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Press Kit

SHORT BIO:

 

C.W. Allen is a Midwestern transplant to rural Utah where she serves as the President-Elect of the League of Utah Writers. She writes long stories for children and short stories for former children. Keep up with her latest projects at cwallenbooks.com.

LONG BIO:

C.W. Allen is a Nebraskan by birth, a Texan by experience, a Hoosier by marriage, and a Utahn by geography. She knew she wanted to be a writer the moment she read The Westing Game at age twelve, but took a few detours along the way as a veterinary nurse, an appliance repair secretary, and a homeschool parent. She writes long stories for children and short stories for former children. When she's not writing, she helps other writers hone their craft as the President-Elect of the League of Utah Writers.


Her debut novel Relatively Normal Secrets is the winner of the Gold Quill award, being named the best children's book of the year by a Utah author, and was NetGalley's #1 children's audiobook of 2022. The Falinnheim Chronicles series continues with The Secret Benefits of Invisibility (Cinnabar Moth, 2022) and Tales of the Forgotten Founders (Cinnabar Moth, 2023). She also has shorter work published in numerous anthologies. Keep up with her latest projects at cwallenbooks.com.


APPEARANCES AND INTERVIEWS

 

To invite C.W. Allen to speak at schools, writing conferences, and conventions, or arrange an interview for podcasts, blogs, or media articles, please contact her at cwallenbooks@gmail.com.

MEDIA LINKS

 

Relatively Normal Secrets book talk video for students

Relatively Normal Secrets read with the author video for students
The Secret Benefits of Invisibility 
book talk video for students

The Secret Benefits of Invisibility read with the author video for students

Tales of the Forgotten Founders read with the author video for students

Relatively Normal Secrets Gold Quill Award press release

Relatively Normal Secrets NetGalley category win press release
Audio Interview on The Writers Triangle (September 3, 2021)

Print Interview by The Avid Reader (September 15, 2021)

Guest article "The Perks of Writing Holidays" (November 7, 2021)

Audio Interview on The Writers Triangle (June 5, 2022)

Print Interview with author Deborah-Zenha Adams (June 8, 2022)

Guest article "Writing Middle Grade: The Power of In-Between" (June 14, 2022)

Print Interview by Books in the Hall (June 15, 2022)

Video Interview on E Train Talks (June 15, 2022)

Guest article "Create Your Own Masterclass: Reading with a Student's Eye" (June 17, 2022)
Print Interview
 by Bonnie Reads and Writes (September 16, 2022)

Audio Interview on The Writers Triangle (June 3, 2023)

Print Interview by Books in the Hall (June 5, 2023)

PUBLISHED WORKS

Novels

              Awards: Gold Quill Award winner, Eric Hoffer Award middle reader runner up, First Horizons award finalist, 

          Whitney Award nominee, Cybils Award nominee, Readers' Favorite starred review

  • The Secret Benefits of Invisibility (Cinnabar Moth Publishing, 2022)  buy link  blurb and cover art
         Awards: Gold Quill Award winner, Whitney Award nominee, Cybils Award nominee

  • Tales of the Forgotten Founders (Cinnabar Moth Publishing, 2023)   buy link  blurb and cover art

         Awards: Silver Quill Award winner
 

Contributor

  • Body Be Gone anthology: "Mum's the Word" (Tesseray Publishing, 2020)  read free online
         Awards: Body Be Gone grand prize winner

  • Inkpot literary journal: "The Raven's Way" (2021)  read free online

  • Anthology of Hope: "Lullaby for the Weary Grown" (Glass Spider Publishing, 2021)  buy link
          Awards: Bronze Quill Award winner

  • Strong at Broken Places anthology: "Saturday Magic" (LUW Press, 2021)  buy link

  • Red Rocks in My Socks anthology: "Rules for Hunting Jackalopes" (OdieGroup Press, 2021)  buy link

  • Art and Sedition anthology: "All in a Day's Work" (LUW Press, 2022)  buy link
       Awards: Silver Typewriter Award winner

  • Ancestry Data Conglomerate anthology: "The Platinum Option" (FIGID Press, 2022)   buy link
       Awards: Typewriter Award Recommended Read

  • We Are Dangerous anthology: "Levronia City Jail, 12:36am" (LUW Press, 2023)   buy link

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