Elyse Draper

Author of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Dark Fiction


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Vindication on Goodreads

Posted by Elyse Draper on September 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (6)

Vindication (Freewill, #3)Vindication by Elyse Draper

The Freewill Trilogy: We are not defined by the choices that are made for us; but by the choices we make when we believe that all other options have been taken away.

The last book of the Freewill Trilogy, was written to explore freewill, consequences (because consequences, whether good or ill, always follow our choices,) and vindication (to be cleared of guilt, or doubt.) Life is magnificent and brutal; and within it, our being is changed indefinitely ... colors of emotions whip, and thus grace or scar our thoughts, marking us as survivors and giving each one of us a unique, and potentially grotesque, beauty. We have this affect on one another ... touching each other with random acts of kindness, unfounded defensiveness, or shallow judgments; we are responsible for shaping the world around us, even when the acts are unconscious. And we leave the deepest wounds on those closest to us. Ellie, a brilliant and beautifully damaged creature, wants nothing more in this world than to not be the source of someone else's pain. She finds out that, loving someone inherently contains pain … but in the act of loving two become one. Sometimes the only way to live is to understand bad things happen: we hurt each other; we heal each other; we grow and leave unintentional injuries on those we allow to be close; and then we help each other mend. In, Vindication, we find that, very often, we have no control; we are vulnerable and rely on one another … that now and again, we must allow ourselves to put everything we are, into the hands of the person who can take it all away. Standing on the edge, walking with one foot out in space … we find vindication for love and life by jumping: sometimes we fall, and break -- but then again, with a little unexpected help, sometimes we fly.

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Consequences on Goodreads

Posted by Elyse Draper on June 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Consequences (Freewill, #2)Consequences by Elyse Draper

When the judgment before us carries extreme perceived consequence, yet we still make the choice (whether resulting in action or inaction) -- that is freewill.

Part of Human nature is to make mistakes, and learn from the Consequences. Strangely enough, the result, and the effect one has to cope with following the result, is what leaves behind the strongest impressions. Our being is changed indefinitely; colors of emotions whip, and thus grace or scar our thoughts, marking us as survivors and giving each one of us a unique, and potentially grotesque, beauty.

"Consequences" will fool you into believing that you know where the scars are placed on the characters, that you can watch the affect of this unusual love story ... you might be surprised to find you're wrong, when "Vindication" (the third and final book, in the Freewill Trilogy) comes to play out its scenes.

Happy Reading,

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Freewill on Goodreads

Posted by Elyse Draper on June 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (3)

Freewill (Freewill, #1)Freewill by Elyse Draper

Some scholars say: when it comes to decision making, humans are the sum of their experiences and conditioning; thus freewill is an illusion.

While others say: when we are confronted by primal choices, the decisions that weigh heavily on our hearts, experience or destiny cannot predict the result … but our hearts can surmise the final outcome. When the judgment before us carries extreme perceived consequence, yet we still make the choice (whether resulting in action or inaction) -- that is freewill.

I hope you enjoy reading this story, as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope you can find your own definition of freewill along the way.

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Morte On Goodreads

Posted by Elyse Draper on June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I am MorteI am Morte by Elyse Draper

Morte is the most unique love story you'll ever read.

This Short story is available to download, for free, from Smashwords.com: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

I am Morte ... and it's also available (for free) at the iTunes store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-am-...

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A Review That Every Author Wishes To Receive

Posted by Elyse Draper on March 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Article: The Incomparable Elyse Draper  By Peter Cimino


Dear Reader,


I have been blessed by the social networking world, giving me a circle of friends that accept and support one another with open arms. The response to the eShort give away of "I am Morte" has been wonderful; but I never could have imagined the amazing feedback. One fellow writer, Peter Cimino, took his reaction to print (for that is what us merry band of writers do); and his impression, and resulting review/interview quickly became the critique every author dreams of receiving. With a resounding, Thank You! … I hope to show the appreciation Peter deserves.

Warmest regards,

~Elyse Draper 


Getting to know, Mr. Cimino:

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 1994.

With a degree in Psychology and two diplomas from the Long Ridge Writers School, he realized his call to writing about seven years ago. Ever since, he has been on a journey to make it his livelihood. “I guess I have a lot to say and a lot of stories to tell. But, I don’t strive to be like any other writer. I just try to be me: human yet unforgettable.”

Over the last three years Peter has been published over 25 times on various web sites featuring pieces on topics such as sports, paranormal, business and real life journeys. He has also written two fiction short stories that are pending publication.

One Woman, One Island, One Choice: An inspirational short about a young single mother, struggling with drug abuse. This piece is currently sitting on a magazine editor’s desk pending publication.

Lucky Says Hello: An Italian American / Gangster short, is in the process of being revised for a second shot at publication. This realistic tale helped breathe life into his recently completed novel called, Big Pete. Big Pete is currently searching for a home at a literary agent.

Big Pete Carissimo, the star of Big Pete the novel, has this to say. “We are not gangsters! This deal with Luciano…… it’s just business. Capice?” For a more detailed glimpse into the story of “Big Pete”, please visit the home page of Peter’s web site.

