
October 25 – November 19, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
An Anthology and Celebration of the Big Apple
I’m an unabashed, unapologetic lover of New York City, my hometown, and New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst is right up my dark, deserted alley. New York’s at its best when you sneak up on it, glance at its sideways, or let it glance sideways at you. The pros and photos in this collection all show New York’s best, even when they purport to be showing its worst; in NYC, that’s how we roll. A fine addition to your New York bookshelf, a collection to savor.
~ SJ Rozan, best-selling author of The Art of Violence
Genre: Coffee Table book of Photography with Short Stories
Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions, LLC
Publication Date: Oct 25, 2021
Number of Pages: 150
ISBN: 1950384136, 9781950384136
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About New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst:
Writer and photographer, Elizabeth Crowens is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive funding through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.
She was recognized for New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst, her photo-illustrated anthology, which brought her published book along with ten other authors to Mysterious Bookshop in Lower Manhattan at 58 Warren Street on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. for an in-store event and author signing along with a simultaneous Facebook Live presentation and recording for Jim Freund’s WBAI program Hour of the Wolf.
Author contributors include:
- Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of over 31 award-winning mystery and thriller novels, including the Jesse Stone series for the estate of Robert B. Parker. Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.
- Charles Salzberg, former magazine journalist, crime novelist of the Shamus Award-nominated Henry Swann series, founding member of the New York Writers Workshop.
- Tom Straw, Emmy and WGA-nominated writer-producer, credits include Nurse Jackie, Night Court, Grace Under Fire, Whoopie, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Crime novelist under the pen name of Richard Castle.
- Randee Dawn, Entertainment journalist for Today.com, Variety, and the Los Angeles Times. Co-editor of Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles and The Law & Order: SUV Companion, and speculative fiction writer of the upcoming Tune in Tomorrow.
- Barbara Krasnoff, Reviews Editor at The Verge, over 45 published short stories, Nebula Award finalist, author of the “mosaic” novel The History of Soul 2065.
- Steven Van Patten, TV stage manager by day, horror writer by night. Co-host of the Beef, Wine and Shenanigans podcast, winner of several African American Literary Awards.
- Triss Stein writes mysteries that all take place in Brooklyn.
- Marco Conelli, former NYPD detective, consultant to Mary Higgins Clark, and Silver Falchion award-winner for young adult mysteries and the police procedural Cry For Help, taking place in The Bronx.
- R.J. Koreto, historical mystery writer focusing on New York during the Gilded Age.
- Richie Narvaez, award-winning mystery author of Hipster Death Rattle, Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, and Noiryorican.
- Elizabeth Crowens, over 25 years in the entertainment industry, member of the International Cinematographers Guild as a Still Photographer (Imdb.com credited: Sheri Lane), award-winning writer of novels in the Hollywood mystery and alternate history genres. Recipient of the Leo B. Burstein Scholarship by the NY Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Editor and photographer for New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst based on her Facebook Caption Contests. elizabethcrowens.com, @Ecrowens on Twitter, and Elizabeth Crowens on Facebook!
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