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Knowing me as a writer and author is like cracking an egg’s shell in the air and wondering how far the splatter will spread. Wait, that’s kind of like knowing me as a person. I’m like all over the board and always working on three to five projects at a time. I have no favorite spots to work and my view tends to be pointed at the keyboard. When an idea comes into my head I just flow with it. I haven’t been able to conform my writing to any specific pattern. I am more than often working on one story and the characters from another will just be dying to get my attention and I have to go into their world.
I tend to write in various genres from fiction to picture books. Using pen (same one for the past eleven years) and paper, laptop and as a newly favorite the word program on my cell phone. I have found I can write anywhere with that little contraption and my focus is intent. Has to be with those tiny keys, right? And then I just email to myself and copy past into my manuscript.
Before becoming a self-published author I followed the rules. Wrote outlines, character back stories, did the word counting, queries and everything. I even had an agent once. Unfortunately he was a horrible choice. Directed me away from Ballantine books (wish I would have known who they were then) who wanted The Perfect Solution and straight into the corrupt hands of Publish America. What a crock. After that fiasco I was so humiliated I couldn’t write. Fought and had my rights returned and now, I am back. I tried the querying again, but became frustrated when it seems the agents’ rules are so varied, too confusing for me. Not to mention the rejection letters can be soul crushing. I received a lot of positive reviews for The Perfect Solution when it was first published and yet when I began querying one agent informed me no one would like the book and yet it deals with negligence in the child care system. So, off I ran on my own. I have recently put three novels, three picture books and a creative non-fiction book into the Amazon and Smashwords systems. I think e-publishing is one of the greatest inventions God has given to the world. I would advise any author to go that route when they have something they feel strongly about.
I have worked in the childcare profession for over thirty years, and was bound to Sam. I us those experiences to write novels which have gained the attention of parents, parents-to-be, child care professionals and discerning readers.
I thinks of myself as a caged in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending ebooks, an occasional step-in parent, a fountain of knowledge, and ready to share.
As a writer I have had an essay in Essence magazine, several articles printed in the local paper and magazines.
Oh, and to let you know I do have a stable life….I am the (always single) mother of three daughters who are all grown now. I home schooled them on a string and a prayer. Though it may seem as if I am a bit scattered brained I was able to school them into college by the age of seventeen and sixteen. The two eldest have graduated, yeah! I am the drooling proud ‘Lovey’ of a baby boy named Jett Parker Ellington and that’s me and my writing life in a nutshell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for History buffs!, June 8, 2011
bookmom -This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)
Beads on a String is an approachable, conversational, and interactive history of diversity in America. Instead of a melting pot, Ey Wade envisions the country as a piece of jewelry where the contributions of all of the people who have immigrated here from all over the world add to the beauty of our society. It honors all of the peoples that contributed to this country in a nicely balanced way. Designed as a resource for students it suits the classroom or homeschool classroom but also is an enjoyable read for armchair historians and fans of the History Channel. It's a must read for history lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read In So Many Ways, June 2, 2011
Jonathan Ellis "This works." (New York, New York)
This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)
I just finished Beads on A String and in all sincerity I have to say it is a work of subtle genius. Several years back I read one of the most unusual history books ever written, "The Peoples' History of the United States." Anyone who has read that revelation of history as events that really happened, as opposed to events as reported by those who were left holding the most power, will see a similar sort of understanding in this amazing work by Ey Wade. An alternative title for her work could well be, "A History of the People of the United States. I can give this work no higher compliment.
I was consistently fascinated by unexpected connections, accomplishments and contributions being added to the ongoing tapestry of our country by so many people from so many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, that I simply couldn't put the book down. If I could ask for anything more, it would literally be just that...more.
This is the story of the heroes of our collective past. What is incredibly moving is that so many of these heroes have gone unsung for so long.
