Today Ey Wade is talking to us about her book "When Clouds Touch" as we also get to know more about herself.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Knowing me as a writer and author is like cracking an egg’s shell in the air and wondering how far the splatter will spread. Wait, that’s kind of like knowing me as a person. I’m like all over the board and always working on three to five projects at a time. I have no favorite spots to work and my view tends to be pointed at the keyboard. When an idea comes into my head I just flow with it. I haven’t been able to conform my writing to any specific pattern. I am more than often working on one story and the characters from another will just be dying to get my attention and I have to go into their world. I tend to write in various genres from fiction to picture books. Using pen (same one for the past eleven years) and paper, laptop and as a newly favorite the word program on my cell phone. I have found I can write anywhere with that little contraption and my focus is intent. Has to be with those tiny keys, right? And then I just email to myself and copy past into my manuscript.
Before becoming a self-published author I followed the rules. Wrote outlines, character back stories, did the word counting, queries and everything. I even had an agent once. Unfortunately he was a horrible choice. Directed me away from Ballantine books (wish I would have known who they were then) who wanted The Perfect Solution and straight into the corrupt hands of Publish America. What a crock. After that fiasco I was so humiliated I couldn’t write. Fought and had my rights returned and now, I am back. I tried the querying again, but became frustrated when it seems the agents’ rules are so varied, too confusing for me. Not to mention the rejection letters can be soul crushing. I received a lot of positive reviews for The Perfect Solution when it was first published and yet when I began querying one agent informed me no one would like the book and yet it deals with negligence in the child care system. So, off I ran on my own. I have put three novels, three picture books and a creative non-fiction book into the systems. I think e-publishing is one of the greatest inventions God has given to the world. I would advise any author to go that route when they have something they feel strongly about.
I have joined the publishing company Inknbeans Press and have had more novels published through them.
Oh, and to let you know I do have a stable life…I am the (always single) mother of three daughters who are all grown now, and I home schooled them on a string and a prayer. Though it may seem as if I am a bit scattered brained I was able to school them into college by the age of seventeen and sixteen. The two eldest have graduated, yeah! &;I am the drooling proud ‘Lovey’ of a little boy named Jett Parker Ellington. Before being destroyed by Hurricane Ike, I lived in a nice home and owned a home-based childcare center and that’s me and my writing life in a nutshell.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love playing in dirt, wishing plants will grow. Watching home improvement/ gardening shows, and spending time with my family
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from every day life and experiences,
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
Well, the book isn’t really a story, but a collection of facts. The history book, Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History is my favorite. I love the fact it celebrates the contributions of all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, and origin. So many people and things I didn’t know, can be found within the pages.
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
All of my books have an element of truth with in them. Something I’ve observed, heard about, or lived.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I already write in several genres, from picture books to history and on through romance and thriller. The only things I haven’t tried are Fantasy and Paranormal. I don’t think I will, either. My mind can’t wrap around the intricacies of those genres.
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I don’t have a favorite. There are so many new and Indie authors, I’m having a great time flitting from one jewel to another.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I think Paisley and Malachi from When Clouds Touch are my favorite so far. They were harder to write and the emotions within the story range wide. I love them.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I think the hardest thing is believing you are irrelevant. That everyone else floating and shouting their good news down your Facebook timeline , are the kings on the hill and you haven’t found the right path. You can write awesome prose, bring on the tears and rants of the readers, cheer over every terrific review (hopefully, ignored and learned something from the bad ones), but when days or weeks pass without some sort of feedback from anyone, you feel alone. Or as if you’re wasting your time.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Lord, just do it. Writing, beyond building worlds and people you can manipulate, is extremely therapeutic. Just getting anger, tears and fears to be spoken through your characters makes you feel so much better. Read everything you can about the writing process then throw it out and write the way way your spirit flows. Use editors for the finished product. Become an Indie or a transitionally published author. Don’t be swayed or bullied to accept on or the other.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
At the moment, I’m working on two books. A Romance in a Month Challenge to finish a book for Christmas. The book is titled Ribbons & Belle. And is about gorgeous, dedicated fertility counselor Tyson Ribbons and embryologist, Anabelle “Belle” Lee and her quest to use Invitro Fertilization. And the second, a novel with snaps of life about females named Valerie.
The most recent book I had published is When Clouds Touch. A romance between a Japanese girl with Albinism and a South Indian guy.
Destined to meet since before birth, their story wraps us somewhere between loving and caring, wanting the best for someone, while wanting to see them happy, even when it is risky and they must obey the demands of family.
Paisley, a woman of Japanese descent, living with Albinism and heart disease, is meek, yet makes no apologies for seeking what she yearns to have. Hiding behind the protective fold of her wagasa, she longs for freedom from her overprotective parents and the love of a man she's known only in her dreams, even at the cost of her health.
Malachi, a man who has visions of meeting an elusive shadow, uses his sense of humor and sensitive side to build their relationship. He's determined to win her love, even against the wishes of her parents.
"Tell me you love me, Paisley. "
“Aishiteiru, Malachi. I love you.” Without a pause or a second thought, she obeyed his command. He paused for a moment after snapping the shot, living the dawning knowledge revealed in her eyes that the statement was true. What was said casually now showed intensely and beckoned him into that reality.
“Mujhe bhi tumse iskh huwa hai, I have also fallen in love with you.” Malachi fell to his knees, crawling to her as if being reeled in by a lifeline. Until their lips touched, melded, and their combined breath became a sustaining life force, one for the other.
He felt her hands caress his back, his chest, fingers at the buttons of his shirt and he mimicked them, his fingers steadier and quicker, released the buttons at the top of her dress, pulling short when the gap revealed the tiny lace bra underneath. He flicked its front opening, exposing her flesh to his view – a sight immediately covered with his mouth. His need to be closer overwhelming his conscious mind which was telling him to move slower.
But it wasn’t his mind, ruling him, it was her hands doing the directing, creating the momentum and he followed her emotions, her rush to fulfillment by caressing her touching her until she lost her control and cried out for him to stop.
He rolled to his back, breathing hard, chastising himself for trying to rush her, expecting to see the sky and realized they were shielded from the elements by the red panels of the umbrella. Its protection allowing only the softest light from the sun through, casting a soft glow on everything. He watched her as she adjusted her clothing, loving the pink on her skin, like the shell of a pearl.
“Is this how it always is under your umbrella, Paisley? Glimpses of light, beautiful color, shadows of leaves, silhouettes of birds, peaceful?”
Paisley lay quiet for a moment, then reached over to button his shirt and rest her head on his chest. Looking through the paper and seeing the world for the first time through his vision. The change in perception made the world a different place, one she had never really noticed.
“I rarely look up when I’m walking. It would probably be a little dangerous. My wagasa had always been my protection, my way of hiding from the world while spying on its way of living. Basically, it has been a tool. You are constantly showing me its real duty is that of love, Malachi. I don’t think I will ever see it the same again. Sobo wanted me to be able to go out and enjoy myself, little did I know she meant, grab a guy and make love under it.”
“I’m sure that’s not what she meant and I better not catch you under this umbrella with anyone else but me.” Kissing her quick, he pulled her to her feet, grabbing blanket and umbrella and pushing them in her hands. “Let’s go, it’s starting to rain.”
Collecting the picnic basket, he followed her footsteps to the car, laughing as they barely closed themselves within before the downpour.
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