Thursday, October 1, 2009

Meet Author Elysabeth Eldering

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Elysabeth Eldering, author of the Junior Geography Detectieve Squad series, and fellow 4RV author.


With a childhood spent traveling the globe, writer Elysabeth Eldering developed a passion for geography. Growing up in a military family, Elysabeth lived in Japan, Germany, New York, Kentucky, and Texas before her family finally settled in a small town in South Carolina. Elysabeth, who lives in Honea Path, put her globetrotting skills to work in the Junior Geography Detective Squad's 50-state mystery trivia series.

Published by 4RV Publishing, the series made its debut in summer 2008 with State of Wilderness. The Junior Geography Detective Squad will continue to put their mystery-solving talents to work in each state, challenging young readers on their knowledge of the nation's geography and interesting facts about each state. State of Quarries is next in the line-up.

The mother of three - an adult son and a teen-aged son and daughter - juggles a schedule that includes volunteering with her children's school activities, such as marching band and band competitions. An avid pet lover, Elysabeth is caretaker for the family's three dogs and a rabbit named Easter. She's active in the Greenville chapters of Sisters in Crime and the SC Writers Workshop and has judged entries for the Derringers Awards competition.

Elysabeth entered her first writing contest on a dare from a friend. Since then, the prize-winning writer has received awards from Armchair Interviews and Echelon Press. Her most recent story, “Bride and Seek,” was published in the SC Writers Workshop anthology The Petigru Review and is available on www.amazon.com. She has an article on editing and self publishing, also with Armchair Interviews.

To learn more about the Junior Geography Detective Squad, visit http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com/  . Contact the author at eeldering@gmail.com  .

Books may ordered from http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com/  or Vivian at president@4rvpublishingllc.com  (for special orders)

On Saturday, we will take a look at the latest book in the series, State of Reservations.




















 





21 comments:

elysabeth said...

Thanks for having me Crystalee. I appreciate having the video up. The more views hopefully the more sales - lol. I'll be in and out today for questions and comments. See you all in the postings.

Darcia said...

I love the concept of Elysabeth's books! What a great learning tool.

DarcĂ­a Helle
www.QuietFuryBooks.com

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey, Elysabeth, it's great to have you back in the group. I envy all the traveling you did.

Your books' concept is a great learning tool as DArcia said.

Karen

elysabeth said...

I have study guides to go along with them, one tailored specifically to follow the clues and info in each book. State of Reservations will be out hopefully the 1st of November.

Thanks ya'll for stopping by. Hope to see more folks Saturday - E :)

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I also grew up in a military family which I guess encouraged the travel bug in me. Enjoyed the post and the video.

Katie Hines said...

I'm glad I checked here because even though Elysabeth and I have met several times face-to-face, there were new things I learned about her today. Her books are great!

elysabeth said...

It's always fun to learn something you didn't know before, even having met face to face. I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks everyone for stopping by and finding out a little bit more about me. Stop by Saturday and find out more about the next book in the series coming out. E :)

Vivian Zabel said...

State of Reservations is going to be an uplifting addition to the series.

I enjoyed the post very much.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Elysabeth, I love, love, love your series idea. I loved Nancy Drew and I know your books will find a huge readership.
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writing tips @frugalbookpromo

elysabeth said...

Carolyn, from your mouth to God's ears. I hope the readership picks up. I would love for the series to be in schools but with 13 years down the road before the whole series will be available, makes it kind of tough to really push being in the schools right now. Maybe when I have State of Reservations and State of Altitude released I will find more of a following -

Thanks for stopping by. It's been a crazy day around here. Enjoyed being back on the tour again - E :)

kathy stemke said...

I love the concept. It really brings geography to life!

elysabeth said...

Thanks, Kathy. That's the idea, bring a fun way of learning about the states to the kids.

Nancy Famolari said...

The series sounds like an excellent one for children. Love the cover.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Great learning tools, these books sound like - very creative! Nice feature post, LOVED the clip!
The Old Silly

Margaret Fieland said...

Wow, what a great idea! I wasn't paying attention in social studies -- and I'm sure I wasn't along -- this sounds like a great way to get kids (and grownups!) interested in geography.

Deborah Weed said...

Congratulations Elysabeth! What I love about what you did is that you have made geography appealing to children. It is a wonderful concept and I know that things will go great for you!

Stephen Tremp said...

I enjoyed the post. I hope to travel extensively one day and incorporate my experiences into my plots, characters, and settings. Best wishes for your continued success.

Stephen Tremp

elysabeth said...

Thanks everyone. I hope to be able to quit my full time job at some point and do many school visits. If anyone would like some bookmarks, email me at eeldering at gmail dot com and I will be happy to send off some to put in teachers' hands or homeschoolers too. See you all in the postings - E :)

Liana said...

Elysabeth, all this is very interesting! Thanks for letting us know about your work.

Crystalee, great post!

Liana

Dianne G. Sagan said...

Elysabeth,

I loved it when you were my guest and it's great to follow you. Your book trailer is awesome! Nice job.

Heather said...

Elysabeth, you are certainly a creative author! And I love the video, very eye catching.

Great post Crystalee!