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“I think continually of those who were truly great. Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns, Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition Was that their lips, still touched with fire, Should tell of the Spirit, clothed from head to foot in song. And who hoarded from the Spring branches The desires falling across thei


The Marisol trilogy is coming to its final book. THE PINATA-MAKER'S DAUGHTER published summer 2012. The last book, So You, Solimar, is the final book. I am hoping to have it out next summer.

At last I finished the prequel to Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. It is now available on Createspace.com and Amazon. I also have a new collectin of short fiction coming out any day now, BURST.

In 2011,  I published "Stairs of Sand," women's fiction.

My first novel is out, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead."  One of my aunts said, "How did you choose that topic?"  The truth is that I chose to write about a high school girl, and then I needed a reason for her journey to take her back home.  The writing process. . . it amazes me and is often the subject of my poetry.

At a time of intense writer's block for the sequel to my first novel, I collated some of my short stories and flash fiction, added 6-word memoirs and hint fiction, plus a novelette. The volume is called "Flash Warden and Other Short Fiction) is available in Kindle and paperback. I should have a second Flash volume ready for summer, "Apocalypse Tao." I have now combined the best of both into one volume, "BURST."

Books, those I've read and the words I've written, have been my most important bridge to the world, articulating what I have felt but have not spoken and helping me to understand the lives of others. 

My father served in WWII on the carrier Enterprise, and joined the army after the war. I was an army brat.  Before I was a one year old, we left for Germany, where my father was the commander of a brigade escorting the trains between Germany and the American sector of Berlin.  We lived in Kassel and Frankfurt.  Returning to the U.S., we moved to my mom's home town, the most southwesterly city in the U.S, Imperial Beach, California. My mom loved the outdoors and most of all, the ocean.  She could body surf with the best of them, clear into her seventies!

It is at the center of my writing, this little town of Imperial Beach (fondly known as IB). For a different look at it, the town is featured in "Tijuana Straits" by Kem Nunn. I lived there long before drugs and violence hit the outer reaches.

Many of my memoir stories and the novel-in-progress are set in Imperial Beach and the San Diego area, which will always be home to me. I left San Diego for UCLA and never lived "down south" full-time again.

Majoring in English at UCLA was a dream come true for me. . . I was going to get college credit for READING as much of the great literature of the world as the curriculum could require and then some, as I read in my free time too.  And as I taught, I learned of more authors and more books, poems, essays. . .things I continue to think of and quote to myself even now. 

Favorite authors?  I would say poet, William Blake; poet, Mary Oliver; novelists Nina Revoyr (Southland, The Age of Dreaming); Margaret Atwood (The Year of the Flood); Susan Kenney (Sailing); JonEllen Heckler (Safekeeping); Mary Lawson (The Other Side of the Bridge); Steve Pressman (The Afghan Campaign and Gates of Fire); Cecilia Brainard (When The Rainbow Goddess Slept); and Eve LaSalle Caram (The Blue Geography); Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants)., Madeline Miller, (The Song of Achilles). Check my listmanias on Amazon under "Eileen Granfors" .  I must have 1000 more books to list.

I also recommend goodreads.com, shelfari.com, Shewrites.com, and MY BLOG:

www.eileengranfors.blogspot.com (Word Joy)

When I remarried, I think I married Daniel Boone.  He worked in Alaska and Dinky Creek, CA, and is bristling that we have neighbors near our retirement home in Galena, MO. (We didn't know they were THAT close until we saw a plane's view photo of the house). Our home always includes dogs from rescue groups--we have down-sized from labradors (after Pete and Clayton died) to smaller, crazier breeds, a cockerpoo and a terrier mix.

I taught high school senior English until I realized that I had more homework (grading papers) than my students did and finally said, "Hey--it's time to LIVE!

I was involved in the UCLA Writers' Program, which I loved. I have used writing as my voice in the wilderness since I was about seven. As Annie Lamott said in "Bird by Bird," a writer is often the good, quiet child, watching from the sidelines, observing and remembering. So it was with me.

