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Saturday, April 05, 2014


Elizabeth Maria Naranjo Accepts a Contract to Publish Her Debut Novel with WiDo Publishing

The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo will be published by WiDo Publishing this spring! Elizabeth’s story is very inspirational as it sort of began right here at WOW! when Elizabeth read Moonlit by Jadie Jones. Moonlit was also a WiDo Publication and Elizabeth was so inspired by Jadie’s work she submitted The Fourth Wall to WiDo and the rest is history.

We are getting ready to help Elizabeth with her book launch and have set a date for her WOW! Blog Tour (July 21st – mark your calendars)! Elizabeth is no stranger to WOW! and has placed in many contests and she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her writing style is fantastic and her smile is contagious.

Congratulations Elizabeth!

For our readers, here is some additional information about The Fourth Wall and Elizabeth as well as a brief interview. Enjoy!!!

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

About the Author:

Elizabeth grew up writing short stories and bad poetry before escaping the cold winters of Wyoming and settling in the Sonoran Desert. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and two children, Abigail (11) and Gabriel (6). She still loves to write, but fortunately gave up on poetry. The Fourth Wall is her first novel.

Elizabeth’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Brain, Child, Phoenix New Times, Literary Mama, and is forthcoming in Brevity. Elizabeth is also an award-winning fiction writer; her short stories have been published in The Portland Review, Hospital Drive, SLAB Literary Magazine, andBartleby Snopes. Links to her work and information on classes/critiques can be found at

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-----Interview by Crystal J. Otto

WOW: Elizabeth, you've placed in several WOW! writing contests in the past; what advice would you give other authors who often submit their work for various contests?

Elizabeth: If it’s a WOW! contest, buy the critique. I’ve learned so much from having my work professionally reviewed. Other than that, keep trying. No writing is ever wasted—you get better the more you do it. And if you don’t place in a contest, resubmit your work. Keep it out there! When a submission is pending, there’s always hope, and as long as there’s hope, it’s hard to stay discouraged.

WOW: I think the hope is what keeps many of us going. You’re right on with your advice, thank you!

What did you do to celebrate when WiDo Publishing accepted your manuscript and offered you a contract? Who was the first person you told?

Elizabeth: I had actually celebrated my birthday the day before, so there was plenty of chocolate cake on hand (smiles). I texted my husband and then channeled all the great energy and got straight to work--starting my blog and trying to make sense of Twitter. My daughter wasn’t home at the time, and I remember that I couldn’t wait to pick her up and tell her the news. She was one of my first beta readers.

WOW: MMM… chocolate cake, coffee, and the support of a good man…sounds like a trifecta to me!

You don't seem like the type to sit still for long. What's next? What are you working on now?

Elizabeth: Right now I’m camping out at Camp NaNoWriMo, working on my second book. Writing is such a solitary activity—it’s fun teaming up with fellow authors and cheering each other on. Even if our campsite is a virtual one, it works. So that’s what I’m up to, but I’m also gearing up for summer, planning this book launch. It’s exciting and scary and fun. I’m glad WOW! is coming along for the ride.

WOW: Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us Elizabeth! We can’t wait to start booking blog stops for your upcoming The Fourth Wall WOW! tour and I personally can’t wait to start reading !!!

Elizabeth has scheduled her tour of The Fourth Wall beginning July 21st – we hope you’ll be part of this exciting opportunity!

----------Blog Tour Dates

Monday, July 21 @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!

To view all our touring authors, check out our Events Calendar. Keep up with blog stops and giveaways in real time by following us on Twitter @WOWBlogTour.

Get Involved! If you have a website or blog and would like to host one of our touring authors or schedule a tour of your own, please email us at

Crystal is a mother, church musician, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Reedsville, Wisconsin with her husband, three young children (Carmen 7, Andre 5, Breccan 6 months), two dogs, two rabbits, four little piggies, and over 200 Holsteins. You can find Crystal blogging and reviewing books and all sorts of other stuff at:

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Blogger Sioux said...

Elizabeth--Congratulations. Your great news will--I'm sure--result in your surging forward on your second, book

4:38 AM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth. What a very exciting and inspiring story. I hope I can be part of your blog tour! :) I love all the books I've read with WiDo publishing so far.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth! I've been a fan of your short stories for years and I can't wait to read a novel-length work. I'm so excited for you! Your blog tour is going to be fantastic. :)

11:48 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Maria Naranjo said...

Thanks, everyone. :)

9:01 AM  

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