Last Updated 6/21/2017
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Yecheilyah is an author, blogger, and poet residing in the Shreveport, LA area. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, red wine, and movie nights. Originally from Chicago, IL, “EC” studied Professional and Technical Writing at Chicago State University and Medical Assistance at Everest College. Writing for eighteen years and publishing books for ten years, Yecheilyah is also passionate about working with children and wishes to return to teaching in some capacity. In 2014, she founded Literary Korner Publishing, the publishing company under which she publishes her work and her personal blog, The PBS Blog. Yecheilyah writes Literary and Historical Fiction and is currently revising Revelation, book two in The Nora White Story and working to release other projects in the near future. Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) is set to release July 15, 2017.
EC writes and blogs full time.
Contact Yecheilyah at:
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- Author Spotlight with Dottie Daniels
- Book Release Blog Party: Stella Book 2 with Colleen Chesebro
- Smorgasboard Open House with Sally Cronin
- Update 2017: Update on Yecheilyah with Sally Cronin
- Book Promotions: Guest Post with Jason Cushman
- Guest Author Yecheilyah with Chris Graham
- Author Interview with Jean Alexander
- Special Edition: 20 Questions with Don Massenzio
- Guest Post: Negro Spirituals a Historical Document
- Radio Show Feature: The Magic Happens Radio with Annette Aben
- Basics Every Indie Author Needs Before Publishing a Book
- Author Platforms Made Easy: A Simple Look at Platform Building with Sue Vincent
- Why I Ditched My Blog Sidebar
- My Ingredients for a Series
- An Author’s Journey: 3 Lessons I’ve Learned this Year (2016) with Kim
- Featured Author Yecheilyah Ysrayl
- Enjoy the Journey
- The Broke Author’s Secret Weapon with Kevin Morris
- It is Worth It with Chris Graham
- Literacy’s Role in African American Education
- Getting the Most Out Your Guest Blog Post
- Book Reading @ Sally’s Cafe
- 21 Questions: Author Interview with Dan Alatorre
- Indie Shine
- 15 Lessons I Learned about Writing So Far
- Speaking it Into Existence
Excerpt of Book Reviews
“Yecheilyah Ysrayl takes us on a colorful and thought provoking journey through the eyes of a mulatto slave woman Stella. Generations later, Stella’s descendant Cynthia May has no idea of Stella’s life as a slave, nor the true identity of their bloodline. Since Cynthia is a racist she is in for a rude awakening. Stella is reminiscent of a wonderfully written slave narrative, a story of history and pain, it is brilliant opener of the Stella series.“
“Stella: Beyond the Colored Line is a fascinating walk through the ages–from slavery, to segregation, to the black power movement, to modern times. Through the eyes of one mixed race woman, the author touches on major events in African American history, allowing the reader to experience them in real time. The story deepens when Stella decides to live as a white woman and raise her children as whites. As her family grows and develops within a changing society, Stella and her children reveal complex perspectives and attitudes that make it clear that it doesn’t matter who your ancestors were. Nothing is just simply black or white.”
“The third in a series, The Road to Freedom – Joseph’s Story is able to stand alone. However, in order to get the full experience of the story arc, it would be a good idea to start from the beginning. It was very well written. Historical without being boring. Accurate but not preachy. Brutal without over-dramatizing. It would be appropriate for teen and adult readers alike. In particular, I would recommend it for literature classes or history classes. It’s only 65 pages long and it provides ample discussion topics with authentic learning opportunities. Adults who want to read it for personal growth should absolutely do so. I finished this book days ago, and I’m still thinking about it.”
– Mama Pete
“If something is wrong, you don’t sit back and let the wrong continue. You go out and you do your part to change it.” If the above quote speaks to you, you should read this book. The cast of characters are mostly young teenagers who want to change the world, but first need a plan. They all have different life experiences and bring their own perspectives to what they want to accomplish, which is really good for showing the reader other aspects (instead of just the narrator’s point of view). Right away on their journey, the group encounters racism that affects them all, yet some more than others. There are no exaggerations on the violence depicted, which can be a wake-up call for readers who don’t have as much knowledge of this part of history. The story itself leads to further research by grabbing the reader’s interest in gaining more knowledge about this period of time.”
– Swimming Through Literature
“Yecheilyah is a gifted poet and writer of which I have had the pleasure of getting to know the last couple of years. She writes evocative literature dedicated to the promotion of African American culture and American literature.”
– Colleen Chesebro
“I consider myself and anyone else aware of her to be pretty lucky already as this author has a pretty powerful perspective and is more than capable of articulating her experiences and thought processes as it relates to the cultural upbringing of the African American experience. Her name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl.”
– Dottie Daniels
When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be and struggles to accept her prestigious family’s dark secrets.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?
Works in Progress
- Revelation: The Nora White Story (Book 2)
- If Your Blog was a Resume
- BREATHE: Letters of Writespiration to Keep You Motivated, Inspired, and Writing
- I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (a memoir)