My husband and I plan moved to the Ozarks in January. I often visited our Missouri home for the solitude it provides for thinking and writing. We are glad  to have moved out of LA madness. And we will have the advantage of being nearer to our daughters in Raleigh, NC, and son and family in Arizona.

I am in love with books and have to divide my day into house chores, time to write and time to read.  And then there is dog time too. . .and always, time for my Daniel Boone, Patrick.--unless he starts playing his electric guitar too loud or turns on the Van Halen full blast!

Patrick and I have finally retired to our house in the woods overlooking Table Rock Lake. We love retirement.




Birth Place: New Orleans, LA 

Accomplishments: I am writing full time. I help judge ABNA each winter and review for Amazon Vine. Otherwise, I'm writing! See my blog for reviewing guidelines, especially self-pub authors. I am almost always willing to review, depending on genre.


Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Marisol faces the challenge to return home in time for her father's ceremonies on the Day of the Dead....

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The Pinata-Maker's Daughter by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Scholarly Carmen Principia jumps into college unprepared socially. First, there's her weird roommate. And the men! Radical protester, Franco, who shares her Hispanic heritage, or frat rat Joe, who makes her laugh? Follow her adventures, some hilarious, some heartbreaking....

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A short compilation of poems written for and about family ties....


Sydney's Story by Eileen Clemens Granfors
The story behind the morose hero of A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney's Story is a book I promised my students that I would write. And now I have! Available in paperback or Kindle....


Stairs of Sand by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Suzann (Zoozle)Zimmerman and her mother might as well be from different planets, for they have no emotional connection. A close look at dysfunctional families and Borderline Personality Disorder, "Stairs of Sand," is a funny, fast-paced, realistic portrait of a perfectionist mother and a free-spirited daughter....


KINDLE edition by Eileen Clemens Granfors
It was easy!...


Paperback is Now Available by Eileen Clemens Granfors
An optimistic look at life's changes....


White Sheets by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Light verse and photos about life, love, and DOGS....

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Short Stories

Games of the Gods
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A little bit of mischief-making...

Tessa's Wish
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A little girl in a big world with no one to love, wishing for her mother....

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A stern father, a liberal daughter, and tennis lessons....

The Luck of Fifica Faa
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
An excerpt from Sydney's Story, a prequel to A Tale of Two Cities. Sydney went to law school in Paris, and thus, a Parisian setting....

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
When one is going to college and one is not, what's happens to first love?...

Quality Time
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A fictionalized look at life with Major Dad. It has been a year since he lost his fight with cancer. I miss him more than I expected I would. He taught me a lot about life and rules and a particular k...

Shave and a Haircut
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A grandpa who connects with the family rebel through unconditional love. This story is part of my novel, Stairs of Sand....

Surf Mama
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A unique mother-child relationship...

Flash Fiction: Death of the Dauphin by Alphonse Daudet presented
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
This is one of the earliest examples of flash fiction, a story of fewer than 1000 words. This one has 539 and really packs a punch. All those people fighting for money and power. . .a great story to ...

Old School (Days), Part II
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
The upper grades held all kinds of new competition. . ....

Camping Sans Winnebago
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Camping would make us appreciate the simple life, our parents said. And we kids thought it was all great fun....

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
How far would Sheila go to divert her husband's attention back to herself? She's acting a little crazy. . . ...

Old School (Days)
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I loved school. . .all my life....

The Old Candy Shoppe and Other Saturday Delights
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Our allowance (25 cents) meant big decisions on Saturday....

My Friend, Ta
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Japanese boys in our little California town were as rare as snow, but we shared more than the fence between our yards....


Again on Mama's Birthday
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My mother, my icon, got sick and died before we had a clue we were going to lose her. Only the good die young. She was 73. Pic: 1960, I was 10. She was 33....

Joy Above
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My beautiful aunt died on Valentine's Day. I know she is among the angels now....

My Happy Place
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
When I write or talk to writers, the problems of the world can be solved at least for a little while....

Not Qualified?
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I am not a fan of the new parenting....

Behind the Smile
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
This picture was taken two days after my mother left the family for another man, leaving behind for 6 weeks, broken hearts and fear. Please remember that writers (not reporters) enjoy the privilege of...

