Eldonna Edwards grew up in a large family nestled between cornfields and church steeples in the provincial Midwest. She eventually escaped the harsh winters, moving to California where she expanded her career from journaling facilitator to author to beloved writer’s conference instructor and public speaker. Her best-selling debut novel THIS I KNOW features a clairvoyant preacher’s daughter who comes of age in the 1960s Midwest who is shunned by family and community. From Bookpage, “A pitch-perfect voice and a depth of feeling and honesty create an enveloping warmth that draws the reader in.” A Delilah Book Club selection and Publisher’s Marketplace 2018 Spring/Summer Buzz Book pick, THIS I KNOW is winning over the hearts and minds of readers everywhere."Luminous voices, unlikely heroes" is how Eldonna Edwards describes her books, stories about community–the places we live, the families we’re born into, and the tribes we gravitate toward. She prefers hometown settings peopled with recognizable characters from the grocery store, a neighborhood cafe or noisy schoolyard. Her books explore the bigger questions of one’s meaning and purpose, and the overlapping consequences of our choices, good and bad. Eldonna integrates humor into her stories to balance the complex and sometimes darker aspects of challenging situations. In her forthcoming novel, CLOVER BLUE, (Kensington/2019) Eldonna once again examines themes of otherness and belonging, and the true definition of home.
The author is also the subject of the award-winning documentary “Perfect Strangers” that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. Her 2014 memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION chronicles this life-changing decision. Eldonna currently lives and writes in a tiny pink house with her best friend, Brer.
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