Thursday, March 21, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Keith Steinbaum Finds Ideas Worth Exploring

The Write Way Café welcomes Keith Steinbaum, an author who sees opportunities in challenges.


When did you first have the thought you'd like to write a book?
     I believe I’ll remember the moment for the rest of my life. I had just left the movie theatre with my daughter after seeing a Mel Gibson movie called ‘Signs’ about an alien invasion of planet Earth. The basic premise was how all countries needed to work together for the survival of mankind. For a period of time before that, perhaps a couple of years, there had been an idea brewing in my brain that touched on one concept, albeit much different, about another kind of invasion that also entailed adversaries needing to come together for their own mutual survival. To me, however, up to that time, I just thought of it as my imagination doing its thing. So as I waited on the corner for my daughter to finish looking at the posters of upcoming films, a sudden feeling came over me that I’d never had and haven’t had since. It was a sense of complete assuredness and, consequently, tranquility, about the desire to write a story. I went home, cancelled a night class on landscape design at a local university and signed up for a creative writing class instead. I started my first book in that class and eventually finished long after that class, and a second one from the same teacher, had ended.

What was your path to getting You Say Goodbye written and published? What type of research did you do?
     You know how in different places of worship there’s always a Sunday sermon delivered? When it came to writing You Say Goodbye, I may as well have been on a pulpit because Sunday was almost literally the one day of the week that I spent writing the story. I still have a full time job and between lack of time during the day and fatigue at night, the Monday through Friday grind prevented any quality creative ability. As for Saturday, that was the one day of the week that I could spend quality personal time with my wife and enjoying social activities with friends. So that left Sunday. The story remained in my thoughts, of course, and like a car that’s only driven a single day of the week, once I started the motor and settled into my seat, it felt like I had never left and away I went on my Sunday ‘drive.’
     I’m very grateful to Lauri Wellington, the Acquisitions Editor at Black Opal Books, for offering me a contract. When I read her acceptance email it took awhile to peel me down from the ceiling. Ironically, I received another contract offer from another company that same week but as it turns out I’m very happy with my decision and the association I’ve cultivated with all the wonderful staff and fellow authors at Black Opal Books.
     In regards to research, as much as I feel that I know about rock ‘n roll history, I still needed to read in detail about certain groups and events that happened to them along the way. I also have some information I discuss about cancer so I spoke to an oncologist friend about certain possible scenarios and terminology and then sent him those portions of the story I’d written relating to our discussion to see if they were viable. There was also time spent studying certain handguns and security cameras until I found the right choices for the story.

Where did the idea for You Say Goodbye come from?
     Perhaps if someone reading this interview also read the one we did in September, they may recall the story about my original inspiration behind You Say Goodbye. One morning while perusing the L.A. Times, I turned to the obituary section and immediately spotted a photo of a sweet looking young girl selling lemonade. Her name was Alexandra Scott, and before she died at the age of eight, her ‘Alex’s Lemonade Stand’ that started on the front yard of her home to raise money for childhood cancer had not only become a charitable foundation in all fifty states, but in Canada and France as well. I cut out that photo and taped it on my office wall to remind me about perspective. Months later, after looking, and, yes, even talking to that picture, an idea came to me about another character vastly different yet relatable in certain ways to many of us. Finally, I devised an idea to incorporate these two types of personalities within the larger framework of a murder mystery. As with my first novel that offers much more than just the main theme of supernatural revenge, this one is a big picture item beyond the murder mystery, also offering another story within a story dealing with intertwining relationships of the characters. Character driven novels are the ones I find most engaging and how I try to pattern my own stories.

Why did you pick the setting you did?
     I grew up in Los Angeles, so it came as a natural inclination in both novels to stick to what I know best. But that being said, as long as enough research is done with any location, coupled with creative imagination, writers can certainly offer believable reality to whatever setting they choose. This has been done in countless books and perhaps I’ll write a novel one day that takes place somewhere I’ve never been, whether here on Earth, out in space, or in an imaginary world.

