“I'd rather wear flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck.”
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.
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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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.... Amazon.com
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....
Short Stories Henry Takes His Medicine by Eileen Clemens Granfors A web site is offering the chance to write a story with 26 sentences, each starting with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet. (So a is first) Here's mine.... Book Fetch by Eileen Clemens Granfors A pet's love can help heal human grief. This story was written for a contest in which an animal must narrate. Also, it had to be under 250 words! That's a challenge.... 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.... Balls by Eileen Clemens Granfors 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.... Anniversary 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. . .... Daughter of a Legendary Beauty by Eileen Clemens Granfors So she launched a 1000 ships? The great Helen left her daughter behind.... 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.... Manna 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....
Poetry 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. ... Archipelago 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 ... Weathered 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... BURST 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.... True Love by Eileen Clemens Granfors Some things I believe about love.... Simple Pleasure by Eileen Clemens Granfors I drove past a playground today where the children were joyously swinging.... Ode to Dogs by Gene Hill shared by Eileen Clemens Granfors I found this as I searched for my daily dog Tweet. I couldn't reduce it to 160 characters. I love these thoughts.... 20 Ways to Keep Your Wife as Your Lover by Eileen Clemens Granfors Happy anniversary to us! How we've managed 22 years when we are such opposites is a testament to give-and-take. A short poem, with a nod to Paul Simon's inspiration....
Articles 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. . . ... RESCUE a Dog 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. ...
News 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.... THIS WEEKEND! by Eileen Clemens Granfors Festival!... 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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