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Author Interview with Ellwyn Autumn

Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, Ellwyn Autumn, author of The Kamyla Chung Series and Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission.

Ellwyn Autumn is an American author/blogger/ghostwriter and a certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. She writes children’s picture books, middle-grade novels, and Young Adult fiction. Ellwyn’s first self-published novel, Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission, was a finalist in the 2016 Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Her Kamyla Chung picture book series addresses difficult issues facing young children. Kamyla Chung and the Classroom Bully is on Jedlie’s Certified Great Reads List and earned Story Monster Approval.

Ellwyn discovered her passion for writing in second grade when she had to write a book report for school. She was so excited to write the report, until her mother told her that she had to write about someone else’s book and not her own story. Ellwyn became indignant and decided that once she finished the book report she would most certainly write her own original story. She has been writing ever since!

She lives with her family in Pennsylvania. She loves all things magical, curling up with a good book, writing stories, and almost anything with chocolate in it.

Hello, Ellwyn,

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was seven years old.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son inspired my first published book. When he was little I used to tell him and his friends that I was a secret agent for Santa Claus. Shortly after I envisioned, Agent 12-25, and the story came to life.

What genre do you consider your book(s)? 

Children’s and fantasy.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It depends on the day. During a good week, usually several hours every day. This may also include marketing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That’s a good question. I like rhyme and alliteration.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

I try to weave humor and sarcastic characters, that have a certain vulnerability, into my stories. I want to show the humanity beneath their salty exteriors. I strive to write stories that will make people laugh and empathize with the characters as they overcome difficult obstacles.

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New Release! Prompt Me Again Creative Writing Workbook & Journal

It is my pleasure to announce the newest edition of the PROMPT ME SERIES. Woo hoo!

Prompt Me Again is full of new prompts and ideas to get (and keep) you writing.

I had a ton of fun taking all the new pictures. I went so far as getting into a pool fully clothed (with my friend, Jenn) and capturing some eery images. I also found myself wading through waist-high grass (in flip-flops) while getting eaten by mosquitos to nab the perfect sunset pic. And…it was all worth it.

As an aside, both of my editors faves are the “Fairy Tale Mash Up” and the “Facial Expression” reference chart. Regardless, there is something for everyone in the book.


Here is a glimpse of what you get in this new installment.

Clean enough for teens and sophisticated enough for adults. 

Add it to you TBR list on Goodreads here.

Prompt Me Again on Amazon.

Because you asked…more Prompt Me books are in the works.

Current Projects: Prompt Me Romance (Feb. 2019), Prompt Me Classroom, and Prompt Me Kids Edition.

Halloween Giveaway!!

Fall weather has arrived (at least here it has) and so has the Halloween Giveaway!! Woo hoo! You like free stuff, right?!

There is a $84 Grand Prize, plus a chance to win one of 27 books and 27 other prizes. Click here to enter via a rafflecopter. Several authors who I have interviewed are also giving away prizes.

Here are my personal prizes:

 

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Spring into Reading Multi-Author Giveaway!

Who likes free stuff? I am participating in a huge multi-author giveaway event! Woo hoo! I am personally giving away one book (one Watcher Series novel on Kindle -or- any Prompt Me in hard copy) in addition to  a $5 Amazon gift card. But that’s not all!

You have the chance to win $120 in Paypal cash and personal prizes each author and blogger are offering. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below (or use this link http://bit.ly/2uGFdub).

 

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New Release! Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Workbook & Journal

I am so pleased to announce the release of the third installment of the Prompt Me Series! Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy is now available on Amazon or any other online retailer. Creating this book has been a blast, the pictures alone were an adventure. My daughter and I had fun amongst the redwoods for the fantasy based pic below. Others had me flat on my belly trying to capture the strange beauty of giant sand dunes. But pictures aren’t the only type of prompt in this workbook. Trust me when I say, there’s something for every type of writer. Enjoy!

This gives you a glimpse at the variety of pages in this book.

Prompt Me Sci-FI & Fantasy: Workbook & Journal by Robin Woods

If you would like to put this on your “To Be Read” list on Goodreads, here is the link:

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Photo Writing Prompts: 5 Pics to Get You Writing

It’s less than two weeks until the release of Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy. So here are five more photo prompts to keep you going until then. Happy writing!

Prompt 1

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Photo Writing Prompts: 5 Photos for your Creative Mojo

The countdown for Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Workbook and Journal continues. Here are five more photo prompts AND a full page from the workbook to tide you over. No, I’m not giving you a full page of prompts, but I am giving you a mini “How To” with a sample story. Enjoy!

Prompt 1 

The following prompts do not appear in the workbook.
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Photo Writing Prompt: 5 Photos to Inspire You

With my upcoming Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy release this February, I want to celebrate by releasing a series of photo writing prompts over the next couple of weeks. Here are five of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 

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BLOG POST: 10 Things I Learned from My Mom

I realize that I’ve been quiet for a long while. Last year was hard for me. Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching full-time, raising two elementary kids, being a partner to my husband, running a household, and sneaking in writing, I was stopped in my tracks—my mom took a turn for the worse.

My mom had suffered for a long time with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), think Parkinson’s disease on crack. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to watch an independent person be robbed of the things that they love most. My mother was an artist who made everything she touched more beautiful. This disease stole the use of her hands, then all motor function, followed by her ability to speak, and ultimately her life.

My multiple trips north to Oregon were to help my dad and see my mom as much as possible. In July, I flew up to help transition my mom to hospice care. They said she had a few months, but after I flew home, it was only a few days. My dad had tirelessly taken care of her. He meant it when he said “for better or worse, in sickness or in health.” This month would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

It has been five months, and it has taken me this long to process enough to write about…well, much of anything. It is hard for me to be this open in public. By nature, I am very optimistic and upbeat, but I tend to keep my pain private. So, instead of not saying anything, I wanted to honor my mom and share a glimpse of her wisdom.

What I learned from my mom.
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