Are your main characters completely imaginary or do they have some basis in real people? Do they reflect aspects of yourself? 
     As I referenced in my answer to the previous question, one of my principal characters was inspired by the story I read about Alexandra Scott. There is a young girl in my story with cancer and many of my thoughts about how she behaved, my physical descriptions of her, and the dialogue she spoke can be attributed to the photo of Alexandra that I looked at often while maintaining that untethered imagination to give her the freedom to be who she is.
     The protagonist starts off as a bitter ex-rock star that complains a lot and feels his best days are behind him. I obviously was never a rock star but I did try for many years to make a successful career in the music business as a song lyricist. I had songs recorded but failed in my attempt to do much more than make a few dollars until I finally realized it wasn’t meant to be. I went through some tough times emotionally during and after that period, and was guilty of feeling sorry for myself a little too often, so I did use some of those memories as fuel for my protagonist’s initial behavior.

Did you face any blocks while writing the book, and if so, how did you handle them?
     Maybe writer’s block doesn’t happen with many lyrics that are written (didn’t McCartney say that he wrote ‘Yesterday’ in 15 minutes?), but when it comes to writing a story I would think it occurs to most authors. Perhaps if I had a publisher’s deadline I had to meet I’d feel differently, but when I’m asked about it, at least for me, what kept it to a minimum was the understanding that this fictional world I created was all of my own making and offered me a chance to live in the alternate reality of my imagination. That’s a real turn on for me as a writer and I embraced that opportunity. Now that I think about it, because I wrote 99% of the book only on Sundays for the years it took to complete, I don’t think I gave myself a chance to experience writer’s block. That’s one solution but I sure don’t recommend it.

What have been surprises you've encountered while writing You Say Goodbye and after?
     Two come to mind. Perhaps I should have known about this and not have it come as a surprise, but it wasn’t until I completed the novel and had it reviewed by an editor (before I was offered a contract), that I learned of the potential legal problems I’d face by including lyrics from songs without the publisher’s permission. This could have been a disastrous situation because there are several key moments in various parts of the story where my protagonist experiences events that bring to mind song lyrics related to what’s occurring. As it turned out, that information was the best thing that could have happened to me as the author. After the initial 3 minutes of panic subsided, that proverbial light bulb went on over my head and I decided to write my own damn lyrics. I was a song lyricist for over ten years so this was a challenge that I welcomed and those passages are better because of my personal connection to them. The second surprise was the realization that I could actually write a murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing. In other words, I surprised myself. There was a part of me that wondered if I could pull it off, but once that first editor told me that she thought it was a particular character for most of the story until realizing that it could be others as well in the later stages of the book, I clenched my fist in an ‘I did it’ moment of triumph.

What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about rock musicians and serial killers?
     I’ll answer the second half of your question first. For any of us who grew up listening to rock music and following the various groups, there aren’t many more things to learn about when it comes to sex, drugs, and their music. Yes, I did research on certain rock musicians to implement dialogue ideas pertaining to history and to accommodate my storyline, but nothing new truly worth noting. Regarding serial killers, I hadn’t known that it’s generally the press who gives them their nicknames, not the police. So I went online and looked up various serial killer names to get a sense of what wouldn’t just be realistic had someone like my character actually existed, but also ‘sensational’ which is reflective of the way the press often is. To have the much beloved Beatles associated in any way with a serial killer might be slanderous to many, but that’s exactly why I did it because my sense is the press would be the first to jump at this kind of name opportunity, therefore making the name quite believable.
     The main thing I learned about myself is that I was capable of writing a second book under the uncommon circumstance I faced. I don’t mean to infer that I thought one book was all I had in me, rather it’s what’s entailed in the process of writing a novel length story that I questioned because of the barrier I encountered over lack of time each week to complete the journey. When I wrote my first book, as with now, I had a full time job, but that particular effort was fueled by emotional forces that don’t exist now, impelling me to work all hours of the day and night with work often being overridden by my drive to finish the story. But while writing my second novel, I now dealt with additional responsibilities at work that I didn’t have before, so it mainly became that one-day per week effort that I described in an earlier answer. I looked forward to those moments of writing on Sundays and returning to the world of my characters, but it was a highly challenging commitment to complete. But I did it, and I learned about the value of believing in myself and my commitment despite the demons of doubt that occasionally rear their ugly heads inside my own.

