Release Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Little Brown Dog Press, Pinehurst, NC USA
Carli Morris is looking forward to a quiet retirement. Earning billions from the sale of her Madison Avenue ad agency, she dreams of spending her golden years painting and giving back to society. But the heartbreaking discovery of a homeless woman poisoned to death reopens the wounds of Carli’s own tragic loss.
Realizing her busy career turned her away from the vulnerable, she throws herself on a mission to get the defenseless off the streets. But as she sacrifices her own needs to support others, her new colleague’s mental illness and Carli’s unresolved grief collide in a staggering sequence of events that will alter her life forever.
Can Carli dig deep and make a powerful, personal impact?
Clean Sweep is a dynamic literary novel. If you like moving revelations, gut-wrenching decisions, and life-affirming transformations, then you’ll love E. B. Lee’s enlightening tale.
Immerse yourself in this heartfelt journey today!
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
E. B. Lee: One of the hardest parts is not thinking about the book every minute of the day. When I am in writing mode, I am constantly thinking through scenes, dialogues and sticking points. I often write out several paragraphs at a time in my mind as I am walking my dog, gardening, or doing house chores. The trick is remembering, or recreating, what I have written out in my mind. I have considered trying dictation, as many other authors do. Sometimes, I am ready to sleep but my writing brain is still awake and I have to jump out of bed to write something down.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
E. B. Lee: I listen to talk radio shows, and I often listen to classical music on a very, very, very low volume when I am writing, so I really just have it playing for background music. I grew up with music of the ‘60s and ‘70’ so rock and roll and also country are natural to me. iHeart Radio has seemingly endless options for livestreams and recorded shows, which are fun. I am a longtime fan of professional sports in New York, and also have added other cities’ teams to my teams of interest due to family moving to different parts of the United States, so I listen to games a lot. In addition, I am always happy to go outside and listen to birds, insects, wind in the trees, water in ponds or rivers, rain falling, snow falling, all the natural sounds. It is so alive outside.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
E. B. Lee: I have a few beta readers, and I am looking to ask a few more for my next novel. I currently do not work with other writers as critique partners, but rather with people who are interested in reading, and who will give feedback, ask questions, and notice things that I either would not notice, or see things from a different point of view. It is valuable to open myrself up to new ideas and perspectives, and it is valuable to not take my writing personally. It is all about the story.
What book are you reading now?
E. B. Lee: I have several going, which is not unusual. It is so difficult to not grab a few at the bookstore, or download a couple at once. At this very moment, I have A Gentleman in Moscow started, which I am loving. The Chanel Sisters is also in process, along with Carnegie’s Maid. I just read All the Light You Cannot See, A Single Thread, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue, all literary fiction. I whizzed through The President is Missing, one of the James Patterson/Bill Clinton mystery thrillers. I have a long list of books to read, and I never have enough time to read them.
How did you start your writing career?
E. B. Lee: Writing has been an important part of many of my jobs throughout life, but that did not make writing my career. It simply made it a valuable job skill. Ever since high school, I have kept a journal on and off, so writing is a very natural outlet for me. Writing stories, creating characters, and working through the entire process of writing a novel started a number of years ago on this very novel, Clean Sweep, but I shelved my drafts when I immersed myself in flower farming. In 2020, with the world turned upside down, I knew it was time to focus again on writing. The result of this, you know.
E. B. Lee: My next release will share some similarities with Clean Sweep: A Novel, but will also be strikingly different. For starters, it is set in a rural area of the western United States, a dramatically different setting than Clean Sweep’s streets of Manhattan. I am playing around with a very different format, but I am keeping the details of this under wraps for now ... I guess you will have to read it when it comes out! Similar to Clean Sweep: A Novel, my next book will be serious fiction, highlighting a particular issue of importance to me. Similar as well, it will have a female protagonist. Finally, like Clean Sweep, I am adding a shocking twist. Like Clean Sweep, I am toning down the twist from what I originally envisioned so readers don’t put the book down when they read it.
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