MA AMERICA, THE TRAVELIN' MAVEN (Elysabeth Eldering, JGDS 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. Ms. Eldering, who lives in upper state South Carolina, put her globetrotting skills to work in the Junior Geography Detective Squad's 50-state mystery trivia series.
Originally published by 4RV Publishing in July of 2008, State of Wilderness, made its debut. The next two books in the series were also published by 4RV Publishing, with State of Quarries being published in April of 2009 and State of Reservations being published in May of 2010. The remaining books in the series are and will be self-published through createspace.com. Check out the "books in the series" page to see what is available.
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. She has an article on editing and self publishing, also with Armchair Interviews. Award winning stories include: Train of Clues (shared 2nd place story, Armchair Interviews September 2005, the predecessor to the JGDS series); The Proposal (3rd place stoy, Armchair Interviews April 2006); The Tulip Kiss (1st place winner in the Fast and Frigid contest, Echelon Press January 2007, published as an ebook, no longer available), Butterfly Halves (runner up in Fast and Fantasy contest, Echelon Press March 2007, published as an ebook, no longer available). 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.
Ms. Eldering is currently working on a YA novel which is not connected to the JGDS series and hopes to have that released by October 2011.