I can gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical journey of the land we live in. Beyond that, I can just as easily recommend it to anyone who just likes a great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Solution -Isn't!, February 8, 2011
Patricia Hardy "patticake 545" (New Orleans,LA USA)
This review is from: The Perfect Solution-A suspense of choices (Kindle Edition)
The story dealing with the abduction of a pre-K student from a day care center shows the necessity for more stringent safety measures to be applied to all day care centers. The characters are sympathetically protrayed and you do feel concern for their perdicament, but you just wanted to shake the people who ran the day care center and ask "What were you thinking"
I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy a well-paced suspense story.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read !!!!, May 2, 2011
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This review is from: THE FISHING TRIP-A TRIAL BY WATER, EXECUTION AND A DELIVERANCE OF RETRIBUTION (Kindle Edition)
Ms Wade, has shown the mastery that she truly has in the writing, construction, and execution of this book. It tells of how once you are something, no matter how well you try to mask yourself, the truth will ALWAYS rear its ugly head.
The jumping back and forth works perfectly, as does all of the situations Ms Wade has created.
I would highly recomend this book as a must read.
I was unable to put it down, and felt a part of the story imbedding itself into me.
100% perfect !!!!
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
Being not an ordinary story in any way, I found it quite rewarding to just go with this highly unique style. The final chapters are gripping and I found it impossible to put it down. I am not sure I would have been that invested in the outcome if I had not come to know all the characters, their way of thinking, and something about their history. Being such an unusual book, I scanned every review of it after finishing it. I did see and appreciate many of the more critical comments, but nothing I read detracted from my first instinct about the book which was I was reading something very unusual and important. The book could use a little more polish in a few places and yes the momentum does slow in places due to extensive dialog. But I think it is a unique and rare thing to find such an original style that it really didn't detract from my enjoyment of this thought provoking book. Recently, there was a case very much like this in not one of our daycare centers, but a private charter elementary school. Perhaps that makes me somewhat bias toward this fiction work, I know that real life is often stranger than fiction.
The Perfect Solution is a childcare center which, as the name might suggest, seems too good to be true on the surface and it is. There are flaws in what seems like a perfect daycare setting for preschool kids. The book has a terrifying premise and hopefully will cause concerned parents to ask a lot of questions about the daycare service providers who they place so much trust in.
This book is also about deeply flawed, but basically good people put in awful situations, in many cases because of choices that they have made. The story uses a lot of nonlinear time lines to give the back stories of the characters a closer examination. This is a careful balance to attempt in a suspense novel where we want to keep up with the action as it happens. On the other hand, we need to know these characters to be really invested in the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 19, 2012 :
This was the first book I read by Ms. Wade. I really enjoyed the storyline and felt that the story was real. I sympathized with Catrine, and felt the same anxiety she felt in having her child kidnapped. Even though I never actually experienced that situation, it was one of my biggest fears when my daughter was that age. The story also raised the awareness of mental illness and situations that one who is suffering from the illness may experience. I am late in writing this review on smashwords, but wrote one on amazon.
I also read her book of short stories "When One Door Closes" and really enjoyed the follow-up story of Brhin as an adult. KUDOS to you Ms. Wade!!!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2011 :
I found this story to be very interesting as I was a daycare teacher for a few years myself for 2-3 year olds! Three and a half year old Brhin gets stolen from a daycare that seemed to be a fantastic place to be at on its looks but it really depends on the staffing if a daycare is any good. A lady who was abused as a child steals him away from the new substitute teacher and the police call in his father as a possible suspect who never even knew he had a son! The story goes from there with dealing with the complications this all creates! I enjoyed reading this story even though there were just a few misspellings that might have been done by the formatting. Looking forward to reading more of Ey Wade's books!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
This was an intense read. I found my heart beating from chapter one to the ending chapter. I recommend this book for parents to read. It was a quiet a startling book about how badly things can go wrong if you or the caregivers of children aren't alert about safety issues concerning children. I was appalled at the mistakes that were made by the school staff, and asked,"Could this really happen?" And the answer is yes. Ey Wade is a talented author and I definitely will be reading more of her work and expecting more good works from her.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)