Author’s Corner

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* Ellwyn Autumn *
* Ann Harrison *
* Donna L Martin *

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DONNA L MARTIN

Donna L Martin is the author of 10 books and she has more books coming soon. I had the pleasure of meeting Donna through an online author’s group and we quickly found that we had a lot in common. We both enjoy reading and writing in different genres, and the mascot in her HISTORY’S MYSTERIES book series is named Amelia Earmouse. What a lovely name for a mascot! Thank you Donna, for taking the time to allow me to interview you today.

HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Hunting Gris-Gris by Donna L Martin

HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Hunting Gris-Gris by Donna L Martin

Amelia: Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Donna: I have been writing for over 45 years, but professionally for only 10 years. When I’m not running my martial arts school, I’m writing books in a number of genres, including inspirational, picture books, historical fictional chapter books, and young adult fantasy. The last ten years have been good to me. I have ten books published as of 2020. I have three more books scheduled to be released throughout 2021.

Amelia: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Donna: My latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Hunting Gris-Gris, was released March 2020. It was inspired by my love of both uncovering little known historical events and encouraging children to explore the past.

Amelia: What authors, or books have influenced you?
Donna: I have an extremely eclectic taste in reading. My reading list includes everything from Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series, all the way to nonfiction like books exploring the assassination of President Lincoln. I read Reader’s Digest to stay up to date with a variety of topics and read over 200 picture books and chapter books every summer to gage the latest industry trends. A great story that touches me can come from any genre, so I enjoy them all.

Amelia: What are you working on now?
Donna: I’ve almost completed the research for book four of my HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: President Lincoln’s Balloons. It will take place during the Civil War and allows me to introduce my readers to the men who helped the North win the war from high in the sky. It’s scheduled to be released by Story Catcher Publishing by the summer of 2021.

Amelia: What is your best method to promote your books?
Donna: I do everything from author visits, Facebook promos, bookmarks, postcards, Instagram advertising, library visits, emails, newsletters, and school visits. They all are good methods for me, depending on the particular readers I’m trying to reach…sometimes librarians, bookstores, teachers, children, parents, etc.

Amelia: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Donna: Have a plan. Fine tune your goals. Write the strongest story you can and then build the best network you can to give you feedback on how to make that story even stronger. Research your genre so you know exactly what the world expects from your story. Know your publishing options and don’t skimp on your cover. Attend as many physical or online workshops as you can and never stop learning how to improve your storytelling skills.

Donna L Martin

Donna L Martin, Author and 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo

Bio: Best-selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

Donna’s Social Media Sites:
Website: www.storycatcherpublishing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays
Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/donnalmartin

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: ANN HARRISON

Ann Harrison is the author of four books, including The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, Inner Vision, and A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, which is currently under revision.

The Spirit of Creativity - Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart by Ann Harrison

The Spirit of Creativity – Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart by Ann Harrison

Amelia: Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Ann: I am an author, a freelance writer and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. When I’m not writing or podcasting, I love to sit out on my front porch and listen to my wind chimes while brainstorming. I’ve written several books, but four of them are currently published. Three of which I’m promoting, and one I’m rewriting. Thank you Ann, for taking the time to allow me to interview you today.

Amelia: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Ann: My latest book is entitled The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart and can be purchased at the following link:
https://books2read.com/TheSpiritOfCreativity. A friend inspired me to start focusing on my poetry writing through prompts she shared on her podcast. However, the Holy Spirit gave me many of my poems, while a few poems here and there, were inspired by other writing prompts. Most of my poetry comes to me when I’m sitting out on my front porch.

Amelia: What authors, or books have influenced you?
Ann: Jen Lowry, Terri Blackstock, Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, and so many throughout my life.

Amelia: What are you working on now?
Ann: As I mentioned above, I’m rewriting my novel entitled A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. I thought I only had four books in this series, but it’s bigger than I could have ever imagined.

Amelia: What is your best method to promote your books?
Ann: To be honest, I’m still working on that one. I put my links up on social media when people in the writing community ask for them, or as pieces in specific threads or using the hashtag #ShamelessSelfPromotion in certain Facebook groups. I have also put the latest one on a couple of promotion websites. However, for the most part, I talk about my process on my podcast.

Amelia: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Ann: Listen to the experts, but be mindful of what works for you. The writing process isn’t a one size fits all approach and each person’s process is different.

Amelia: Do you have an author website, or other social media links?
Ann: My website and social media links are as follows:
My website: https://annwritesinspiration.com
My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/annwritesinspiration
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annwrites75
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1
My podcast: https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys

Bio: In addition to writing four books, she has also been published in several anthologies and she contributed to a devotional entitled God Things: Hope for the Hurting, alongside Jen Lowry and fifteen other authors. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional freelance writer. She also hosts the Inspirational Journeys Podcast, where she gives authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories. When she’s not interviewing special guests, she hosts solo episodes providing book reviews, reading selected poems, and sharing tips and encouragement for aspiring authors.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: ELLWYN AUTUMN

Ellwyn Autumn

In 2018, I had the pleasure of meeting Ellwyn Autumn at a local Author Expo. We quickly shared our marketing ideas as we discussed our love of writing and self-publishing books. In 2019, we worked together, offering storytime readings in our local community. Thank you, Ellwyn for taking the time for this author interview.

Amelia: Tell us about yourself and how many books you’ve written.
Ellwyn: I’m a former Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten teacher. I taught for twenty years, 17 of them were with The School District of Philadelphia. Nowadays, I write children’s books, blog, and write book reviews on Lemon Drop Literary.

Amelia: What is your latest book and what inspired it?
Ellwyn: My most recently published book is a children’s book called Teddy Bear Tea.

Amelia: What authors or books have influenced you?
Ellwyn: J.K Rowling is my all-time favorite author. Her Harry Potter Series will forever be my number one series to read. The worldbuilding and character development in the stories are superb. But what I enjoy most about her books is the way she writes. Her word choices and descriptions are genius! Another favorite author of mine is Jan Brett. Her picture book illustrations are phenomenal.

Amelia: What are you working on now?
Ellwyn: I’m reviewing books on Lemon Drop Literary and writing a story about a wizard who works in a hospital. I don’t have a title yet.

Amelia: What is your best method to promote books?
Ellwyn: To be honest, I’m still figuring this out. I find marketing and promotion quite tricky. From what I’ve learned, an email list is one of the best ways to spread the word about your work.

Amelia: What advice do you have for new authors?
Ellwyn: Read, write, repeat! After that, join a writer’s group and be open to an honest critique. If you’re serious about developing your craft, you must listen and follow through with people’s suggestions for improvement. Write what you know, and what you’re passionate about.

Social Media:
Website: https://www.ellwynautumn.com/
Blog: https://lemondropliterary.blogspot.com/

Bio: 
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!

Ellwyn 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.

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