Tell us about your writing space and how or why it works for you.
     For my first novel, The Poe Consequence, I wrote in my home office, in my backyard, in the building garage where I work, at various parks, on assorted residential street sides, and probably other locations that I’ve forgotten about. There was even a time that I was on a job site at a condo during a lunch break, and while immersed in one of those great creative zones that authors live for, I ran out of power on my laptop. Having befriended one of the condo owners, I knocked on her door and asked if I could plug the laptop into one of her outlets in order to finish a very important scene. That was book one…
     As I’ve mentioned, my second novel, You Say Goodbye, was mainly a Sunday venture and that meant either in my home office or backyard. Both locations offer me the focus and solitude I require to transfer the play occurring in my mind into the written word on my computer. Stephen King once said that all you have to do is “kind of take dictation from something inside.” That man is in a league shared by few others as far as prolificacy, but that idea is a model to follow and for me, that ‘something inside’ needs as much quiet as possible in order for me to take that dictation.

What are some of your favorite books and why?
     I think it’s safe to assume that the Write Way Café is a site whose audience is comprised of people who love to read, and that probably means a multitude of books over a great number of years. I’m no different, so this question is a tough one to answer because like many who follow your website, I’ve probably read many hundreds of books and how am I supposed to narrow it down to my favorites? That said, one book that has to be mentioned is Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation Trilogy, which was the catalyst for beginning my love affair with good books. He transported me into another time and place that fascinated and mesmerized this (then) teenaged kid. There were the dark classics that were ahead-of-their-time commentaries on the psychology of human behavior - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and two books by H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man and The Island of Dr. Moreau. I’m a big Pat Conroy fan, but if I were to choose one it would be Lords of Discipline. Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire is one of the most original concepts I’ve ever come across, as is Stephen King’s The Stand. Another author who I like a lot, having read all of his books, is Dennis Lehane. And like my Conroy options, if I had to choose one of Lehane’s books it would be The Given Day. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and that one is fantastic. Although I don’t seek out Western novels, another book that I want to include here because it would certainly make my top five is Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. In addition to a great multifaceted story, his numerous characters are so well developed and fully dimensional in their humanity both good and bad that it’s not only a magnificent reading adventure but the ultimate lesson on character development. The last one I’ll mention is a book I recently finished – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Not only does this World War II story about a town in Nazi occupied France continually punch you in the gut, but her descriptive writing of raw, naked emotions continually left me shaking my head in ‘I am not worthy’ admiration.

What are you working on next?
     For those who aren’t too young to be familiar with the group The Moody Blues, there’s a song of theirs titled, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” and that’s how I feel about my next idea. Right now, I don’t have something that’s put its hooks in me, but my antenna is always up for the next enlightening moment that will inspire me to make a move or at least start me on my way towards the promised land of a winning idea. If I was to compare it to something, just as actors audition for a director until one rises above the rest and gets the role, each day offers me a chance as the director of my next book to eventually discover what I’m looking for. All I know for sure is that it’s going to have to be something I embrace fully and keeps me coming back for more because it gets lonely out there on isolation island when you immerse yourself inside your head for the length of time it takes for the creation of a story.

Would you like to try your hand at writing a different genre? Which one and why?
     I understand the idea behind an author’s ‘brand’ and we all know popular names that have found great success sticking with one type of genre and generating a large fan base. I’ve only written two novels, one being a supernatural thriller and the other a whodunnit murder mystery, so there’s as yet no label one could attach to me. I like the idea of being a ‘free agent’ author who writes from his gut about what inspires him no matter the genre. I know that’s potentially not a good thing for developing a following but if I’m to write the best possible story, it’s got to come from the best possible place, and that’s my heart.
     On my website, I have a quote about what inspired me to become a writer and what motivates me to this day. Without getting into specifics about that original inspiration, what motivates me is life’s heavier side, its dramatic side, because that’s where I find ideas worth exploring. Hey, I like to laugh and have a good time as much as anybody, but don’t look for a comedic book from me anytime soon.

If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?
     A successful jazz recording artist playing venues throughout the world. Just Google Dave Brubeck and his 70-year career and that will tell you all you need to know about the answer to this question.

