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Meet Team Elliott

It’s publication day! Dark Moon of Avalon is officially out in the world!

I get asked very often about how, as a mother of 2 young children, I manage to do it all. The answer is, I don’t. I really don’t. I may write the books, but for the rest, I have my entire family standing behind me backing me up and reaching, octopus-like, for all the balls I could never keep up in the air on my own. They’re so great. I can’t honestly remember who came up with the name Team Elliott. Mum? Dad? Husband? All are good possibilities. But without them, my books would never, ever make it onto the bookshelves. So to celebrate the book launch of Dark Moon of Avalon, I’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes and introduce you to the team. (And these are in no particular order, believe me, every member is a key player on this team).

Team Elliott member 1: my husband, Nathan.
When I was an aspiring writer, he always there to dry my tears every time a rejection letter came. Now he’s my webmaster, research assistant, business manager, full-time co-parent . . . he has so many hats I have no idea how he wears them all.

Team Elliott member 2: my dad.
Besides teaching me to write in the first place, my dad is one of my first readers, giving me invaluable feedback at every step of the process. He’s also been known to respond–in the middle of his own busy workday, too!–to my plea for help on writing jacket cover copy. He’s that awesome.

Team Elliott member 3: my mom.
Ahhh, that tiny baby in the picture is now walking and talking! How did that happen?! But anyway, in her guise as Book Trailer Magic, my video-production trained mom makes all my trailers. She designs magnets and bookplates for free giveaways, babysits my children . . . I definitely chose well when I picked her for my mother!

Team Elliott member 4: my mother-in-law
My lovely mother-in-law travels to visit us nearly every month to help out. She plays with my girls, who purely adore her, so that I can squeeze in a bit of extra writing time. And further amazing things happen while she’s here–mountains of laundry in the basement gets folded! Ready-made meals appear in my freezer! My house gets dusted! Truly a miracle.

Team Elliott member 5: My father-in-law:
My father-in-law doubles as a handyman/publicist. He arrives for a visit and instantly starts taking care of all the around-the-house projects we never have time for ourselves. He hands out my business cards at nearly every gathering he attends, too.

Team Elliott members 6 and 7: my curly-haired girls:
(me being buried under a pile of curly-haired girls)

I once heard an author threaten to dedicate her book: ‘To my children, without whom this book would have been finished sooner.’ Which made me laugh. But truly, without my two girls, I would never have been able to write the books I do. My girls make the whole world new again by letting me see it through their eyes, crack my heart open and let me feel a million times more deeply than I ever could have before. They are also very handy at combatting procrastination. Nothing gets me running to the computer like the knowledge that the clock is ticking on the end of nap-time.

I have a whole legion of adjunct team-members, too–like my writing partner Sarah, beta-reader Shanra and so many wonderful book bloggers who have showed enthusiasm and support for Trystan and Isolde.

How do authors without a team of their own possibly manage? I have no idea. I’m so, so lucky to have my team in my corner, though! So I dedicate this release day to you all: Dark Moon of Avalon and I would never have made it this far without all of you!

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3 Responses to “Meet Team Elliott”

  1. Daphne Says:
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations on the publication of our second book! I am so excited to read it (which I will be doing next week probably – I have one to finish and one ahead of it). It looks like you have a great team behind you!

  2. Daphne Says:
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    AGHHHHHHH – my fingers got ahead of me – of course I meant “your” book!!!

  3. Laura Masselos Says:
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Congratulations Anna, how quickly has is gone in between the release of Book 1 & Book 2 though? It’s simply crazy! I very much look forward to reading it, it’s on it’s way so hopefully I’ll dive into it & post a review within a week or so. I PROMISE to write an extra long email to you over the weekend. Hope you are all well. *hugs* Laura x

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"...Anna Elliott has fashioned a worthy addition to the Arthurian and Trystan and Isolde cycles... This Isolde steps out from myth to become a living, breathing woman and one whose journey is heroic." -- Margaret George, author of Helen of Troy

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