Sonnet to Home
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Feeling homesick as the holidays approach. A poem in the manner of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's, "How do I love thee, let me count the ways."...

Death of Maya Angelou
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Her profound observations of human life were born of both joy and suffering. She will be missed. Her poem, printed below....

Joyful Thoughts
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Sometimes when my writing isn't coming along, I read poetry to see what strikes me. Here is a joyful poem from modern poet, Mary Oliver. Picture by Tony Armstrong, UK. Used w/permission....

World War I Poet, Wilfred Owen, a short analysis
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Owen died 7 days before World War I ended. His poetry shocked the world with its graphic imagery of death and the terrible emotional pain inflicted by war....

W.H. Auden's AS I WALKED OUT ONE EVENING presented
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I used this poem to jump start a flash fiction story. Auden's poetry is often about death, but this one is so much more....

Sainthood Denied
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
You Old Time Densters know what I mean. Happy birthday, Patrick...

The Odd Couple
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Time goes by. a poem of lovers observed but unknown to me....

Morning Epiphany
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Learning new ways of life after years of conditioned non-response. Picture from dreamstime....

A Pilgrim Soul
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
We have moved, at last, from noisy, frenetic Los Angeles to our little house in the woods in Missouri. Picture by Patrick Granfors....

September Moves On
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My favorite month is over....

Fall in California
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Southern California does not have a normal climate. ...

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Hemingway's term, "the human archipelago" ...

Alas, Poor Yorick
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Thinking of the people I know who chase happiness....

Home Thoughts
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
This is the opening to The Pinata-Maker's Daughter (novel) restructured as a poem. The picture is called "Mother's Day." Donna Dickson, a painter in San Miguel de Allende, graciously allowed me ...

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Sometimes, the well goes dry....

The Labrador Retriever
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Another for my anthology for children (and anyone who reads to kids or loves dogs!) about breeds of dogs....

Lighten Up
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Grumpy morning turns better...

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A poem for the Foreword of my new anthology of flash fiction, BURST....

Dream House
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."...

Death's Door
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My father is dying. He is not going "gently into that good night." (Dylan Thomas). I like Leif Enger's description, "He died as if he was catching a train." Would that it could be so....


Always a Good Time for Yeats
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
WB. Yeats, one of the 20th century's finest poets was also known for his eccentric views on religion and politics. I love this poem for how skillfully Yeats creates the nostalgia of years past and the...

A Boy Who Went to War
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
The Vietnam War touched the soldiers, the politicians, world power perceptions and the families who waited at home....

Wiflred Owen. World War I Poet
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Owen's poems reflect the depth of psychic pain he felt during his service in World War I. He died 7 days before the Armistice ended the war....

Audio Book Recruiting
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Are you a good reader (outloud)?...

Who's That Author?
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
What we all know. . . ...

FREE days
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
If you're wondering what the fuss is about flash fiction, I have some of the first flash stories here--Death of the Dauphin by Alphonse Daudet. 1840...

Promo Your Indie
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
What I have learned this year. . . ...

Public Reading
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I taught literature for 34 years, so reading aloud was what I did every day. Now that I've been away from the classroom, I'm terrified!...

You and a Writers Conference
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I had hesitated about attending a Writers' Conference. Now I am hooked!...

Ten Reasons
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
to love my newest book, "Stairs of Sand."...

The History of a Title
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I taught Shakespeare as a course, both in person and online, for many years. One exercise I used was for kids to find a phrase and use it as a title for a poem or a short story. They would ask, "Give ...

Using the Web
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Self-promotion is hard, but the results can be worth it....

Ten Reasons to Love (and Buy) Flash Warden
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My new anthology, "Flash Warden and Other Stories" is out and available from Amazon. Kindle version, not quite ready yet. A bit of love, a bit of irony, and several bits about a dog....

FLASH and Other short fiction
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Don't let the genre fool you....

LA Book Festival: My Day in the Sun
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
What a great day we had. . . ...

Mary Oliver's When Death Comes shared by
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A beautiful ode to living life and not fearing death....

