Monday, February 28, 2011

Elisa Maria Crites "Secrets Under the Midnight Sun"

We're happy to have Elisa Maria Crites with us today talking about her book Secrets Under the Midnight Sun. To learn more about Elisa and her book, read on!

Title: Secrets Under the Midnight Sun
Cover blurb:
Twelve-year-old Fredricka O’Reilly has a dark secret. It’s 1967 in the last frontier-Alaska, and the truth keeps the normal happy life she longs for just beyond her reach. Her brother’s four-year stint in the Air Force ends, and Fredricka believes his return will change her life for the better, until he reveals a secret of his own. As her life crumbles around her, the only one left to turn to is her mother. Can Fredricka risk telling her secret even if it could tear her family apart?

1) How did this story come to you?
A relentless character who called herself Freddie showed up at my house one morning and insisted I hear her story. Freddie is upbeat and wonderfully quirky in spite of the abuse she has suffered, and her story is the story of far too many children.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After writing the story, I got into a couple of critique groups and rewrote the story many times. Then I hired a editor and after doing more rewrites, had another editor go over the manuscript. The decision to self-publish was made after much consideration, seeking advice and prayer.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m a registered nursing assistant, a massage therapist specializing in pain relief methods, and I teach financial classes.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have a children’s book based on a true story about an unusual ambassador that has waited for several years to be written, am working on some articles and also another YA book.

5) Parting comments?
This book deals with abuse, but it’s about hope. And that’s something we all need. And I want to thank you, Dawn for inviting me.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Facebook Elisa Maria Crites, my blog,


  1. Sounds like a wonderful story, thank you for the chance!


  2. Because we went to Alaska for our fiftieth anniversary, I am more interested in reading books set in Alaska. Your book concerning abuse seems very intense, and I would like to win it and read it.

  3. God is so far above our 'secrets.' This is one book I'd love to win and read. Thank you.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. The book sounds like a great read. I'm a subscriber!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  5. i love to read about Alaska. This book sounds intense. Thankyou for the interview and the chance to win Secrets Under the Midnight Sun by Elisa Marie Crites. i am a subscriber.

  6. Compelling blurb! Sounds like a real page-turner. Thanks for entering me in the drawing. I'm a subscriber.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  7. I love reading books set in Alaska -- especially if they have hope in them!
    Please enter my name.

  8. I would love to win! Thanks for posting this article and the chance to win!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

  9. This sounds like a great book to read. Please enter me.


  10. Sounds good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    rambleSAHM at yahoo dot com

  11. I love books with secrets....this one sounds like a great read! I am a subscriber too! Love your site, and thanks for the great interviews.

  12. This sounds like a great read. Please count me in.