Elle Cosimano

I Can See Forever…

PaaMul

I wrote Nearly Missed while living in a jungle tree house overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

So, you are probably asking yourself… what does a jungle tree house overlooking the Caribbean Sea look like?

A palapa is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. I can see forever from the roof deck — across the jungle, over the beaches, and all the way to Cozumel — and it’s particularly magical during a meteor shower.

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28, 2010 |

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What's a Book Soundtrack?

The chapters of my books roll through my mind like scenes of a movie. I can see them as clearly, and hear the dialogue in my mind. They have moods and texture. When these mini-movies play in my head, they are accompanied by background music that sets the tone. The music puts me in the right frame of mind to translate what I am seeing and feeling into written words. What I am left with is a collection of songs that reflect not only my moods while creating the story, but a soundtrack that correlates to various scenes in my book. Essentially, a book soundtrack is the author’s playlist.

I’ve shared my playlists for each of my stories under the Extras section of my website.

There is one particular band that appears several times on my playlists. The recent success of drumfish inspired me to complete my first manuscript, Nearly Missed. I hope you will join me at their concert in Baltimore at the 8×10 on February 5th.

Nov

28, 2010 |

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The "What If?" Game

 

A lot of people ask me how I come up with my stories. Usually, a story idea evolves from an image, or a snippet of conversation, or while people-watching, or visiting an inspiring place. After the initial spark, my mind starts rolling with a series of “what if questions.”

The idea for The Suffering Tree came to me while chaperoning my son’s school field trip to the Westmoreland Berry Farm. As the bus rolled through winding, green country roads, we passed this peculiar scene. A handful of very old headstones were scattered around this wretched skeleton of a tree, which stood in stark contrast to the green fields and forests all around it. It was so picturesque, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I started asking myself… why? Why is the tree dead when everything around it is alive? Why has no one chopped it down? Who is buried in this small cemetery?

And then came the what ifs… What if this were a colonial plantation? What if there was a witch hunt? And a tragic love story?  What if there were zombies?

Why not? 

Here is a photo of the dead tree that inspired my current work-in-progress.

Inspiration for The Suffering Tree

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26, 2010 |

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