What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble?
     Your question is probably centered on technical issues of writing but my answer comes from the general point of view of living inside my head all the time, which can be hard to deal with. We all want to be in the moment, right? Life is a speeding train but we all want to make sure we stare out the window and appreciate the view of the landscape, right? But think of it like this: When we watch a play, there’s an intermission and the curtain comes down. However, things don’t remain inactive on the set. The stagehands are moving things around back there. It’s the same thing with writing a story. I may be with my wife and/or children somewhere when the ‘curtains’ are down and I’m away from my computer, but those stagehands in my head are still working behind the scenes. They rarely rest, and although you often want them to they seldom do. Once we as authors commit to a story, there will be a piece of us missing for a long while.



by Keith Steinbaum
After a temperamental meltdown on stage, Sean Hightower, a regretful and resentful “one-hit wonder” rock musician hoping for a comeback, returns to his girlfriend’s condo seeking comfort from the woman he loves. But after letting himself in, he discovers her naked body on the bed, murdered from a bullet to the head. When the police detective arrives and sees the two taped pieces of paper on the wall with the word, “hello,” on one and “goodbye,” on the other, he realizes that the renowned serial killer, The Beatles Song Murderer, has struck again. In the days that follow, he reaches another conclusion—the Beatles Song Murderer is probably somebody Sean knows. Now the detective needs Sean’s help to find the killer.


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About Keith:

     After graduating college from UCSB, I set my sights on becoming a professional song lyricist after many years of writing poetry. Had I known through the haze of my naiveté and post college optimism what a difficult task this was to accomplish as a career goal, I would have focused on my other alternative of disc jockeying somewhere. I spent a couple years doing middle of the night work at the college station playing rock ‘n roll for those few listeners either partying or working night shifts, and I had about a hundred resume cassette tapes ready to send. I’ve occasionally wondered where this would have led me had I decided on this course for my career, but as it turns out, although I did have song on a popular album in America, and other songs recorded in a number of foreign markets, I wasn’t able to make a living as a lyricist and moved on into the field of landscape. But my creative writing flame continued to burn. Understanding that idea took time to realize through initial bouts of unhappiness lasting several years. But once I started focusing on poetry again, that’s where I rediscovered the untethered freedom and joy of writing without monetary goals.
     Fast forward to an eventual desire to write a novel, culminating in the completion of The Poe Consequence. As a buildup to the idea for the book, my landscape job entailed years of working in many low-income housing projects throughout Southern California, and, consequently, many neighborhoods with gang problems. This experience played a major role in formulating the concept for my story. Originally self-published, this past June I signed a contract with Black Opal Books for it’s re-release next summer. In the future I’d like the opportunity to delve further into all the ingredients that factored into the creation of the book but I’m certainly gratified for receiving valued blogger reviews on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, as well as other accolades.
     Winner of Books-and-Authors.net’s Book of the Year in the Supernatural Thriller genre, the novel also made the 2015 Kirkus Reviews Books of the Year issue. And in 2017, it received a Finalist placing in the international Book Excellence Awards competition.
     My second novel entitled, You Say Goodbye, a Beatles themed whodunit murder mystery revolving around the search for a renowned serial killer, is my first with Black Opal Books. The story prominently features a one-hit wonder ex-rock star and a little girl with cancer who's a big fan of the L.A. Lakers. The child's character was inspired by the life, and unfortunate death, of Alexandra Scott from the Alex's Lemonade foundation.

     I can be found online at: Facebook     Goodreads.com        Twitter

     Here are my personal website links: KeithSteinbaum.com and ThePoeConsequence.com

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: The Last Crossing


Elizabeth Meyette

by Elizabeth Meyette
It was the whistle of the train at midnight that signaled another ghost.

Jesse Graham wants to concentrate on planning her wedding to Joe Riley. But try as she might, she can’t escape the spirits who haunt her.

This time the ghost is seven-year-old Timmy, whose disappearance fifteen years earlier coincided with the abduction of several boys. His family is convinced he drowned, but Jesse suspects something more sinister.

Until Timmy appeared, Jesse’s biggest problem was that her best friend, Maggie Keegan, aka Sister Angelina, a Catholic nun, might not be allowed to be her maid of honor. But that pales in comparison to what Jesse faces now: Timmy was Maggie’s little brother.

And Jesse knows that if Timmy is ever to find peace, he needs to reveal the mystery of his disappearance—which could subject Maggie and her family to some painful secrets and truths.

