The ‘Meet the Contributors’ for Issue 88 of Crack the Spine is up, and I’m in it! My story, ‘To Love a Forest Fire’ will be coming out. Feel free to leave comments on it, let me know how you feel about it, both to let me know how I’m doing as an author, and to let the Crack the Spine staff know if you’d want ‘To Love a Forest Fire’ to be included in one of the upcoming ‘Best of’ print anthologies!
A four-star review for the Kindle version of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls:
This unique modernized telling of Beauty and the Beast is very easy to relate to, far more than the classic versions. With a similar tone to many of the novels written by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Elizabeth Rose addresses many of the challenges faced by real people in the world today… once the plot begins to twist and take flight it becomes impossible to put down until the end. The life written into this book by Rose ensures that it will become somewhat of a classic, at least among youth as they struggle to discover themselves and find their own way.
Thank you, Ashlea Kelsey! Click here to read the full review .
As a follow up to his generous review, Frank T. Kryza has written a full-length article about Wanakufa and its relationship to both his memories/first hand knowledge about Kakamega and my own dedication to making a difference with my fiction. Thank you so much for the signal boost, Mr. Kryza!
The first review of my first published short story, Wanakufa, is a five star! Here is what Frank Kryza, author of The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of Gold, has to say about it:
Elizabeth Rose has written a riveting, if stomach tightening, account of a young American missionary’s encounter with third-world health problems in Kakamega, Kenya. Mirrored (I’m guessing) on Elizabeth Rose’s personal experiences in East Africa, the fictional heroine, Julia, is an outgoing, pretty, talented, and very giving high school senior who has journeyed to Kenya to improve the lives of her fellow Roman Catholics living there in near-squalor.
Though she expected (and finds!) all manner of inconvenience and hardship, she did not expect to encounter typhoid, an ancient killer so foreign to the developed world that few, if any, cases are reported in North America today. Whether Elizabeth Rose has taken a ride on this scary roller coaster herself, or whether she has merely done very excellent research, is immaterial. Her narrative grabs you in the first few paragraphs and won’t let you down until the very end.
Having spent five years in Kenya myself, I can attest to the authenticity of Elizabeth Rose’s evocation of that country. Her vision of East Africa, told in clear, tight sentences, rang true to me.
This is fabulous early work by a gifted and promising young writer. Highly recommended. Let’s hope we soon see more from her.
Thank you so much, Mr. Kryza! I can answer that the story does in fact mirror my own experiences in the summer of 2010. It means a lot to have the story read and enjoyed by someone else who has witnessed firsthand the beauty of Kenya for themselves.
Aside from channeling my inner Navi, I’d like to put a little call out to some of my followers who might also be writers: two writing contests, from a publisher who has handled a bit of my own work (my latest short story and the poetry collection under my real name), so essentially a publisher I trust a ton.
The contests are being run through eLectio publishing , a relatively new publisher of Christian-values-friendly material. There’s more about what that means exactly on their website, but its safe to say that you do not need to be Christian, or a Christian writer, to be published through them.
And now for more info on what you need for the contests (the deadline for both is October 15th!) :
2014 C.W. Coats Novel Award Contest
-Previously unpublished work of full-length fiction (so more than 25,000 words)
-Must be submitted electronically
-Prize: Publication in both print and eBook formats, $100 award minimum, with publication slated for the end of the second quarter of 2014.
-Entry fee: $15 per submission, multiple submissions allowed
George and Betty Colton Short Fiction Award Contest
-Previously unpublished work of short fiction (anything under 25,000 words)
-Top three entries will be published electronically by eLectio publishing, first place will win $50, second place will win $30 and third will win $20 (though the award amount may increase due to number of submitters)
-Other short pieces they like, but don’t win, might also be published
-Entry fee: $10 per submission, multiple submissions allowed
Winners are announced January 15th, 2014 (That’s only a 3 month turnaround, so not much of a wait!)
I know I’m going to be entering, so wish me luck- and I hope to hear of all of your entries as well!
My short story, Wanakufa, is now available from eLectio publishing. Download it from their bookstore for .99!
Here’s the blurb:
In the impoverished village of Kakamega, Kenya, seven missionaries from Colorado arrive to dig wells, pray, and share the culture of the indigenous Luhya tribe. Along for the ride is Julia, a senior in high school hoping to leave her own mark on the world through her service in Christ’s name. Little does she know, she will bring more to this trip than she will ever realize.
She is Wanakufa. Dying.
My short story, Wanakufa, has been acquired for electronic publication by eLectio publishing. The story recounts a young girl named Julia attempting to come to terms with falling deathly ill in a foreign country. Facing a crisis of faith in both God and the beauty of men, Julia begins to understand what it means to truly enjoy what could be your last moments. The title, Wanakufa, means ‘Dying’ in Swahili.
I’ll be keeping everyone posted with more details as I get them, but for now, the contract has been signed and the title has been announced as upcoming through the press’ newsletter. You should probably head over to their website now and subscribe to their newsletter, check out some of their other work while waiting for Wanakufa to come out! I’m very honored to be added to their growing list of highly talented authors!