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‘Why did she make things? Well she enjoyed it of course;

but it also somehow

helped her remember who she was and where she came from.’ 

(Sent to me from Jordan – she summed up my life quite nicely!)

I wrote my first book two years ago and was thrilled and elated about the prospect of publishing it. Yes, I considered publishing the old-fashion way, but after much research I decided  I didn’t have the time to wait for that. It could take years to actually be published and anyway it was time to come into this century. I was excited. I could do this, I thought. And I did! ‘Crossing The Line’ is fiction, a beach read if you must, light reading. I plan to try writing other genres as well!

This  blog started out being about the trials and tribulations of writing, publishing and marketing in today’s new ways of publishing. From there it evolved into what it is today – an outlet – an outlet for my writing. I also vent quite a bit. Sometimes you may hear about my writing, some days about my family.  After all, they are a big part of my life and sometimes whether they like it or not they make very laughable content for my blog. 😉 I should write a book sometime. Wait! I did that!

I try to blog about three times a week on the average. After all, I still need to actually work to make a living. (Blogging and writing to me is not work – it’s fun!) I sew – lots – for money! It’s a fun job too.  My son at one time ,when he was small, called me the ‘Queen of Sewing’. Where’s my crown?

While residing in the Florida Panhandle with my Band Director, soon-to-be-retired, husband, Harry, we are fixing up Harry’s 1956 family home. It has been called a beach house, a bungalow, and a bomb shelter! We love it though and have learned quite a lot about home improvement DIY and how to live in a small space without killing each other!

There are in our mist, four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. We will be really old when and if Andrew blesses us with more, but that’s ok. He’s still in college!

Lots of fun!

Lots of fun!

Andrew gets to be in both pictures because he's the only boy! Really I didn't have a picture of Harry and I together by ourselves!

Andrew gets to be in both pictures because he’s the only boy! Really I didn’t have a picture of Harry and I together by ourselves!

At the age of four I homesteaded in Alaska with my parents and four siblings (I’m the middle child. What does that tell you?) and then moved back to Louisiana five years later. Reading is my favorite pastime and I believe I can follow that path of writing so others can read. There have been many stories started, but never finished. One day I sat down and started ‘Crossing the Line’, finally finished eight months later, and published in February 2013. I am now working on the soon to be published sequel, ‘What Line’. To be honest with you this second book has proved to be more time-consuming than my first.

**********UPDATE************

All my content for ‘What Line’ was lost on my flash drive a few weeks ago! Uggh! I was so stupid not to save in multiple paces, but I’ve learned my lesson well! I’ve found 28 chapters in emails. Yay! Soooo… I will be working from there and re-writing. May be a long process. In the meantime I started on that Alaska book I’ve been wanting to do for so long. Read about that project here. Good things do come from being stupid sometimes!

Coffee-Drunk or Blind – An Alaskan Adventure, has been published! You can get your very own copy here.

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If you find yourself with some free time check out all my pages and posts. There’s a handy little menu above under my header and also some great links on the sidebar. There’s also a link to ‘Crossing The Line’! Just click on that book cover to your right and up a bit. Yep! That’s the one! Follow me on Twitter at @knowlleselle and check out my author Facebook page. Hope to see you back again and again.

Thanks for visiting!

~Elle!

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hi Elle, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award. I love your blog!

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  2. Hi Elle! I love this chance to connect with you. What a fantastic snapshot of your family and your life. Wow, 5 children – WELL DONE!!
    I love that you wrote ‘finally after 8 months’ the book was finished 🙂
    That is amazingly quick!
    That’s a perfect title for your second book too.

    Thanks for linking to #StrategySaturday …Now for some social love ❤

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  3. Hey Elle!
    First your name is the same as a good friend of mine! Love it! Second, I read that you sew, love it even more!! Yea us! Tell me more about this part of your life.

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    • Well, Elle is my author name, but it spells my first initial – L. Sewing? I can’t remember when I didn’t sew. Maybe for a short time when my kids were very young. I’ve always made room in my life for it though. Wish I could find a block of time for my writing! Thanks for stopping by and for your interest. Hope to see you around more often! ~Elle

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  4. You seem so bubbly 🙂

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  5. Finished your book. Excellent. Will write a review, but now I have a million questions.

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  6. Hello
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. I hope you will accept 🙂
    Enjoyed your blog post. here is the link:
    http://donnageorgeblog.com/2015/02/11/versatile-blogger-award/
    cheers

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  8. Still reading and enjoying “crossing the Line”

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  9. Hi Elle,

    It was lovely to meet you through Blogging 101 and congratulations for not only doing, but also completing the course over the last four weeks. The effort was well worth it and I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say the course was very worthwhile, taking our personal cyberspace from blog? to BLOG!

    Looking forward to keeping in touch.

    Clare

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  10. I really love your blog, which is why I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! The details are on my post: https://aboyd85.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  11. Hi Elle,

    Blogging three times a week? I still haven’t made it past more than two posts, which happens very rarely. I can see you put a lot of work and dedication into your blog and I admire that. I get writer’s block often, so I hope I can learn more from you and hopefully increase the amount of posts I write in the future!

    Happy blogging 🙂

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  12. Great story that got me curious :0) I’ll have to check out your book!
    cheers,

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  13. It’s quite comforting to be in company with established writers here on Blogging 101. While I wish I could say…I’m a writer too, I can’t, because, it’s only in my head that says that. Well, I guess I’ll have to do something and get that voice out of my head and into the world of authors.

    — Urell

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    • Thank you! While I have published once and trying to get this sequel finished Im honored you placed me in that category. Got lots on my mind to write about. Thanks for stopping by! 😉

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  15. Hello Elle! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #14! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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  16. What an interesting life! Loved this About post a lot and the pictures too 🙂

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  17. You are doing quite well Mrs Knowles quite well. 📝📖🌹

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  18. Hi Elle, I’m new, brand new, to the blog world. Yours is one of the first blogs I’ve looked at. I like what you have going.

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  19. Love the bio. Alaska to Louisiana sounds like a rather harsh change in terms of weather. Though I’ve only been to Alaska, so I could be wrong.

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  20. I love the panhandle of Florida. Please have a blessed day in Jesus.

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  21. Thank you for your visit and my sincere congratulations to you. I’m interested in how you progress and I think your doing a great job, I’m sure it can’t be easy and I admire you, I think you will be an inspiration 🙂
    Best regards James 🙂

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  23. You have a nice blog here and congratulations with your new book.
    Thanks for your visit and like at my blog.
    Irene

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  24. congratulations on your book! it’s an amazing accomplishment. 🙂

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  25. What happened to “She is the mother of four beutiful daughters and one hansdome son and has 10 grandchildren”?

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