As for Maggie? Well, she’s been navigating her own crisis of the heart and soul, as she tries to deal with—and resist—her deepening feelings for local cop Marty D’Amato. Learning about Timmy’s appearances only drives her further into confusion and anguish, but pray as she might, she’s finding no answers.

To complicate things even more, Jesse’s investigation into the fifteen-year-old cold case has tapped into someone’s fear of being caught. She receives anonymous threatening notes, followed by a destructive attack on Bert, her beloved Volkswagen Beetle. And now, the mysterious assailant has escalated his attacks, putting Jesse in mortal danger.

It looks like this time her spectral encounter is too personal, and it may cost her a friendship. It may cost Jesse her life—unless the ghost of a seven-year-old boy can keep her safe.

The Last Crossing is available at Amazon (both Kindle and paperback) and at Barnes and Noble (paperback only).



About Elizabeth Meyette:

Believer in dreams-come-true and self-confessed chocoholic, Elizabeth Meyette is the author of a little history … a little mystery … a little romance.

Before pursuing her writing career full time, Elizabeth taught English, Journalism, and Library Science/Technology. After retiring from teaching, Elizabeth embarked on her writing career full-time and, in addition to her six novels, has published poetry, magazine articles and her blog, Meyette’s Musings. A friend said of her, “You haven’t retired, you’ve refired!”

Her Finger Lakes Mystery series includes The Cavanaugh House, Buried Secrets, and The Last Crossing. These mysteries are set in 1968 in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Her historical romance series, The Brentwood Saga, includes Love’s Destiny, Love’s Spirit, and Love’s Courage , historical romances set during the American Revolution.

Elizabeth is an Amazon Best-selling author, a PAN (Published Authors Network) member of Romance Writers of America.  She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Grand Rapids Region Writers’ Group, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Elizabeth and her husband Richard live in west Michigan where they enjoy the beauty of the Great Lakes. They have an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after he endured burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken.  Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook.

Visit Elizabeth at: www.elizabethmeyette.com

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Monday, March 18, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Monday Morsels: Kept Hidden

...a taste of romance.

KEPT HIDDEN
by Leigh Fleming


Chapter One

Sweat rolled between Vanessa Barczak’s breasts as she held up her cell phone for a tight shot of the Tolbert County crest. Ninety degrees with equal percentage of humidity, the sun sizzled in the cloudless sky. Who would’ve thought it could be this hot in Brookfield? The high elevation and forested mountains should’ve supplied some cool relief. It was downright hot, but not the kind of heat she’d felt before leaving Dallas . . .

She’d been assigned a story on West Virginia’s historic courthouses, and with Channel 10’s limited budget, she was forced to video her own footage. This segment wouldn’t make for gripping news, but then again, not much excitement happened around here. She’d had enough excitement when she messed with the wrong guy back in Texas. This slow, sleepy place hadn’t been her choice, but at least she had a job.

As the traffic light turned green, she ran across Main Street to get a better angle of the domed building which had sat on this corner since 1872. She turned to capture the surrounding businesses when a blue car streaked by, blasting through the red light and sending up a plume of burnt rubber as it screeched to a stop.

A man jumped from the car, wrenched a little girl off her bike, and sped away. Quick, efficient, and unbelievable. Vanessa careened into a street sign, looked down at her phone clutched tightly in her shaking hand, and realized she’d gotten it all on video. Fumbling her phone back into her tote bag, she dropped her head against the pole and sucked in the moist, heavy air.

It couldn’t be real.

Her imagination had played its dirty tricks.

It was all an illusion.

A little girl hadn’t been taken.

Limbs trembling, she pushed away from the sign and smoothed a hand over her hair, looking for anyone who would confirm what she’d thought she’d seen. “Did you see that?” She directed her question to a woman now standing next to her, as plump and round as she was tall, who had reached out to catch Vanessa’s hand. “That little girl—”

The lady twisted Vanessa’s hand against her ample belly. “Oh my God.”

Strained voices, people running, some crowding the corner as Vanessa’s gut churned. “Oh my—”

“Am I seeing things? Did a man just snatch that little girl off her bike?” She turned to the woman whose body quivered as she wrung Vanessa’s hand until it was numb.

“He took her!” The lady’s eyes were wild with fear.

All at once loud, ear-piercing sirens swallowed the chaos around them, and Vanessa wrenched her hand from the woman’s grip. “The police are coming.”

