Elise Crawford was born on a cold and wet November day in the Motor City the year U. S. troops were sent to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing, during election week the year the Voting Rights Act was signed into congress, the year Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tarts, and the year that the first close up photographs of Mars were taken.
Elise moved with her mother and younger sister to Seattle in 1968. Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. Elise holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while raising her two children single-highhandedly and working on the college campus part-time teaching college level English to fellow ESL students. Read more . .
On a personal note:
In June of 1998 I was the first in my family to graduate from college, I had two small children, didn’t drive, and lived just within the poverty level, without family support or qualifiable for any assistance. Shortly after graduating from college, I landed my first job, learned to drive, bought a car, and gave the green light to a man who had asked for my hand five years before. I had everything I ever wanted. So blindly happy I threw caution to the wind and moved with my children in with my betrothed.
Within just a few months my reality crashed to the ground, when the love of my life was murdered by a passenger on his bus, the day after Thanksgiving, 1998. It was all so unfathomable that I could not wrap my head around the fact that he was gone, not until seven years after the fact. We lost everything; widowed, alone, and homeless I had to start all over again.
I came to terms with my grief through writing. As I wrote I became inspired to transform my journal into a book; a book to empower and give hope to other survivors of tragic loss. With perseverance and that mission as my driving force, I diligently stayed the course right until the very last page. It was a long road from chapter one to the last page, a journey that was usually solitary, the process of writing and rewriting was often long and tedious. And then I took another risk. I quit working full time to pursue the dream to write my story, October of 2005.
A friend of mine, now spouse, Roberto, believed in my vision, gave me the reins to a small business he had just sitting around so I could support myself as I wrote. Without any formal writing or business education, I poured every ounce of my energy into the business and my book. In just under four years I taught myself how to use a computer and the necessary office software to write and to build the business, I learned about designing labels, marketing and sales, how to use a cell phone, how to create the overall look for the business, learned about bookkeeping, customer service, and everything else that had to do with creating a successful business. I also created, and recreated three times now, a website for the business which makes sales nationally and internationally.
With nearly every spare penny from the business, A Promise Kept was self-published April 29th of 2009. I created a website for it as well. My book was rewarded a Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal Award 2010 and the National Association of Professional Women featured me as Author of the Month, June of the same year.
I am empowered by the reviews I’ve received I am just amazed at how far I’ve come, how much I’ve accomplished, and the power of faith. I believe I’m not only an inspiration for my own children, especially my daughter, but for other women who feel as hopeless as I once did. If my story makes a difference in at least one person’s life, then the struggles and sacrifice to get where I am today were not in vain. I am proof that life goes on after death, after children, and after 40.
Elise’s partial memoir, A Promise Kept, was her first book. In 2014 Elise learned she should share more of her story . On June 10, 2018 she finished her completed autobiography, Sisters of Moirai. In addition to her memoir, she has the framework for a based on a true story novel, embellished with a fictitious flair, and will begin writing it January of 2019.
Elise and Roberto reside in western Washington with their cats Lucky and Foxy. Their CEDAR-AL business continues to flourish and prosper. Her son Dale is retired from the United States Navy and is studying for an Engineering degree. Her daughter Lexi works full-time in corporate banking.