"Winky Solves A Mystery"
A Little History
Column by Max Elliot Anderson
As you saw earlier, I grew up as a reluctant reader. But when I was younger, my father also wrote children's books. "Winky Solves a Mystery," was published in 1948 when I was only 2 years old, and "Winky and the Ghost Lion" was published in 1950.
With a heritage like that, I should have known that I'd begin writing for children one day too. If you're dreaming of becoming a writer, my story should encourage you because if it can happen for me, it can happen for you.
Someone told me early in my writing journey that if you truly believe you can write and have the desire to do it, you're right. And if you don't fully believe you can do it, you're right. Each of us is unique with a fresh voice like none other. Look around you, write about your experiences. Write what you know and what you love. The path isn't an easy one, but then, if it were, the whole world would be writing books, right? Don't think of yourself as unpublished, think instead that you are only pre-published, and keep on working to be the very best you can possibly be.
NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!
A contract has been signed with Comfort Publishing to release a new kids adventure, When The Lights Go Out in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this September...so we never forget.
A contract signed for an audio book of Lost Island Smugglers.
I've just signed agreements for three devotionals titled, What Powdered Sugar? Where's Donn? and I See that Finger. These will appear in a book tentatively titled, The One Year Book of Laughter and Joy, to be published by Tyndale House in August of 2011.
My story “No Christmas Presents” has made it to the final selection round for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas (Working Title). Only about five percent of the submitted stories have made it this far. The vast majority of stories in this “last round” will appear in the book.
The publication date is scheduled for October 2010.
This is a hardcover Christmas gift book that will be available in addition to their other book for Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic.
I've now received the cover artwork for my new book, Barney and the Runaway from Comfort Publishing.
I had a true story published in the May – June 2005 issue of the Guideposts' sister publication, Angels on Earth. The title is, "His Eye is on the Sparrow." This is a harrowing, true life account of the time when my father and I were working on a documentary film, "Living Legends." The project was about life in the Native American homes of Indian Christians. We became lost in the Arizona wilderness in freezing temperatures. Our car was disabled and we had to spend the night. The next day we hiked out and found help. I hope you'll have a chance to read this story.Released early 2010
I have another true story, "Protecting and Avenging Angels" in book # 2 in the 12 book series from Guideposts, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer.
Released August 1st, 2010
Lost Island Smugglers
Book # 1 in the NEW Sam Cooper Adventure Series
Release Date- August 1, 2010
Max Elliot Anderson - Author
Readers 8 – 13 – Especially Boys - Action-Adventure-Mystery
Port Yonder Press – SharksFinn Imprint
Paperback – 263 pages - $12.95 US - $15.95 CAN
Distributor - Ingram
Captain Jack’s Treasure & River Rampage next in the series.
Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. Tony’s father owned a marina, so Tony got them in for free. After the boys completed the course, they decided to try their new skills in the ocean. The only problem was, none of them had permission to go, or to take one of the sailboats out for their diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm the boys had ever seen, blew up from out of nowhere, and they found themselves stranded on Lost Island. But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. What about those high-powered speedboats that mysteriously disappeared? And what were they going to tell their parents, even if they did get off the island?
"Legend of White Wolf" to be re-published in 2011
GO TO WHITE WOLF PAGE - Excerpt & Reviews
Special Message to Picture Book Publishers
In addition to my action-adventures & mysteries, for readers 8 and up, I also have manuscripts and concepts for several picture books. If you're interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barney and the Runaway can now be pre-ordered on Amazon. Listed at 70 pages, that will be corrected to 131 pages. Release date is March 1.
Lost Island Smugglers spotlighted in the August issue of Christian Retailing on page 32
My Father the AuthorRead a Biography of and see the latest books written by filmmaker and author Ken Anderson
GO TO Ken Anderson PAGE
"AN UNEXPECTED SONG"
By Max Elliot Anderson
Guideposts Weekly Feature
Click on the magazine cover to read story online.