Eileen Telford


Eileen Telford was born in Utah in 1950 to a large and loving family. Her family loved to read, and trips to the library were frequent and enjoyable. At the age of five, Eileen exclaimed to her mother that she wanted to grow up and write books and stories for children. That wish has come to pass. Eileen is a mother and grandmother and loves to share her stories. Her first work was the result of a continuing bedtime story for her own children: "Gwendolyn, the Emerald Fairy". With their encouragement, she eventually wrote and published that book and others as well. Eileen lives with her family in New Mexico.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town: Farmington, Utah. (It is now very large, but it wasn't when I grew up there.) I am one of ten children -- and I spent much of my time watching my younger siblings. I told them stories every night as they went to sleep. The town is nestled against the mountains. I love the mountains and pastoral scenes. My childhood was simple yet rich in experiences.. My mother told us stories as we rode in the car with her. My dad created great outdoor experiences for us -- ropes tied between trees, ropes for climbing, stilts to walk on, high jumps to keep us from jumping over low fences and into my mother's flower beds. I had a great childhood. My family owned a lot of books and we all learned to read well. We'd take trips to the library and a vacation every year to different parts of the West. Families were large in those days and we had a small tight-knit community. We all went to the same church together for years. Twelve girls and six boys my age all became very good friends. I became their entertainment at parties -- telling jokes and stories, often all night long. My community had a big influence on my writing. I write uplifting, wholesome stories that readers aren't embarrassed to read or share with their children. And I believe in happy endings. As I heard recently, "Everything turns out all right in the end. If things aren't all right, it's not the end."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was Cinderella -- and I hated the artwork. I was six years old, sitting on the library floor in Kaysville, Utah. I told myself, that when I grew up, I would write stories that children loved -- and with pictures they would love as well. I love the story of Cinderella, and that it teaches that good comes from being good. I like happy endings. I don't like the fact that she was so quiet and meek, but that's how women were portrayed in Perault's time. I make my heroes and heroines strong and equal to each other. (My upcoming works "Gwendolyn, the Emerald Fairy" and "The Stone Princess", along with my short stories "The Doll Princess" and "The Princess on the Glass Hill" are proof of this.) I like to draw and have some talent in it, but I have focused on my writing more than my art. My daughter, Jayleen, is my artist for all of my fairy tales. She does beautiful artwork. We're a great team.
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Where to find Eileen Telford online


Gwendolyn, the Emerald Fairy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,380. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
“Oh, intruder. What’s your name?” the dragon asked. “I am known as Gwendolyn, the Emerald Fairy,” she replied. “Gwendolyn? That’s not a fairy name!” he cried. “Well, that’s my name,” she said. “She’s a most unusual fairy, isn’t she?” he remarked. - Gwendolyn, the Emerald Fairy, is on a quest to rescue the mortal prince Kelvin from the enchantments of the wicked fairy Black Opal. Will she succeed?
The Princess Collection Volume 1: The Princess on the Glass Hill and Other Fairy Tale Retellings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,940. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies
New life is breathed into 3 classic fairy tales with fleshed-out characters and heightened suspense. Experience the quest to reach the Princess on the Glass Hill, witness the scheming of Rumpelstiltskin, and feel the dauntless spirit of Cinderella as you’ve never experienced them before. The first volume of The Princess Collection is a must-read for every fan of fairy tales.

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