Feb 24, 2012

Featured Author - Elle Strauss

I'm happy to feature an awesome INDIE author on my blog today. Please make her feel welcome.

Elle Strauss 

Elle Strauss writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. She's a married mom of four, and lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. She's fond of Lindt's sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. Her Young Adult rom/com time-travel CLOCKWISE and contemporary/otherworldly Middle Grade IT'S A LITTLE HAYWIRE are now available on Amazon.

You can get to know Elle a little better by stalking her here:

Her newest Release:

by Elle Strauss
Illustrated by Tasia Strauss
Owen True is eleven and eleven twelfths and has been "exiled" to the small crazy town of Hayward, WA, aka, Haywire, while his mother is on her honeymoon. All he has to whittle away the time is the company of Gramps, his black lab Daisy, and his Haywire friends, Mason and Mikala Sweet. They don't look so hot this year, in fact, the whole town has gone to pot since the mill shut down.

Owen has his first encounter with a real life homeless man who ends up needing Owen's help in more ways than one. But how does a rich city kid help the small town's suffering citizens?

And what is Owen to make of the fog train and its scary, otherworldy occupants that appears out of thin air on the old tracks behind Gramps' house? Do they have the answer Owen is looking for?

Here's what Elle has to say about the illustrations inside her new book:

It’s a Little Haywire is the type of book that lends itself to illustrations. It’s been compared in style to Because of Winn Dixie, (which thrills me, I’m a big fan of that book) and it and Kate DiCamillo’s other books benefited by having illustrations.

The thing is, when you indie publish you have to hire out and pay for everything up front, and also finding the right illustrating style for your book could be a challenge too. I also wasn’t sure how the illustrations would “blend” in an e-book format, but one of the great things about indie publishing is the ability to try new things and test the waters.

There are a lot of great illustrators out there, and I’m sure I’m not the first to add illustrations to an e-book. The happy news for me was I have a terrific illustrator who lives in my house and already owed me money. (My seventeen year old daughter) Terrific! Let the bartering begin!

It was fabulous to be able to work on this book with her, and I love the fact I could add her name to the credits,Tasia Strauss.

Order your own copy of IT'S A LITTLE HAYWIRE here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072Z5DWQ
It's normally 2.99 but it will be FREE for Feb 22 and 23 only.

Isn't she GREAT????  Be sure to follower her on all the links above and check out her other book, Clockwise, on her website.