"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
My newest book was finished during NaNoWriMo in a first draft form. It is a prequel to Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. It is now available on Createspace.com and Amazon. I also have a new collectin of short fiction coming out any day now, BURST.
Last summer I published "Stairs of Sand," women's fiction (see tab).
My first novel is out, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead." One of my aunts said, "How did you choose that topic?" The truth is that I chose to write about a high school girl, and then I needed a reason for her journey to take her back home. The writing process. . . it amazes me and is often the subject of my poetry.
At a time of intense writer's block for the sequel to my first novel, I collated some of my short stories and flash fiction, added 6-word memoirs and hint fiction, plus a novelette. The volume is called "Flash Warden and Other Short Fiction) is available in Kindle and paperback. I should have a second Flash volume ready for summer, "Apocalypse Tao."
Books, those I've read and the words I've written, have been my most important bridge to the world, articulating what I have felt but have not spoken and helping me to understand the lives of others.
My father served in WWII on the carrier Enterprise, and joined the army after the war. I was an army brat. Before I was a one year old, we left for Germany, where my father was the commander of a brigade escorting the trains between Germany and the American sector of Berlin. We lived in Kassel and Frankfurt. Returning to the U.S., we moved to my mom's home town, the most southwesterly city in the U.S, Imperial Beach, California. My mom loved the outdoors and most of all, the ocean. She could body surf with the best of them, clear into her seventies!
It is at the center of my writing, this little town of Imperial Beach (fondly known as IB). For a different look at it, the town is featured in "Tijuana Straits" by Kem Nunn. I lived there long before drugs and violence hit the outer reaches.
Many of my memoir stories and the novel-in-progress are set in Imperial Beach and the San Diego area, which will always be home to me. I left San Diego for UCLA and never lived "down south" full-time again.
Majoring in English at UCLA was a dream come true for me. . . I was going to get college credit for READING as much of the great literature of the world as the curriculum could require and then some, as I read in my free time too. And as I taught, I learned of more authors and more books, poems, essays. . .things I continue to think of and quote to myself even now.
Favorite authors? I would say poet, William Blake; poet, Mary Oliver; novelists Nina Revoyr (Southland, The Age of Dreaming); Margaret Atwood (The Year of the Flood); Susan Kenney (Sailing); JonEllen Heckler (Safekeeping); Mary Lawson (The Other Side of the Bridge); Steve Pressman (The Afghan Campaign and Gates of Fire); Cecilia Brainard (When The Rainbow Goddess Slept); and Eve LaSalle Caram (The Blue Geography); Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants)., Madeline Miller, (The Song of Achilles). Check my listmanias on Amazon under "Gladdy Me eg" of Santa Clarita. I must have 1000 more books to list.
I also recommend goodreads.com, shelfari.com, Shewrites.com, and MY BLOG:
When I remarried, I think I married Daniel Boone. He worked in Alaska and Dinky Creek, CA, and is bristling that we have neighbors near our retirement home in Galena, MO. (We didn't know they were THAT close until we saw a plane's view photo of the house). Our home always includes dogs from rescue groups--we have down-sized from labradors (after Pete and Clayton died) to smaller, crazier breeds, a cockerpoo and a terrier mix.
I taught high school senior English until I realized that I had more homework (grading papers) than my students did and finally said, "Hey--it's time to LIVE!
I am involved in the UCLA Writers' Program, which I love. I have used writing as my voice in the wilderness since I was about seven. As Annie Lamott said in "Bird by Bird," a writer is often the good, quiet child, watching from the sidelines, observing and remembering. So it was with me.
My husband and I plan to move to the Ozarks as soon as we can. I often visit our Missouri home for the solitude it provides for thinking and writing. We can't wait to move out of LA madness. And we will have the advantage of being nearer to our daughters in Raleigh, NC, and son and family in Ohio.
I am in love with books and have to divide my day into house chores, time to write and time to read. And then there is dog time too. . .and always, time for my Daniel Boone, Patrick.--unless he starts playing his electric guitar too loud or turns on the Van Halen full blast!