Dogs Steal the Show
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
After several tries, my local paper sent a reporter to interview me about my new book, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead." I was pleased to meet Michelle Sathe, an author in her own right, at S...

Discovering ART
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I was looking for art for a self-pub book and found something beautiful....

Dickinson's I'm Nobody
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A playful poem with a vivid reminder. . . ...

 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
For every person born in the U.S., nine dogs are born and 45 cats. Rescue! Do not buy pet store dogs. If you want a purebred dog, check the AKC for a reputable breeder. ...

Help! Photo Permission
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
This photo came as spam....

Felix Perry's New Book
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
It will capture your heart!...

From John Milton's Paradise Lost
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Milton's work is intellectually and morally challenging. To me, this is one of the loneliest passages in human literature. Painting by French artist, Natoire....

A Delight! Warning for Children by Robert Graves posted by
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Children of all ages delight in the puzzle pieces of this rhythmic, cryptic poem. Have fun reading it aloud!...

When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats posted by
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A beautiful poem to the memory of love and youth. Yeats, an Irish poet, loved three different women in his lifetime. Each inspired his poetry in a different way. ...


New Film, My Book's Connection
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Jorge R. Gutierrez, director of MILK and Y Tu Mama Tambien, has a new work about to be released, THE BOOK OF LIFE. It is a film of love and friendship. It is a great tie-in to my title listed below....

FREE Kindle Days
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
For El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead....

Funny Blog Features Me
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Robbie Cox is a social media guy, who is willing to help you promote your work....

#1 in a Category?
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I think we know it's a numbers game....

Kindle The Pinata Maker's Daughter
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My tech team rocks!...

FREE Downloads
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Sydney Carton's life reimagined. The years before A Tale of Two Cities....

Free this weekend!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Come see what flash fiction is all about. Stories + prompts....

BURST has published
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My newest volume of collected flash fiction, short stories, and memoir shorts is now available on createspace. Kindle version (with Kindle Prime) takes a bit longer to set up....

Story named as Finalist
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A short story I wrote (non-fiction) about life as any army brat has been named as a finalist in "A Cup of Comfort for Military Families."...

STAIRS OF SAND Sales-a-pa-looza
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I sent out some early reviewer copies and it was worth it....

Web Exposure
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
"Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead" is still popular with readers, maybe more so now that kids are out and have summer reading!...

Flash Warden and Other Stories--published!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
An anthology of quick reads for busy people....

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Top 500
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Book and reviewing news....

Los Angeles Festival of Books!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I am officially onboard....

AD Book Store
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Maybe the glitch is fixed?...

New Coverage!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A very thorough interview with our local paper and some great pictures of our daily fest at the dog park!...

Numbers are Up!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
How I'm marketing my POD book, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead."...

Kindle edition
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
So easy!...

Book Published!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
At last!...

Paperback Revised and Published
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
The pdf files were killing me, but I think it's right now!...

EBOOK White Sheets available
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
It took me awhile to figure out the program on Lulu, but "White Sheets" can now be downloaded....

White Sheets Pub!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
My anthology of light verse and photos is now available from Lulu.com Please visit my author's page here on authorsden...

Lulu in Action
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I finally hit the "publish" button!...

Poem Chosen!
 by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Finally! It's been a long dry spell....


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"Good Old Days" Magazine published my article, "The Golden Oldies of Childhood," in November '07. It is an excerpt from a longer memoir. Two nonfiction pieces of mine were selected to appear in the "Cup of Comfort" anthologies of stories: "For Divorced Women" and "For Military Famlies" to be published in the fall of 2008. I have completed two novels. WOW online magazine, finalist. Two flash fiction stories have been named finalists by WOW (women online) and I am thinking of publishing an anthology of flash fiction with six-word memoirs interspersed. My poetry has been accepted by Cradle Songs (an anthology of motherhood); the Ozark Mountaineer, and Poetry Ark. My first independent anthology will be self-published this summeer (2010)--stay tuned! Important members of my writing progress are poet Yvette Johnson--(see web link below); writer and photographer Caroline McCoy, writer Anna Boorstin, and teacher Eve LaSalle Caram.

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