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Blessed by Finding a Resourceful Character

Posted by Elyse Draper on January 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Blessed by Finding a Resourceful Character

In Celebration of the new show 'Wardens' on The Outdoor Channel

        In the midst of finding a remote area to place one of the main characters in my second novel "Consequences", and finally ending up in northwestern Montana, I came across a group of exceptional professionals that I had failed to notice in the past, Game Wardens. That's right, Game Wardens … the solitary folk, who only really come to mind when one hears about poaching on the evening news. Growing up in Colorado, I've had the luxury of enjoying the outdoors, nature at its grandest … but I was mistaken in not really recognizing those who actively choose to protect the wilderness that I've come to love so much. Getting to know the mentality behind the persona, beyond the uniform, I found a group of honorable people who carry the weight of a community … not only catering to wildlife protection, but also helping to find a balance between humans and nature.

        Since the late 1800s, Montana has been developing a functional conservation initiative, not only for fish and game but also for environmental protection of the land and its natural assets. The Game Wardens are truly on the frontline, and openly offer tremendous resources in economics, education, and science. They are our "canaries in the coal mines', with the ability to provide valid information on the environmental issues that concern America, and ultimately the world. I have to admit though that this wasn't what drew me to create the fictitious character, Michael Deal, from the Warden's world … it was the profound consideration that I witnessed behind the profession.


       These men and women are educated, strong in mind and spirit, and driven by a deep respect for life in all of its manifestations. For a writer, the depth of character was hard to resist … not so much for their strengths as their understanding of vulnerabilities: within humans as well as the fragile balance existing in nature.


       Now, among their many wonderful attributes, they are being spotlighted on a show of their very own on the Outdoor Channel. I consider this extremely exciting news that will show the public a side of the profession that is long overdue. This spotlight will also guide even the most devote homebody to travel out of doors and experience nature … and while you're there, don't forget to thank your local Department of Wildlife official, Game Warden, or Park Ranger.

To watch the show, please tune into The Outdoor Channel on Thursdays 9:30pm ET, or look them up at Outdoor Channel.com/show/wardens

You can also join them on Facebook at Wardens on Facebook

For our heroes ... I thank you.

Posted by Elyse Draper on November 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM Comments comments (2)

To show gratitude for valor, and for your service in the fight for liberty, I thank you. To keep in mind that there is no such thing as an unwounded solider, for your sacrifices, I thank you. For the grand contradiction of being the embodiment of courage in the fight for other's prosperous life, while at the same time readying yourself to die, I thank you. For holding nightmares in your brave hearts, to come home and gently, lovingly, hold your own child's hand, I thank you. On this Veteran's day, and every other day of the year … I thank you.


Posted by Elyse Draper on January 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Ladies of Horror 2009

I am Morte

A very impressive prose poem in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe that moves away from the contemporary horror obsession with vampires, zombies la-di-da to deal very effectively with a much older concern, Death itself.


If Elyse Draper can resist Poe's own early nineteenth century tendency to very occasional floridity of language, get the modern reader into the tale more easily and think out of the box of literary convention, this could be a major talent in the making.


The main 'death', of a little girl by burns, was brilliantly done - sheer genuine horror sustained over many pages - and it is by no means pastiche. This is a genuine development in the American horror story that takes account of the legacy of King as well as of the old master.

Throughout, the implicit horror is uniquely existentialist and fairly brutal yet it does not quite end up with the cruel hopelessness that is currently fashionable at the sharp end of horror. This may be Draper's particular vision. This is not Ligotti's world but a world where death, in being personified, is almost likeable, 'easeful death'.


Perhaps Ligotti and 'schlock' have both taken us as far as we can go into meaningless on the one side and violence on the other. Perhaps we need some more subtle feminine voices who can re-introduce pathos and feeling and respect into horror. If so, Elyse Draper may be one of those writers to watch.

Tim Pendry


Posted by Elyse Draper on January 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Voices of Autism

  • From School Library Journal Adult/High School–This is a rich collection of essays not only by those who have been diagnosed with conditions along the autism spectrum, but also by their parents, siblings, teachers, caregivers, and doctors as well. In An Aspies Guide to Everyone Else, a teen who has Aspergers syndrome attempts to explain the differences between him and those he calls neurotypicals or NTs. Another boy opens The Price of Talk with these words: My name is Michael. I am 14, and I have autism. Some say that I am nonverbal, but I can communicate…. Not being able to talk is very frustrating. My mind knows what I want to say but my lips, tongue, and breath cant make it happen. In My Special Brothers, a 13-year-old girl writes, I think it is the coolest thing to have brothers with autism. Anyone can learn a lot from them; I have. In The Reward, a parent with autistic twins says, …I learned that until you are confronted with severely life-changing situations, you can never know the extent of your capacity to love. For teens whose lives have been touched by this baffling condition, and even for those who just want to better understand it, this book is an invaluable resource.–Pat Bangs, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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  • "This work showcases how families and caregivers measure perseverance, understanding, and success . . . [the stories] paint a rich landscape that many will find familiar. Highly recommended." —Library Journal