Patrick and I are collaborating on a first anthology of poetry, to be published ???????? who knows when.
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Accomplishments: I have been a CSPA judge for scholastic yearbooks for the past 5 years. Interesting work.
BURST by Eileen Clemens Granfors A new collection from the editions of Flash Warden and Apocalypse Tao. Flash fiction, traditional short stories, and memoir shorts.... Amazon.comcreatespace
Sydney's Story by Eileen Clemens Granfors The story behind the morose hero of A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney's Story is a book I promised my students that I would write. And now I have! Available in paperback or Kindle.... Amazon.com
Stairs of Sand by Eileen Clemens Granfors Suzann (Zoozle)Zimmerman and her mother might as well be from different planets, for they have no emotional connection. A close look at dysfunctional families and Borderline Personality Disorder, "Stairs of Sand," is a funny, fast-paced, realistic portrait of a perfectionist mother and a free-spirited daughter....
Short Stories Flash Fiction: Death of the Dauphin by Alphonse Daudet presented by Eileen Clemens Granfors This is one of the earliest examples of flash fiction, a story of fewer than 1000 words. This one has 539 and really packs a punch. All those people fighting for money and power. . .a great story to ... Old School (Days), Part II by Eileen Clemens Granfors The upper grades held all kinds of new competition. . .... Daughter of a Legendary Beauty by Eileen Clemens Granfors So she launched a 1000 ships? The great Helen left her daughter behind.... Camping Sans Winnebago by Eileen Clemens Granfors Camping would make us appreciate the simple life, our parents said. And we kids thought it was all great fun.... Manna by Eileen Clemens Granfors How far would Sheila go to divert her husband's attention back to herself? She's acting a little crazy. . . ... Old School (Days) by Eileen Clemens Granfors I loved school. . .all my life.... The Old Candy Shoppe and Other Saturday Delights by Eileen Clemens Granfors Our allowance (25 cents) meant big decisions on Saturday.... My Friend, Ta by Eileen Clemens Granfors Japanese boys in our little California town were as rare as snow, but we shared more than the fence between our yards....
Poetry Lighten Up by Eileen Clemens Granfors Grumpy morning turns better... BURST by Eileen Clemens Granfors A poem for the Foreword of my new anthology of flash fiction, BURST.... Dream House by Eileen Clemens Granfors King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."... Death's Door by Eileen Clemens Granfors My father is dying. He is not going "gently into that good night." (Dylan Thomas). I like Leif Enger's description, "He died as if he was catching a train." Would that it could be so.... True Love by Eileen Clemens Granfors Some things I believe about love.... Simple Pleasure by Eileen Clemens Granfors I drove past a playground today where the children were joyously swinging.... Ode to Dogs by Gene Hill shared by Eileen Clemens Granfors I found this as I searched for my daily dog Tweet. I couldn't reduce it to 160 characters. I love these thoughts.... 20 Ways to Keep Your Wife as Your Lover by Eileen Clemens Granfors Happy anniversary to us! How we've managed 22 years when we are such opposites is a testament to give-and-take. A short poem, with a nod to Paul Simon's inspiration.... Hidden? by Eileen Clemens Granfors One of those middle of the night thoughts.... A Birthday by Eileen Clemens Granfors It's just a number.... A Child's Miind by Eileen Clemens Granfors Times change. Children have the right to be children.... Foreword to Stairs of Sand by Eileen Clemens Granfors This is the poem my friend, Yvette Johnson, wrote for my book, STAIRS OF SAND. Five years later, the book is, at last, in print!... Name Dropping by Eileen Clemens Granfors I cleared this with Patrick. I didn't want his fans to think I was whining and destroying his otherwise faultless reputation on the den.... Surf's UP by Eileen Clemens Granfors Newport Beach is famous for the Wedge. The waves were huge last week.... Mama by Eileen Clemens Granfors A painful anniversary.... My St. Patrick by Eileen Clemens Granfors Perfect: Patrick's birthday on St. Patrick's Day!... Creating by Eileen Clemens Granfors When I get too tied up in perfection, I look out the window and relax.... Egret, Alone by Eileen Clemens Granfors Beautiful, but something seems amiss.... Skyward by Eileen Clemens Granfors A lovely day in LA.... The Trickster by Eileen Clemens Granfors A little snow in LA makes the season bright. . .... Childhood's Changes by Eileen Clemens Granfors From a class exercise. . . and a memory... From th Birds by Eileen Clemens Granfors A 'ku thought from Patrick's picture.... Bougainvillea by Eileen Clemens Granfors From my picture. . .... Prayer by Mary Oliver shared by by Eileen Clemens Granfors Nothing is quite as simple and as beautiful as Mary Oliver's words. She captures the moment.... Wildebeest of Words by Eileen Clemens Granfors I've been away awhile, working with BUSINESS issues. I would much rather be writing.
