E.L. Cyrs


Author E.L. Cyrs is a world traveled, award-winning, professional presenter and speaker with more than 22 years of experience. Although a passionate memoirist, writing short stories is what assuages his restless creative spirit. He has received a host of accolades over the decades during his career as a folklorist, musician, activist and mentor.

Cyrs has presented in hundreds of public/private institutions, schools, conferences and festivals across the globe. He is a recipient of California’s State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for his commitment to community and working with troubled teens.

The city in which he resides, Long Beach California, recognized him as the municipality’s Artist of the Year, an award presented by the Mayor. Additionally, he has been honored with commendations from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing, for me anyway, is probably the depth at which I am able to be inside of my own head. Some might call it meditation, others introspection but what I feel when I am in my "writing-head" is a sense of peace and purpose. Unless you are an avid reader, creative or someone who immerses themselves in a craft, this might be a difficult concept to grasp.
What do your fans mean to you?
I prefer the term reader to fan. The word fan sounds somewhat sycophantic to me. The word reader puts others on a level playing field with me as a writer. As far as what I think of those who read my books, I am honored and never take for granted the time someone is offering me in reading my book. Time is the greatest gift and when people use a little of theirs to read something Iv'e written, then I should be the one who is grateful.
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Road of Ash and Dust
Quote from the book "Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa."


Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Social Science » Black studies (global)
Unaware that hunger, sickness and deprivation were awaiting him, a young idealist leaves the United States and embarks on a spiritual journey to West Africa. Repeatedly challenged by a world beyond his understanding and thrown into harsh, critical self-reflections, he is repulsed by the image of himself that Africa forces him to confront.

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