Good morning! I would like to introduce children and fantasy author, Ellwyn Autumn. She keeps very busy with her routine of writing daily and marketing her newest book! If you would like to learn more about Ellwyn Autumn and her books, then follow her at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MeWe, Bookbub, Goodreads, Blog, Amazon, and her Author Website!
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
I am an Indie Author.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
I developed the writing/storytelling bug when I seven and have been creating stories ever since. My first independently published book Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission was published in 2015 and was a 2016 Finalist in The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards Contest. I’ve also started a picture book series called The Kamyla Chung Series. Drawing on my experiences as a teacher, I address difficult issues facing young children every day like childhood fears, bullying, and child abuse. I’m also a contributing writer for Coffee House Writers.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
Yes, I do. Ever since I learned of pen names, I wanted one. When I discovered Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) had one, I knew I had to have one too. As a person who creates characters and gives them names, I just had to make one for myself.
What genre do you write and why?
Children’s books and fantasy. I enjoy creating magical worlds that are full of fun and wonder. I want children to have as much fun reading books as I did when I was young.
What are you currently working on?
I’m marketing my newest book, Captain Hook: Villain or Victim which will be available on February 26, 2019. I just finished the second draft of a fairy story and will be going through it again.
What inspired you to write your books?
My son and daughter inspired Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission. When my son was little, I used to tell him and his friends that I was an agent for Santa’s Secret Service. The main character, Patty Pringle, is loosely based on my daughter. She’s the pretty girl on the front cover.
The Kamyla Chung Series was inspired by my experiences as a public school teacher. I noticed there was a need for more bi-racial characters and stories that addressed difficult issues young children face every day both in and out of the classroom.
As for Captain Hook: Villain or Victim? I don’t know where the inspiration for that came. I feel like that one wrote itself.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
Only five? I have so many. Okay, I’ll narrow it down.
The Harry Potter Series (I know that’s seven but you can’t like just one of them. It’s a package deal.)
The Hunger Games Series(Again, a package deal.)
The Prydain Series (I know, I know but…it’s another package deal!)
Okay, I’m done:)
What does literary success look like to you?
I’d like my books to bring joy to my readers. I also hope that The Kamyla Chung Series will help parents, teachers,
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
Lately, I’ve been at my computer all day. I’ve started posting Story Prompts online. For each prompt, I write a response. I’m also a contributing writer for Coffee House Writers. As for my routine, I write, read books and articles, and write some more. When I need to take a break, I exercise or go for a walk.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
Harry Potter, of course! Because it’s awesome: the characters, the world building, the caliber of the writing.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
Read, write, repeat. Join a writer’s group and support other authors. Write the story you want to read. Be open to constructive criticism and find yourself a good editor. Marya Jansen-Gruber from lookingglassreview.com is amazing.
Check out some of Ellwyn’s titles!