KP Blog03 Sep 2014
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First of all I would like to congratulate KP on their fourth anniversary! I'm thrilled to be a part of your team. I'm so very blessed to be here, because after many months of frustrating rejection letters, Mary Keith saved the day for me when she decided to contract three of my stories--- Lizbeth, One Copper Sky, and Petri Dish Diaries. I'll never forget the day I received the acceptance email from her for my favorite novella---I literally got up from my chair, threw my hands over my face and cried. (Thus began the blubbering phone calls to my supportive friends and family) And I have to admit---I've come a long way from the girl who threw words into a hypothetical pot and tossed them around like a salad. Thanks to reading, writing, re-writing, editing, asking a gazillion questions and taking classes, I think I've learned a thing or two---but of course with much more to learn. I will never think I'm good enough. Every time someone says "I bought your book!" I cringe in shame they might hate it but giggle giddily in hopes they find something magical in my words. It's important readers love my characters, even though I know I can't please the world, but these people (or creatures) I've created are part of my heart and soul, and I love them…I want them to find peace, or love, or freedom---whatever it may be. I want my readers to feel something amazing.
I started writing a few years ago, just literally out of the blue. I'm obsessed with movies and stories that catch me off guard and I thought "Hmm…what if?" I tapped some words out on the keyboard---about a recurring dream I had as a child, and something was born in me. Yeah, it wasn't my best work, in fact it sucked and has yet to be re-written or submitted, but it opened up a box of crazy inside my head. I haven’t stopped thinking things up since that day and it has changed my life forever. Some days I look outside and I see a flower, or a person, or hear a name I like. Somehow a life springs forth from it, and I don’t know why, but I'm compelled to write them. I'm so blessed with three amazing children that make me laugh and teach me things about life---they are my best friends. My girls and I are the same---I'm just the wrinkled one. My son is the smartest thing on two legs ever and someday he'll be somebody's boss, but even if he isn't, he's great and I'm in awe of his greatness. I grew up in Modesto California, and I had a really awesome childhood, and that is the truth. My parents were pretty remarkable at raising me and my sister---dinners at five o'clock sharp; watching The Waltons, Mash, and Laugh-In together in front of the television with three channels and no remote. Camping trips to Mexico. I always had tons of love and encouragement. I met my husband at nineteen, but we didn’t get around to marrying until I was in my late twenties because we both had to try out other spouses first. He's my rock and my favorite martial artist---thank God for outside interests to help us grow into well-rounded individuals.
By day I file fingernails and paint them pretty, calling my clients my friends. I may not be the fanciest manicurist on deck, but I try to look the part in my sparkly tops and bright pink lipstick, and I have made the most wonderful friends in this business. I'm not a salon hopper, being in only three salons in almost thirty years and tried my hand at retail jewelry sales too. That was meant to be a temporary job, but it's been eight years. How did that happen? Time slips away from us, so love while you can when you can.
We just wrapped up Stanislaus County's first collaborative novel Ashes in a Teardrop of which I was Chapter Ten and is going to print as we speak. It was fun to hear the different voices and work alongside experienced writers as their peer---this road has been enlightening to say the least. I also look forward to releasing my first adult novella in November with Beachwalk Press---another group of amazingly talented writers.
I believe in dreams, and I believe that magic exists in everything if you look hard enough. Everybody should have something they feel passionate about because without those things that make your breath get stuck in your throat, or your heart skip a beat, life is colorless. So here's to color and another fabulous year at Keith Publications---thanks for stopping by!
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Blurb of Book:
Lizbeth is not your ordinary town and Addison Flynn has been chosen to know its secrets. Its magic keeps the town’s dead locked inside the waters of Lake Lizze; holding the reckless and careless souls deep beneath the darkened waters---and Addison holds the key to setting them free.
The stories of the lake told to her by her grandfather are more than true, but there is so much more than she knows. Everything shifts when her best friend Shay dies in a diving rock accident and something new emerges from the lake, but it’s not what you’d expect.
There are places unknown to the world that are so dark, only the strongest of hearts will survive. The real story of Lizbeth lies tucked inside this place, alongside the most colorful magic you will ever come to know.
Ellen Cummins grew up in the heart of California chasing adventures in the sun. One of her obsessions has always been movies and books that take on an unexpected twist, leaving her with her heart in her throat. She wears many hats---a mother and wife, retail sales girl and manicurist of over 27 years, and unexpectedly a writer. Suddenly at the age of 40, an idea popped into her head and she began feverishly pecking away at the computer creating characters and worlds that she soon became obsessed with. From that point on she fought for them to have their own day in the sun inside the minds of others. Her love of pretty things, be it a pink sparkly purse or a giant and mysterious Cyclamen bloom, inspires her to write colorful characters and haunting love stories that might make your soul just a little sweeter knowing them.
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