While not exactly an eccentric childhood recluse, I do recall being elated to receive a portable Smith-Corona typewriter for my 10th birthday! Ah, the good old days of ink ribbons and whiteout.
Whether scriptwriting television commercials for my family music business, or implementing multimedia promotions for various bookstores, I have thoroughly appreciated the art of writing and marketing.
I am an Internet Content Writer, editorialist, songwriter, and musician. My true passion, however, is historical fiction like the latest novel "TO SENSE WORTH," and children's books, such as the "NELLIE GREEN the JELLY BEAN" series.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born on the beach (not literally on the beach per se) in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine, Florida but I really grew up all across the southwest in places like Tucson, El Paso, and many other towns in Texas. My father was a wandering soul and was able to raise a family of six kids where ever he laid his hat. Being self employed (a TV repairman) and maybe a bit of a renegade allowed him the liberty to seek whatever lay over the horizon. I think this influenced my writing style early on. I had the distinct impression that we were the only family that lived on the road in that way and I often felt like we were some sort of gypsy clan. Although I had siblings close to my age and we were the best of friends (when we weren't busy being enemies), I relied heavily on my imagination to keep entertained. Even as a kid, writing and drawing were ways to connect something deep inside to the world around me. I learned to relate and communicate to others-- even those I might never meet-- through the imaginative expression that flowed from my mind to my hands.
When did you first start writing?
I would say I first started writing about age 9. I may be showing my age, but I remember receiving a manual typewriter for my tenth birthday. I carried it with me everywhere. I would plunk the keys until the ink ribbon dried up and the I would plunk them harder just to make the words show up on the page.
Nellie Green the Jelly Bean loves Easter! She always wins the Easter egg contest and a huge trophy. But this year, she finds that winning the Easter egg hunt isn't all that it's cracked up to be in "Nellie Green the Jelly Bean - Easter Egg Hunter," Book # 8 in the "NELLIE GREEN THE JELLY BEAN" series.
Trudi and her best friends, twins Becky and Herman Moosehead, race against the clock to outwit an evil genius with a chip on his shoulder in "The Case of the Doggie DNA Duplicating Device" - Book #1 "Trudi Rudibaker, Pre-Teen Private Eye" from EF Clark
Inspired by the spirit of Christmas, "Nellie Green the Jelly Bean" plans a Christmas play at the Jelly Bean Town Hall. But just before the curtain goes up, her spectacular holiday show comes to a cold stop.
Join Nellie Green, Pinky Blinky, Jelly Bean Blue, and Grandpa Jelly Bean Steve as they scramble to fix the problem before it's too late.
Fun with a message for ages 5-12.
Nellie Green the Jelly Bean Book #6
Yellow Belly Jelly Bean . . . he's afraid of everything! Find out how Nellie Green the Jelly Bean helps him overcome and face all his fears. Fun with a message, ages 5-12.
Polka Dot Com loves his gizmos so much he forgot about everything else. Sitting up late in his room hardly blinking at all, JELLY BEAN TOM even forgot to go to sleep! BOOK #5 in "Nellie Green the Jelly Bean" series.
Written & illustrated by EF Clark.
Great for ages 5-12.
ALL NEW illustrations! Pinky Blinky has more things than you've ever seen, in fact more things than she will ever need. So when Pinky borrows Nellie Green the Jelly Bean's favorite earrings and forgets to give them back, their friendship is put to the test.
BOOK #4 NELLIE GREEN the JELLY BEAN series written & illustrated by EF Clark. Great for ages 5-12.
Now with ALL NEW ILLUSTRATIONS! You might say "Hot Head Jelly Bean Red" has an anger management problem. But when his temper tantrum gets him into hot water, Jelly Bean Red has a choice to make.
Book #3 in the "NELLIE GREEN THE JELLY BEAN" series written & illustrated by EF Clark. Great for ages 5-12.
FUN with a Message!
ALL NEW ILLUSTRATIONS!
"It's true, it's true," said "JELLY BEAN BLUE." And so begins his tall tale.
After telling his friends a story that isn't quite true, JELLY BEAN BLUE finds himself in a sticky mess and doesn't know what to do.
BOOK #2 in the series written & illustrated by EF Clark with over 80,000 downloads.
ALL NEW ILLUSTRATIONS! (AGE 5-12) All the other Jelly Beans in Jelly Bean Town were happy, until NELLIE GREEN the JELLY BEAN came along.
Kids will love the story of "Nellie Green the Jelly Bean," and parents will appreciate the lesson of accepting those that may be just a little bit different.
BOOK #1 in the series written & illustrated by EF Clark with over 80,000 downloads.
FUN with a Message!
Orphaned by the devastating earthquake of 1906, a young girl stumbles upon a simple copper coin that will forever change her destiny.
What is it about a seemingly insignificant penny that sustains Elizabeth Sullivan through the most tumultuous events of the 20th century?
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