Elyse Draper, as a native Coloradan, brings a distinctive vision of the Rocky Mountains to life. When that sight is combined with her love of world travel, history, sociological sciences, psychology, and humanism, the outcome is a setting that spans the world and imagination. That aptitude when mixed with an educational background of law, philosophy, and French, brings the result of a fantastic yet realistic renaissance story line, ultimately taking the reader on an exceptional journey.
She has a visceral writing style that is both melodious and uncluttered, coming from an enduring love of poetry. The unique cadence, when coupled with dark fiction, provides an intriguing and memorable read. Her inspiration and understanding of the darker side of literature, and life, is drawn from the intimate experiences she has had in coping with hospice work, and terminally ill patients. That knowledge brings humanism to her plots, and unexpected emotions to her character development.
As contributing writer for “Voices of Autism”, a book earning rave reviews from Corey Seeman of the Library Journal, Elyse Draper took inspiration from her work with Special Needs children as a care provider, teacher, and advocate.
Her talent was combined with nine other amazing horror and dark fiction female writers in "The Ladies of Horror 2009", creating the much anticipated release in October of 2009. Along with her contribution of "I am Morte", she also created the cover art for the Ladies, the Gentlemen, and their combined work … all under the title of Jennifer Miller's Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2009.
Available as of Halloween 2013, the much anticipated next installment of Ladies of Horror became available, including Elyse Draper's short short: Lay Me Down. After saving another's life, one with which Charlie has an unknown yet powerful attachment to, she is saved from her nightmare of an existence by a strange woman. The stranger doesn't seem to have Charlie's best interests in mind, as she leaves our heroine mortally wounded under an overpass, while interrogating her on her past. Through nightmares, and reflection, we find out there is much more to Charlie, than the reclusive shadow that she pretends to be.
At the moment she is working on three Separate projects… a new series “Overtaken” --Environmental tragedy of our own making awaits us, and only behavioral evolution will save the human race.
The upcoming novel, tentatively entitled “Mirrorscape” -A fantastical tale, delving into the premise that Heaven and Hell are built on the perception of who we are … not where we're going.
And introducing a S.P. Hawkins as her partner in crime; the joint effort resulting in “The Voyeurist” – An erotic noir thriller, where “50 Shades of Grey” meets “Silence of the Lambs.”
First and foremost, to my beautiful, outspoken, and hilarious daughter, Cassandra Ann… you are my strength, my reason when I question, my light when I can’t see past the shadows. And, Stephen Patrick… you are my partner in all things, my hope, my sanctuary, my one and only. With everything I am; I thank you.
I have been blessed with friends that not only cheer me on, but willingly subject themselves as readers, and guinea pigs. Without them, I would not have found the courage to keep submitting and promoting my work. I can never thank them enough for being my family by choice. Gregory Hall, my comedic husband and dearest buddy. Michael my brother, Star Trek and Jameson binging companion, and all around angel. Lori and Sam (my first real fan), Shelle, Josh and Tami, Mary and Dave, Walki F. Tinkanesh, and my wonderful old friend of new Jenn ... Thank you for everything!
There are many people in my life that have helped me along the way, but three stand out as especially important. My sister, Perry-Ann ... I may not have known you, but you have been an inspiration and a teacher. I hope that I can live up to the sacrifices made, and lessons taught, in your all too painful existence. Bev Longcrier, for making me promise to write, and for showing me that expressing my art, and making myself vulnerable, are two very different things. And Tami Wishart, gone too soon, who proved that trying to treat everyone with dignity and respect, confused those who didn’t deserve it and cherished those who did.
On the professional side,. I would like to take this chance to thank my copy editor, JP McLaughlin, for his patience and guidance as my unintended mentor. And, last but not least, my proofreader and dear friend, Walki Freedreamer Tinkanesh.