Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

I have a ton of seriously talented friends and I'm more than happy to help them get a little bit of exposure here on my little blog. My good friend from high school, Mrs. Christine Ellis, may be the most talented of the bunch! Wife, mom, lawyer, professor...and now CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR! Just reading all that made me tired. I don't know how she does it all, so I asked. Here are her answers.

Me: What possessed you to add "author" to your already 3495874356-page long resume?

Chrissi: Ha! I have just recently allowed my resume to spill over onto two pages, but “author” has been on there for a few years inasmuch as a few boring legal articles I’ve written have been published. As far as adding “children’s author,” the hubbs and our baby son were my inspiration. Dean thought it would be adorable if our toddler were able to quote Shakespeare and we both agreed the best way to brainwash children is via brightly-colored pictures. Since there was not a product on the market to further our noble goal, I saw a niche and ran with it.
Photo credit: CJ Holiday

Me: Why Shakespeare and not, say, Dickens?

Chrissi: Ah, but you're giving away my secrets here! Dickens is absolutely next. As far as Shakespeare, lawyers love Shakespeare. I've actually quoted The Scottish Play in a brief before.

Me: Does your little one love these stories?

Chrissi: Yes, Gabriel finds each page tastier than the last.

Me: We love free things, but why are you giving your awesome books away to the general public?

Chrissi: For the same reason your friendly, local crack dealer gives you a free sample...to get you hooked! Then I jack up the price and pretty soon you're shoplifting at Walgreens and turning tricks just to fuel your addiction to my hand-illustrated adaptations of classic literature.

Wow, um, I hope she practices criminal law (terrible joke, sorry). And Holy Jesus, I didn't know she illustrated these bad boys herself, too! I feel like such an underachiever, but this isn't about me. Hooray, Chrissi! 

To get a FREE download of the first book in the Out of the Mouths of Babes Series, The Merchant of Venice, mosey on over to Smashwords before they're selling for $32854 each. 

2 comments

Anonymous said... August 11, 2011 at 6:53 AM

I for one am appalled that a children's author would use the phrase "turning tricks" in an interview.

Anonymous said... August 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Sheer genius- truly remarkable work. I hope she publishes more widely so I can buy!!

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