DANIEL THE DRAW-ER was a quick and whimsical read...Henderson’s writing style is light and simple, not a bad thing when your audience is middle-grade...
Some of the first things new writers are told is to write what you know, and to show, and not tell. Russian playwright and author Anton Checkhov is credited with having said “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass,” underscoring the latter. Showing can be a powerful tool when used with discretion, but all too often new authors forget to do this, preferring instead to paint their word pictures with broad strokes rather than choose a finer brush...
- University of Waterloo1985
- Newtonbrook High School
Elise Abram has been writing ever since she can remember, but it wasn’t until she was asked to teach Writer’s Craft in 2001 that she began to write seriously. Having to research writing and the writing process gave her the confidence she needed to actually put proverbial pen to paper. Her first novel, THE GUARDIAN was partially published as a Twitter novel a few summers back. Nearly ten years after PHASE SHIFT’s inception Elise Abram decided to publish the manuscript on her own.
In her novels, Elise Abram marries two of her passions, writing and archaeology, while paying tribute to the city in which she grew up. Born and raised in Toronto, Elise Abram’s novels take place on sites modelled after actual archaeological sites in and around the city. Her characters volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum and teach at the University of Toronto, and mummies are X-rayed and CT-scanned at downtown hospitals.
Elise Abram continues to write, no easy task, given the demands of teaching three English courses each semester, and raising three teenagers simultaneously. Currently, she is working on another Molly McBride adventure, tentatively called THE NEXT COMING RACE, and inspired by Edward Bullwer-Lytton’s classic “The Coming Race”, which melds pseudo-scienceand paranormal phenomenon in a race to save the world after a device left behind by aliens in the future is activated. Also in the works is THE REVENANT, a take on the current young adult vampire craze, I AM, HAVE BEEN, AND WILL BE ALICE, a time travel coming of age story, and CHICKEN OR EGG: A LOVE STORY, revolving around a time travel love triangle.
- York Region District School BoardTeacher, 2001 - presentTeacher of English and Computer Studies; some eLearning.
- EMSA PublishingAuthor, presentAuthor and publisher
- Toronto District School BoardTeacher, 1998 - 2001Teacher of English and Computer Studies.
Creating "Moments" So You Don't Bore Your Reader | Live Write Thrive
Creating Moments So You Don't Bore Your Reader talks about how writers can create powerful scenes by focusing on a moment