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Easton Writer Puts the Pieces Together

EASTON, Conn. – Elise Broach combines her passions for history and making up stories to create children's novels that have a real story at the core.

Her most recent novel, “Missing on Superstition Mountain,” is the first of a trilogy where the characters explore a real-life mystery: Superstition Mountain in Arizona.

"It's like a land Bermuda Triangle," said Broach, who traveled with her daughter to the see the mountain first-hand. "We were warned off it so many times ... it was the toughest hike I've ever taken ... it's such a silent place – you cannot imagine the absence of sound."

Broach studied history in college and for her dissertation studied sacred landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon. "History helps me with everything – it was such an important major for me," she said.

She then took a leave of absence from her college studies and took a writing course at Wilton High School. The class formed into an authors group that still meets every three weeks.

Broach also writes picture books . These, she says, come from a "burst of inspiration," during which she will write for a few hours and then do multiple revisions.

While writing novels, "I have an idea for the beginning and I know what the ending will be – I get stuck in the middle finding a way for it to lead logically to the ending." It usually takes her about a year to finish one.

Her first book, a picture book, was published in 2000. Since then, she has published one or two books a year – a total of 10 so far, four of them children's novels . Her first novel, “Masterpiece,” is a New York Times bestseller.

"I love to make up stories. Finishing a book is satisfying in the same way doing a puzzle is satisfying – there's something about getting it right," said Broach.

She gets her ideas while walking her dog, Dixie. When at home, she writes in a quiet atmosphere, but she can often be found typing away at a local Starbucks.

In addition to her full-time job as a writer, Broach has been a member of Easton's Board of Finance since 2003.

"I came from the perspective of a parent. I live in the community, I care about the community … I can make the most change and look most closely [at the town] as a member of the Board of Finance," said Broach.

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