Friday, June 19, 2015

The Night Of Elisa by: Isis Sousa w/ Interview

Title: The Night of Elisa
Author: Isis Sousa
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Victorian Gothic/Paranormal
Publisher: Tragic Books
Release Date: Sept 8 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Illustrations: Characters and Ornaments Pencil Sketches
.: A Gothic Novella :.

Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa.
Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.
Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?
Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.

Dr. Charles knew Leonhard too well; he knew his friend had been gravely affected by all the abrupt changes since Elisa had entered their lives. It was too much for him to take at once. He wanted to spare his friend from what he was about to reveal.
“Just go ahead, Charles. Tell me!”
He paused, gazing at Leonhard again. “It is about Elisa.”
“What about her? Something about her illness?”
“Indeed.” Dr. Charles’ countenance was filled with great concern. “I think I figured out why she keeps relapsing, why her illness doesn’t seem to go away.”
“What is it, Charles?” He narrowed his eyes, anxious.
“Listen, I have noticed that lately, sometimes, Elisa doesn’t reflect in mirrors.”
“Wh…what?” Leonhard could hardly believe what he had just heard. “What are you telling me, Charles?”
“At dinner tonight she didn’t reflect in the tray and sometimes her image is completely gone from the mirror behind your dining place. Believe me, I saw your reflection, mine and the Siamese sisters’ but not Elisa’s!”

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Hi, there :) Thank you so much for taking part on the second edition blog tour for The Night of Elisa ^.^ I remember you from the first tour, and I am both honored and grateful to be back :)

How did you start your writing career?
I never planned or wished to become a writer. I even say I don’t write, I scramble a few words together! I always had many stories crossing my mind, due to my work as illustrator. But a couple of years ago, I thought it could be a good idea to give it a chance… So I published a first book, The Night of Elisa, for fun, to see what would happen… Now, I have written a couple more of books, both for “A Cold-Hearted Phoenix” series and I have more titles coming. So… it all pretty much started out of fun and curiosity :)

Tell us about your current release.
My latest book/current release (by the time of this blog tour) is the first episode of A Cold-Hearted series. It is VERY different from The Night of Elisa. VIKKI, the lead female character is the “anti” version of ELISA, for example. The text is a mix of screenwriting and prose, very experimental and of course, it is illustrated and has a special layout as well :)

My next releases are the last 2 books of A Cold-Hearted Phoenix series – and I have started the contents for a collection of short stories, on a project I call “Visions”. The stories will have a dark, gothic, mystical undertone and the book will be illustrated as well.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
Thank goodness not every day, or may poor brain would explode of boringness! Ha! ^.^ But I do the hard work of writing mostly on weekends and holidays, and one or other time in between jobs. How much I writ each time varies – from as little as 500 words to 3000. The time of the day or night – any.

How do you describe your writing style? Plotter or Pantser? Why?
A mix of both, with tons of experimentation. My mindset when I write is that I can use everything and anything I like. I must try and see if different styles or formatting work together, and whatever my guts tell me works, I may use. That’s something I have learned on painting and therefore I see my writing as colors that I can mix together and create a unique palette for each unique work.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to sit in an armchair and watch the view from the windows of the living room. I live in a beautiful small valley and the landscape, due to the weather is ever-changing. I also like to listen to music, read a good book, browse artworks. I may also take a sketchbook and write down ideas and sketches.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
I like to see myself as a person who is very open to learning. I do seek to learn every day, and hope so to cultivate this attitude for all the years to come. I think the most important advice I ever got in my life came from my parents, who have a very big, good heart. It is to respect people, animals and plants. Also to be always honest and do the right thing - always. I think they are the base of everything else…
I’d like to use the chance and thank you for the super nice interview and for the opportunity of being featured at your blog :)

Writing sucks. Period.That’s why I am an artist; illustrator and graphic designer who writes in a hobby basis. Oh, wait… That’s not the “why”… I was born artist, and there is nothing I can do to change it. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!When I’m not doing artwork and illustration for authors and bands, I’m doing woodcarving, painting ornaments, painting artworks for myself, writing articles for IT’S ART MAG, collaborating with other artists and so on. Love Arts, History and Heavy Metal.

Oh, and summer is a bitch! Always. Anywhere in the world.


  1. Hi Steven! :) Thank you so much for having my books on your blog! ^.^ Nonetheless, this support you give to indie authors is something very nice and important! :) It was a pleasure answering the interview and hop you keep up with the great work :) Big cheers and all the best :D

    1. So welcome thank you for giving me the opportunity to let readers get to know you.

    2. So welcome thank you for giving me the opportunity to let readers get to know you.