Picture from National Geographic web site....
Articles FREE days by Eileen Clemens Granfors If you're wondering what the fuss is about flash fiction, I have some of the first flash stories here--Death of the Dauphin by Alphonse Daudet. 1840... Promo Your Indie by Eileen Clemens Granfors What I have learned this year. . . ... Public Reading by Eileen Clemens Granfors I taught literature for 34 years, so reading aloud was what I did every day. Now that I've been away from the classroom, I'm terrified!... You and a Writers Conference by Eileen Clemens Granfors I had hesitated about attending a Writers' Conference. Now I am hooked!... Ten Reasons by Eileen Clemens Granfors to love my newest book, "Stairs of Sand."... The History of a Title by Eileen Clemens Granfors I taught Shakespeare as a course, both in person and online, for many years. One exercise I used was for kids to find a phrase and use it as a title for a poem or a short story. They would ask, "Give ... Using the Web by Eileen Clemens Granfors Self-promotion is hard, but the results can be worth it.... Ten Reasons to Love (and Buy) Flash Warden by Eileen Clemens Granfors My new anthology, "Flash Warden and Other Stories" is out and available from Amazon. Kindle version, not quite ready yet. A bit of love, a bit of irony, and several bits about a dog.... FLASH and Other short fiction by Eileen Clemens Granfors Don't let the genre fool you.... LA Book Festival: My Day in the Sun by Eileen Clemens Granfors What a great day we had. . . ... Mary Oliver's When Death Comes shared by by Eileen Clemens Granfors A beautiful ode to living life and not fearing death.... Dogs Steal the Show by Eileen Clemens Granfors After several tries, my local paper sent a reporter to interview me about my new book, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead." I was pleased to meet Michelle Sathe, an author in her own right, at S... Discovering ART by Eileen Clemens Granfors I was looking for art for a self-pub book and found something beautiful.... Dickinson's I'm Nobody by Eileen Clemens Granfors A playful poem with a vivid reminder. . . ... RESCUE a Dog by Eileen Clemens Granfors For every person born in the U.S., nine dogs are born and 45 cats. Rescue! Do not buy pet store dogs. If you want a purebred dog, check the AKC for a reputable breeder. ... Help! Photo Permission by Eileen Clemens Granfors This photo came as spam.... Felix Perry's New Book by Eileen Clemens Granfors It will capture your heart!... From John Milton's Paradise Lost by Eileen Clemens Granfors Milton's work is intellectually and morally challenging. To me, this is one of the loneliest passages in human literature. Painting by French artist, Natoire.... A Delight! Warning for Children by Robert Graves posted by by Eileen Clemens Granfors Children of all ages delight in the puzzle pieces of this rhythmic, cryptic poem. Have fun reading it aloud!... When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats posted by by Eileen Clemens Granfors A beautiful poem to the memory of love and youth. Yeats, an Irish poet, loved three different women in his lifetime. Each inspired his poetry in a different way. ... World War I (sonnet by Sassoon) by Eileen Clemens Granfors Siegried Sassoon captures the horrible ironies of war with his depictment of both sides -- humanizing the enemy.... Darkness by Lord Byron by Eileen Clemens Granfors George Gordon, Lord Byron, has been called "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Although his life was sensationalized and he was hounded out of Britain, he remains one of the great voices of the Romanti... Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost posted by Eileen Clemens Granfors Great poetry is like an iceberg. More is found between the lines than in the surface words.... Food Allergies (book review) by Eileen Clemens Granfors My grandson has severe food allergies. He will never know the love of a dog. He's okay with cats though.... My Grandmother's Memories by Eileen Clemens Granfors My mom went out to do interviews with some of the founders of our beach community before time flew by and they and their memories were gone forever. This is some of the oral histories my mom took dow...
