Today I’m delighted to welcome author, EE Carter, to my blog with a fascinating passion.

Moonstone-Obsession400w-199x300Romance writer Elizabeth Ellen Carter was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth – but it may have been a pen.

Ever since then she has been writing… and writing… and writing.

Welcome to my blog, EE (or may I call you Elizabeth?). Thank you for being here today.

Do you have a passion other than writing? Please tell us about it.

I have hobby which is a little unusual. I collect vintage souvenirs of the Gold Coast – the collection consists of post cards and transfer print chinaware like plates, cups and saucers as well as in dishes. The earliest item in my collection is a postcard from 1914, but most of the souvenirs are from the 1950s through to the 1970s.

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This postcard is dated 14/10/1914 so it is 100 years old this year. The view is looking south towards where Surfers Paradise is now.

That’s really cool!

Another passion of mine is supporting 100% Hope a charity run by a teacher friend. Trishelle is an amazing lady who has built an orphanage, school and trade training college in Uganda. She does such an amazing job. A team of young people I know are going to go over there in July to help continue building. They’re having a fund raiser soon. Here’s the web site –http://www.100-hope.org/

What a great charity. 

How long have you been involved in your passion?

My souvenir collecting actually started as a joke about 15 years ago. My husband and I were on holidays and walked into an antique store and found a nut dish with an early view of Narrow Neck (just north of Surfers Paradise) dating from the 1940s. We thought it would be a lark to buy a tourist piece from the city that we already live in and it stated from there! I would say that I have more than 100 pieces in the collection.

What is it about it that brings a sparkle to your eye / motivates you?

Several reasons I think. The first is my grandfather was a steelfixer on some of the early high rise buildings in Surfers Paradise that were built in the mid to late 1960s. Another reason is that the Gold Coast streetscape changes so quickly that many of the views contained in the post card and dishes no longer exist. Lastly, souvenirs are largely ephemeral – post cards were eventually thrown out, souvenir plates thrown out because they had lost relevance to the owner or their family. It’s a form of archiving social history that I love.

I’ve never thought of it like that – it really is, isn’t it?

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The image on this candy dish is Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise with the beach behind the viewer, the Surfers Paradise Hotel is now long gone. The Hard Rock Cafe sits there now.

Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion?

I found a little pin dish at a garage sale. It didn’t have a price but I knew I wanted it any way. So here I was chatting away with the owner telling her that the dish had to be before the mid 1930s because of the view of the original Kirra Beach Life Saving Club pavilion. And I was wondering why my husband was pulling funny faces at me. In the end he gave up and wandered off. I caught up with him and asked why he had been acting odd. He said that by telling her all about the dish would have increased the price.

He needn’t have worried. I got it for $2 any way… (I know how to bargain 😉 )

Hehe, you sure do! Well done!

Can you tell us a little more about yourself, EE?

My first book – a Regency historical romance called Moonstone Obsession was published by Etopia Press in October.

You can buy it at the following places:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

All Romance Ebooks

Kobo

I have just submitted a medieval romantic epic called Warrior’s Surrender and I’m keeping fingers and toes crossed that the publisher will like it. I’m currently writing a sequel to Moonstone Obsession called Moonstone Conspiracy, the first draft of which I hope to have complete by the end of June and I hope to have finished the first draft of a fourth book by the end of the year.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog Kerrie!

You’re welcome – thanks for being on my blog – and good luck with Warrior’s Surrender and Moonstone Conspiracy.

You can find EE at her website or on Facebook.