Way to go. Write on!

I tried unsuccessfully for several years to find an agent to help get my books published.  Finally, one of my customers told me he had found a publisher without going through an agent.  He connected me with Eric at TGIM Digital Publishing in Little Rock, Arkansas.  We talked on the phone several times over a period of a few weeks and came to an agreement about who would contribute what to our partnership.

Neither my husband nor my kids knew anything about it at that point.  Once Eric and I reached our agreement, I told my husband.  He and I together planned a party to celebrate and to break the news to my kids and grandkids.

The first Saturday that I wanted to have the party, my son had to work.  The next week, one of my daughters couldn’t make it.  As you can imagine, I’m about to burst with the news, but somehow held it in.  The third Saturday everyone was available and they all arrived at my house.

We had pizza and lots of fun visiting.  It was a beautiful day and we sat on the porch enjoying each other.  I finally told them it was time to go in, that I had something serious to discuss with them.  They all looked at each other wondering what in the world was going on.

After they all got seated in the living room, my husband Ronnie went into the kitchen and brought out a cake that we had HEB decorate in a special way.  The wording was:  Way to go! Write on!

I told them they had to figure out what it meant before we would cut the cake.  I wish I had taken a photo of it, it was really cool.  They just kept repeating it over and over, way to go, write on.  Way to go write on.  After about 15-20 minutes, my grand daughter Oliva shouted.  “I get it!  WRITE on.  Mema, your books!  Are you getting published?

That’s a special day I’ll never forget.


“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA


Published by Elsie Varn Harrell

When Elsie decided to try her hand at writing a novel, Fire Light Fire Bright was born followed by Dreams Never Lie -which quickly became her publisher’s first Best-Selling Series. The Color of Thunder was published right between Dreams are Forever and Shattered Dreams. Elsie was born in Brooksville, Florida. Some of her fondest memories were swimming at Pine Island in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Weeki Wachee Springs is where she learned to swim. In the early 1980’s, Elsie and her three children, Katie, Lisa G. and Jes moved to Texas. Shortly after moving to North Central Texas, Elsie met her husband Ronnie on a blind date and after a whirlwind courtship, they married in April 1987. After 34 years, they're still going strong.

2 thoughts on “Way to go. Write on!

  1. I was on Facebook and saw that you were a rider I am also from Brooksville class of 63 so of course I had to try one of your books.I just finished reading firelight fire bright really enjoyed it so I will be back on Amazon or ordering another

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    1. Thanks Ruby. I’m so glad you liked it. Dreams Never Lie is the first book in a series about an FBI agent. Dreams are Forever is the 2nd in the series. shattered Dreams is next but it hasn’t been released yet. Be another few weeks on it. I remember you from school. I was class of 62. Please spread the word to your friends. I need all the help I can get publicizing my books. Appreciate your kind words.


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