“They have to catch that horrible man,” the lady said, color rising back in her cheeks.

Tires squealed and doors slammed as law enforcement burst onto the scene, stopping traffic and cordoning off the area. Dazed and muddled, Vanessa wandered down the sidewalk, away from the action, until she came to a bench shaded by a brick building. She needed time to get her emotions in check. Witnessing a kidnapping wasn’t easy—especially the second time around—but this abduction had been more frightening.

Her cell phone buzzed with her station manager’s number on the screen. “Vanessa, we just had word there was a child kidnapped a few minutes ago in Brookfield. Are you still there?”

“I am.”

“Great. Sam’s on his way. He’ll film your story for this evening’s broadcast.”

“Now? But I’m—” How could she possibly stand in front of a camera and relive the harrowing nightmare without falling apart?

“You’re the only reporter we have in the area.”

“I’m not dressed for the broadcast.”

“I don’t care what you’re wearing. Get that story.”

With her hands shaking and her mind in a whirl, she didn’t think she could handle anything more dramatic than her courthouse story. She had on a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers instead of her usual on-air attire of a dress or skirt. Her hair was unwashed and pulled back in a pony-tail.

Why was she talking herself out of this?

She had more experience than all the other reporters combined at Channel 10. What just happened was right up her alley, a typical story she might have covered back in Dallas. A golden opportunity—though harrowing—had been dropped in her lap. It was time to ignore the memories, get her act together, and get that story, so she could get the hell out of West Virginia.

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Recently fired from a Dallas TV station, reporter Vanessa Barczak’s career languishes in a small West Virginia town until she witnesses an abduction—a child is snatched directly in front of her. She desperately wants to get back to the big time, and this story might be the one to do it. But the crime stirs up past memories she’d hoped were long buried.

Up for a promotion in Chicago, FBI Special Agent Bo Azar needs to solve this case. Vanessa Barczak gets in his way, insinuating herself into the investigation and into his head. After she witnesses a second abduction, he realizes she knows more than she’s letting on. Now he’s forced to depend on her to help catch the kidnapper, but she’s not talking.

Determined to get justice for the young victims, Vanessa and Bo grow closer as they unravel the truth behind the crimes. Through the mountainous terrain and surrounding forests, they stumble onto a scenario neither could’ve imagined, forcing them to open up to emotions they’ve Kept Hidden.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe
Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.
- Unknown
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Meet Elly Molina

The Write Way Café welcomes Elly Molina, an intuitive and teacher who writes fiction and non-fiction.

You write both fiction and non-fiction. Please tell us about your books.
     I’ve been an intuitive all my life and as a teacher always found a way to incorporate psi (psychic) abilities in my curriculum. In 2008, I taught at a magic school in Washington State, where children learned to use their minds in a very different manner. The children practiced telepathic exercises, blindfolded archery, remote viewing (seeing without our eyes over time, distance and space) and we even worked on developing telekinesis! One day a little girl moved a domino with only her mind and that inspired me to create a fictional account of Annabelle, who also learned to move an object with her mind! It is an illustrated children’s book titled, Annabelle and the Domino.
     Back in 1986, while teaching middle school language arts I envisioned writing a How To Book for children and their parents. I thought of naming it, “You can, too” and in it I imagined sharing empowerment techniques and simple activities for children and their parents to tap into their Intuitive Heart connections with the Universe and then to refine those intuitive messages and learn to navigate life intuitively. It took me over 25 years to write that book and in hindsight, I’m glad I did because we now have the science and neuroscience to support so much of what I intuitively knew! I have an entire chapter dedicated to how the brain works! The book ended up becoming a resource guide for parents and educators to teach themselves and their children how to tap into and use their powerful intuitive abilities, something we all have, even if we haven’t developed them to a superior level. I ended up naming the book, Children Who Know How to Know, to evoke curiosity around the subject. I was blessed to have the book hit the Amazon BestSeller list when it came out!

