What I Blog About
After years working in healthcare, I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a full time writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning in 2014, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts.
I started the blog to connect with other bloggers, and in a way to learn more about writing. I also wanted to support other bloggers, friends and family by writing blog posts about them, their books, interests, professions and travels.
The collections of sunsets/sunrises on the Welcome page came from bloggers all over the world. I wanted visitors to remember what made you smile Before Sundown. What better way then to offer breathtaking sunsets or sunrises? A monthly featured sunset continues.
I’m writing Sunset Inn, a historical fiction book based on real and made up events and people during the period from 1859 to 1961. The research consumed many hours to get accurate history. The narrative and dialogue a continual challenge with different people at different ages telling the history related to them. I knew people wanted to read the story, not an information dump of historical facts. That wasn’t an easy task to show the political, social, and cultural environments. I’m grateful a professional researcher helped and sent me New York Times and Boston Herald articles, photos, and he created timelines of grandfather and his step-brother.
The book theme follows an inquisitive nine-year-old granddaughter’s long search to uncover secrets in her famous German grandfather’s life. She overhears talk of her grandfather’s dying words, no one is to look into my life, that history dies with me, and wants to find out why. She has little help from her family, but, a lot of help from a local librarian, and her beau, a Jewish medical doctor. Together, the doctor and the granddaughter (a nurse) travel to Germany and uncover grandfather’s history, with a surprising link to her. The granddaughter is the real me. The “beau” is made up. With all the historical parts, the story needs a sparked up nurse/doctor romance.
Fun Facts About Me
I’m old as dirt, born in 1939, and plan to live beyond the 100-year mark.
I love whimsy and humor. I try to interject both into blog posts and writing.
I modeled for an Illustrator Photographer as a teenager, and was featured on east coast billboards; Give Life a Lift in West Palm Beach – Tropical Florida’s First Resort. I had jet-black hair and violet eyes, just like Elizabeth Taylor.
I published poetry years ago, and that led me to write “free rein for the brain” fiction.
I attended the same university as my sons, and at the same time. I also knew their girlfriends there (now wives). I was an honorary Frat Mom, and a designated driver.
I lived in Italy, Greece and Japan (5 years in each country). The highlights: Travels through Italy, skiing the Matterhorn (Italian Alps), and ski slopes in France, Austria and Switzerland. Travels through Greece and to the Greek islands. Travels through Japan and to the temples in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kamakura.
I was a tech challenged blogger at the beginning in 2014, and I “learned by fire” how to put the WordPress site together and keep it “blazing” with published posts, and The Sunrise and Sunset Photo Gallery.
Sunset Inn- Wish You Were Here – Your Friend, Elizabeth
Christine Elizabeth’s Gallery