Behind the Scenes with Elysian Fields (and Weekly W*nners)


If you’re waiting for a book prize from me, I’m trying to get caught up (again) this week, so be patient! I’ll get there. In the meantime…I’m continuing my trip through the Style Sheet for Elysian Fields, book three of the Sentinels of New Orleans series. And read on to the end for prize info!

So, here’s how the Style Sheet works. In the process of getting a book actally published, authors go through a number of stages. Copyedits are when an editor with an eagle-eye for detail has combed through the manuscript, made grammatical and house-style changes, asked questions, or made notes when something needs clarifying. They also create a Style Sheet that makes notes of unusual words or spellings, or proper nouns, as they occur in the book.

So…I thought it would be fun to go through the Style Sheet for Elysian Fields, which might give some clues as to things you’ll see in there, as well as some background on the series in general….Today, we tackle the letter F (you can find the As hereBs hereCs hereDs here, Es here).


Fae…Yes, as in faeries and folk. Although only mentioned briefly in Elysian Fields, they are one of the major prete groups in the Beyond, and as the players begin to align themselves either with or against the wizards, it’s unclear at this point where the Fae will come down. The other major groups, of course, are the wizards, the shifters and weres, the vampires, the historical undead…and the elves. The historical undead have no particular powers and thus are a minor group–their big advantage is in being essentially immortal. Especially one dangerous undead pirate.


Fire Elves. One of the four tribes of the elven nation, and the smallest. The Fire Elves, known in their own language as the Tân, were the origins of Charlie, DJ’s elven staff. And they might want it back. Or they might have something else in mind…

Five Happiness. A Chinese restaurant on Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City New Orleans. Rand brings dinner for DJ from Five Happiness in one scene in the book. She wants him to go home, but leave the food.


Flossie and Freddie. Known to readers of a certain vintage (ahem) as the younger set of Bobbsey Twins (Bert and Nan being the older ones). At one point, DJ refers to herself and Rand as “Flossie and Freddie” because their coloring is similar–only she’s pissed that he’s prettier than she is.


Flying Chairs Carousel. A ride at the now-defunct Six Flags New Orleans. Six Flags drowned under

eight or ten or twelve feet of floodwater in the post-Katrina flooding, and never reopened. Yet it still sits there today, rusted, covered in graffiti, the chairs of the Flying Chairs Carousel swinging in the breeze. Utterly creepy. Several key scenes in Elysian Fields take place at Six Flags–one in particular involves the Flying Chairs Carousel. Note from the photo the graffiti across the base, and the small machinery room inside the base, as well as the overall structure.  


French Market. On lower Decatur Street in the French Quarter lies the French Market. These days, it contains not only the huge Farmer’s Market where all the local chefs come to get the freshest food for their day’s fare, but individuals can buy as well. Below that is the ginormous marketplace where one can buy everything from jewelry to t-shirts to alligator jawbones to…well, anything. And, as you’ll see in the photo below, I absolutely am not joking when I say I’ve eaten fried gator on a stick!


F-bomb. It appears once in Elysian Fields, but it’s in French. Jean says that doesn’t count–and he wasn’t the one who said it. Remember Jean’s half-brother, Dominique Youx? He’s baaaack, and he still doesn’t like DJ.

Now….did you win a book this week? You know the drill. If you see your name, please email me at suzannej3523 at gmail dot com with your mailing info. 

TERI ANNE won an ARC of Michael Logan’s Apocalypse Cow.


BREANA won a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Arithmatist.

MIKI won a $10 book credit or equivalent from Book Depository.

Congrats, everyone!

Check back tomorrow with a new Reader’s Choice contest!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

5 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes with Elysian Fields (and Weekly W*nners)

  1. Thank you a lot!! and congrats to the other winners

    i’m curious about the origins of Charlie yes^^ and i guess i missed Dominique ( after all if i want Jean i will get Dominique as well unfortunately^^)

    I really don’t match fried gator with french cuisine^^;;; i’m curious about what french element it still has

    • Dominique still doesn’t have a major role in Elysian Fields; he’s in only one scene (during which he drops the F-bomb–LOL). I don’t ever foresee him having a major role in the series…but never say never!

  2. Those chairs never get so high here in Holland! Just a few feet above the ground. I did love it when I still fitted in the seat …
    And I would love visiting the French Market someday.

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