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
     Annabelle and the Domino was written for children of all ages! Because of the content, adults and children are inspired to do things they’ve never thought of before. It’s a very empowering story and the reviews and feedback I’ve received over the years from children and their parents, even adults without children, have only been positive.
     Children Who Know How to Know is written for any parent or educator who is curious about expanding the possibilities of working with our mind/heart connections. I’ve got a chapter on Mindfulness and using the Intuitive Heart. We now have the science to backup my experiential knowledge on the subject and I’ve got scientific evidence, stories, and techniques to teach adults and children how to use their powerful abilities to navigate everyday life. Children Who Know How To Know also deals with the importance of developing emotional intelligence, which we know is key to having a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

What or who has been instrumental in or to your writing journey? 
     Brian Tracy!! Many years ago, Brian Tracy produced a CD, “How to write a book” and his steps were so fundamental and easy to follow, I just duplicated exactly as laid out and produced a 7 Chapter How To Book. I had had all the information for years and never found the courage to put it together and submit for publication.
     Years later, I had the opportunity to personally meet Brian and talk about my book, Annabelle and the Domino. He was fascinating and totally in agreement with what I shared about mind powers. Then I gave him an autographed copy of Annabelle for his granddaughter!

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given? What’s your best writing advice for others?
     Just Write! There is no other way than to sit down and begin writing. I do not go back and edit until later. I learned to cut and paste. Sometimes the beginning of the book is in the middle somewhere, so I do things the old fashioned way. I write, then print, then cut and paste, and edit and continue to edit after all the ideas and information has been put onto paper or my laptop.

What “keepers” are in your home library? 
     I’m an Art History fan so I have a few art history books no longer in print. I also have a number of hard to find books on spirituality and philosophy.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? 
     When I wrote Annabelle and the Domino I asked an author friend, who at the time was quite popular, to read and write a review for me. She said her daughter didn’t enjoy the book and she therefore didn’t think it was the type of work she’d want to support. I felt awful for about 24 hours and literally got under the covers and hid! Afterwards, I gained real strength from her criticism and went ahead and published Annabelle and I am so happy I did. Years later, she wrote accolades about the book! Go figure! The best compliment for Children Who Know How To Know was a parent, whose child was diagnosed with Asperger’s, told me the book really helped and she found a way to connect with her son that she had been unaware of.

We’re adding books to our Café menu. Would your book be a drink, an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert? What would you call it?
     Annabelle and the Domino would be dessert. It’s light hearted and inspirational! Children Who Know How to Know would be a very filling entree!

What is your favorite social media? Why? 
     I used to really love Facebook and Instagram! I no longer feel the same way about them. I have stopped using Twitter and am weaning off of social media. I post articles that I write for Thriveglobal and my blog on Facebook and I enjoy acknowledging others. The ads have really taken the fun out of social media.

Do you have any compulsions you must do for no particular reason? 
     Nope! I have rituals and routines that I follow because they enhance my life. I get up in the morning, light a beautifully scented candle, meditate and write my gratitudes while looking out on the sea.

Tell us about the book in your closet. 
     I’ve got a young adult manuscript in the closet that I’ve been working on for awhile. It’s an adventure story and we follow the hero’s journey as he discovers himself and rescues others.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
     You can reach me at www.ellymolina.com and my books are sold where ever books are sold!

What can we expect from you in the future?
     I’m currently doing a few speaking events and workshops in New York and Nashville. I’ll be presenting a cool workshop at the New Life Expo in New York City on March 24, 2019. Participants will learn to access their super power abilities! Then, I’m doing workshops in Brooklyn New York, Ossining New York, and in May I’ll be speaking at the Fearless Woman’s Summit in Nashville. If you’re into learning about dreams and how dreams provide access to the subconscious mind, you can contact me for information about a summer retreat happening in Upstate New York in July, 2019. I’ll be busy for this next year consulting, writing, and teaching people how to access, develop and trust their powerful intuitive abilities!




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 About Elly:

     Amazon Bestselling author, Elly Molina, is an international mind power consultant, educator and visionary. Elly’s clients include former Heads of State, celebrities, business professionals and seekers. Elly has appeared on FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and in The New York Times. Elly is the author of Children Who Know How to Know (Black Opal Books) and Annabelle and the Domino, and her latest release, a collaborative Amazon Bestseller, titled Dancing In The Unknown.
     Elly holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from NYU and contributes to See Beyond Magazine,  Meaningful Mom Magazine and Thriveglobal.
     She is a leading expert in children’s intuitive development and the founder of Psi-Kids (www.psi-kids.com).

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