Today I introduce to you Elizabeth Mueller and her debut novel, Darkspell. And after you meet Elizabeth, be sure to check out her blog, where I’m visiting her! Cool how that works, right?

One of the extra-awesome things about Elizabeth’s book is that it contains drawings…by Elizabeth! Want to see a sample of her work? She drew me a Lykora, my own make-believe creature where Tristan got his nickname for Alexis. Yes, she’s unbelievably talented.

About Elizabeth (from her blog):

I’m a mother of four wonderful kidlets who, more often than not, drive me nuts. I’m very grateful that I can be home at the crossroads for my children and have been blessed with that privilege. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

I’ve finished 8 novels, and 3 children’s books and have tons more stories waiting to be told. I believe with all of my heart that it takes a lot of guts to be a writer–especially an aspiring author. There are so many rules to be learned, mountains to conquer, and many layers of skins to grow (yet, be teachable at the same time).

I have done most of my growing the past few years. I don’t know what my Father in Heaven has planned for me, but I have no doubt that I am destined for great things. It is my desire to be a mentor to those who dream to reach beyond themselves.

If you ever need cheering, a friend, or anything at all–you can always count on me! 😉

About Darkspell (from Goodreads):

Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Will love prove thicker than magick?

Now I bring you Elizabeth herself with a guest post:

So, which came first? My children, or my writing?

I’m a stay-at-home mom with four lively kids. There’s never a boring second. The house unravels the time they awaken—it’s nonstop fighting, whining, and messing. Aside from the headaches, I’ve learned so much from them. Patience, joy, love, and lots of humility.

So, what about my writing?

It has always been a part of my life. It was easy enough before kids, but when they started pouring in, I had to create time. I wrote right after I tucked them in, and pushed late into the mornings. I’ve actually completed 8 books of squeezing time!

Just 4 years ago, I decided to take my writing a step further. Publishing! I attended writers conferences, learned the rules, joined critique groups, critiqued for others, query writing and submitting. Needless to say, I’ve felt the sting of rejections. Ouch!

Guess what? It was not until late March of this year that I decided to take another chance and submit one of my novels.

Darkspell was accepted by TreasureLine Books! I was SO not expecting my book to be picked up. After 20 years of writing, I’ve finally reached my aspirations! So much to the point that I didn’t know what to do, like the car-chasing dog that has finally caught one.

What is your writing journey like?

Thank you, Elizabeth, for joining us today! Best wishes on your new release! Peeps, don’t forget to visit her blog and leave us a comment over there, too.