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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 Aug. 02, 2013 :
My 7-year-old, 3-year-old and I read this book and really enjoyed it. Here is my 7-year-old's review, in her own words, of "Not a sound, not a peep."
"My favorite is when the bear really did protect the room. It made me sad when she had a nightmare. I like the part when the bear protected the room, and the light shining in her room."
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 11, 2013 :
Being a retired teacher, I am always eager to discover new children's books for my own grandson. What a lovely, lilting goodnight story. I'm eager to read this to my little grandson who will surely enjoy it and urge me to read it again and again. Sure to be a favorite among little ones who will admire the pen and ink drawings as much as I did. It's just the right length for young attention spans. Simply adorable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 02, 2013 :
Nice short little bedtime story with illustrations and simple rhyming cadence very young children should love. This is a nice tool for that special time of childhood when every child just knows it is not safe to be in the dark, at least not safe enough to go to sleep! Cleverly done and richly illustrated, back this book up with a few props like a teddy bear and perhaps a toy angel or figurine and you are well on the way to putting your child's fears around bedtime in the past. I'd say this book is for preschool ages 2 to five or six. Excellent.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 04, 2012 :
This is the perfect short story picture book for Moms and Dads who have young children who are afraid of the dark and have a hard time getting them to sleep -- If you loved the short rhyming stories when you were a kid -- then you and your child will love this rhyme story -- a story of how the bear and the fairy -- are "The Protectors" of young children who are frightened of being in the dark.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2012 :
A short story written in narrative verse. The author has found a lovely way of explaining to children not to be frightened of the dark. Being a mother myself this is an experience shared and related to, which was enjoyed and easily understood by my children.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)