Emilyann Allen (pseudonyms include Emilyann Phoenix and Emilyann Girdner) is an American author, artist, and business innovator. In the literary world, she is best known as the creator of the Coloring Novels™ book format and the author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series). Emilyann’s innovative fantasy books bridge fantasy and YA dystopian styles. Readers say the fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in Emilyann’s Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure.
Emilyann’s creative works and entrepreneurial ventures are a reflection of some of her favorite mottos, such as “keep imagining” and “live limitless.” Her writing and art have appeared across various publications and websites including Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings, Examiner.com, and more. She has been a guest at events with numerous organizations, some of which include Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, AltCon, and MegaCon Fan Days. Entertainment industry pros such as actor Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings, Rudy, 50 First Dates, and more) and author Crystal Collier (Maiden of Time Trilogy) are talking about Emilyann’s work. KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando, Miami.com, Orlando Weekly, Street Insider, Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee Magazine, and WorldNews are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann.
Emilyann was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five when she moved to Tallahassee, Florida. She spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing. Emilyann also studied Graphic Design at Stephens College which included entrepreneurial and marketing training. She eventually graduated with a BFA in Digital Art and a minor in Art History (Missouri State University).
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KCFV News Interview
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Emilyann’s Press & Media Kit
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Writing and Publications:
The Forgotten Dream (Obsidian Series Book 3, 2017)
The Haunted Realm (Obsidian Series Book 2, 2015)
Legends of the Conjuring Gift Short Story (2015)
Sound & Communications Article (2015)
The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series Book 1, 2014)
Protective Enclosures Company Blog Author (2014-Current)
Easter Seals Florida Blog Co-Author (2013)
Center for Work Life Blog Co-Author (2013)
Examiner.com Vegetarian Food Examiner (2012)
MU Museum of Art & Archaeology Paper Author (2008)
Press, Literary, Academic & Other Mentions:
- Mandarin High School Newspaper
- Supercon Guest
- Sean Astin (Mention)
- Florida Times Union
- Broadway World Books
- City Surfing Orlando
- Megacon Fan Days (Book Launch)
- Wizard World Comic Con Guest
- Florida Geek Scene
- Orlando Weekly (B&N event)
- Street Insider
- Orlando Talent Magazine
- Class Notes Highlight: Missouri State
- Author Crystal Collier (Favorite Books Mention)
- POC PR (Best-Selling Novel Gains Traction)
- PR Web
- Tallahassee Democrat
- Tallahassee Magazine
- XYZ (B&N event)
- Central Florida Top 5
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Emilyann’s Press Photos & Videos:
Emilyann Allen and Tony LeBron
“The Creativity Engine: Where Does the Power Come From?” Panel
Genese Davis, Emilyann Allen and J.J. Sedelmaier
Photo Credit: Luminous Words Press
A Sample Interview Q&A with Emilyann Allen:
Jo Rowling was inspired on a train to write Harry Potter and Stephanie Myers had a dream that started the Twilight series. How did The Labyrinth Wall come about?
Ever since I saw the movie Labyrinth as a child, I’ve been fascinated with labyrinths. What a playground for imagination? Anything could be lurking around the corner. So I’ve always been interested in writing in the setting of a labyrinth. But then I thought, “What if an entire civilization was living in a labyrinth… and they didn’t know anything different? What if I wrote a story from the perspective of a girl within a labyrinth culture?”
I began to think about the characters in this world and thought, “What if I explore a character that never had a childhood because they are actually a creation? So as a writer I am forced into a very strange perspective of someone learning to understand themselves and others for the first time?” And of course, where better to explore all of this than in a labyrinth, a place that holds so much mystery and possibility?
And writing the book was pretty exciting too! The Labyrinth Wall was written during my brief time living in a semi-truck and traveling the country. It was an adventure!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I get this question a lot (or inquiries along this line). It’s more like people say to me, “I saw how you were getting at issues of repression” or they mention freedom, and companionship. It’s funny because I don’t want to be a preachy person by any means, so I wouldn’t say I’m writing messages that I want people to grasp. I’d more describe my writing as my own process of working through life’s struggles. If my journey of internalizing and learning through writing does grasp readers and mean something to them as well, that’s wonderful. And that is something I hear from people who have read The Labyrinth Wall, which is a great blessing.
Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?
There are so many I love! But if I have to narrow it down, I’d say Terry Brooks is my favorite author. The Elf Queen of Shannara has been my favorite book since I first read it in eighth grade, which is also about the time my love of writing truly began taking hold. I loved writing since I was little, but that’s when I really started doing it more in my free time. Over the years many others and encouraging people like family and teachers have inspired me to write. I’d also say that stylistically I picked up some influence from Suzanne Collins for the Obsidian Series.
Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?
I stop sleeping when I’m writing. I become so invested in a project when I’m writing that I hardly sleep at night because I’m busy writing and I walk around day dreaming the story during the day. I suppose I’m pretty immersed when I get in the zone.
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