News FREE Downloads by Eileen Clemens Granfors Sydney Carton's life reimagined. The years before A Tale of Two Cities.... Free this weekend! by Eileen Clemens Granfors Come see what flash fiction is all about. Stories + prompts.... BURST has published by Eileen Clemens Granfors My newest volume of collected flash fiction, short stories, and memoir shorts is now available on createspace.
Kindle version (with Kindle Prime) takes a bit longer to set up.... Story named as Finalist by Eileen Clemens Granfors A short story I wrote (non-fiction) about life as any army brat has been named as a finalist in "A Cup of Comfort for Military Families."... STAIRS OF SAND Sales-a-pa-looza by Eileen Clemens Granfors I sent out some early reviewer copies and it was worth it.... Web Exposure by Eileen Clemens Granfors "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead" is still popular with readers, maybe more so now that kids are out and have summer reading!... Flash Warden and Other Stories--published! by Eileen Clemens Granfors An anthology of quick reads for busy people.... THIS WEEKEND! by Eileen Clemens Granfors Festival!... Top 500 by Eileen Clemens Granfors Book and reviewing news.... Los Angeles Festival of Books! by Eileen Clemens Granfors I am officially onboard.... AD Book Store by Eileen Clemens Granfors Maybe the glitch is fixed?... New Coverage! by Eileen Clemens Granfors A very thorough interview with our local paper and some great pictures of our daily fest at the dog park!... Numbers are Up! by Eileen Clemens Granfors How I'm marketing my POD book, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead."... Kindle edition by Eileen Clemens Granfors So easy!... Book Published! by Eileen Clemens Granfors At last!... Paperback Revised and Published by Eileen Clemens Granfors The pdf files were killing me, but I think it's right now!... EBOOK White Sheets available by Eileen Clemens Granfors It took me awhile to figure out the program on Lulu, but "White Sheets" can now be downloaded.... White Sheets Pub! by Eileen Clemens Granfors My anthology of light verse and photos is now available from Lulu.com
Please visit my author's page here on authorsden... Lulu in Action by Eileen Clemens Granfors I finally hit the "publish" button!... Poem Chosen! by Eileen Clemens Granfors Finally! It's been a long dry spell.... Vote Now by Eileen Clemens Granfors Editors Unleashed Flash Fiction voting is open.... UCLA Success Stories by Eileen Clemens Granfors My "Success Story" is featured today on UCLA's Writers' Program web site.... Chosen for Anthology by Eileen Clemens Granfors My short story was selected!... Poem to be Published by Eileen Clemens Granfors I took a chance sending a poem. . .... Finalist! by Eileen Clemens Granfors One of my short memoirs has been named a finalist....
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My grandson has autism, and we continue to seek a window to communication with him, for him.
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"Good Old Days" Magazine published my article, "The Golden Oldies of Childhood," in November '07. It is an excerpt from a longer memoir. Two nonfiction pieces of mine were selected to appear in the "Cup of Comfort" anthologies of stories: "For Divorced Women" and "For Military Famlies" to be published in the fall of 2008. I have completed two novels. WOW online magazine, finalist.
Two flash fiction stories have been named finalists by WOW (women online) and I am thinking of publishing an anthology of flash fiction with six-word memoirs interspersed.
My poetry has been accepted by Cradle Songs (an anthology of motherhood); the Ozark Mountaineer, and Poetry Ark. My first independent anthology will be self-published this summeer (2010)--stay tuned!
Important members of my writing progress are poet Yvette Johnson--(see web link below); writer and photographer Caroline McCoy, writer Anna Boorstin, and teacher Eve LaSalle Caram.
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