About Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna Edwards is a beloved writing instructor, keynote speaker and former creative journaling facilitator, who grew up in a large family nestled between cornfields and churches in the provincial Midwest, an upbringing that provided a fertile background from which to harvest setting and characters. The voice in her best-selling debut novel THIS I KNOW comes straight from the heart. This I Know, won over the hearts and minds of readers everywhere and was a Delilah Book Club selection. In her second novel, CLOVER BLUE (June 2019) Eldonna once again explores themes of otherness and belonging, and the true definition of home. She 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 memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION also chronicles this life-changing decision. Eldonna eventually escaped the harsh winters, moving to California. She currently lives and writes in a tiny pink house with her best friend, Brer. 

Eldonna is drawn to 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. She currently lives on the central California coast with her long-term partner Brer and beloved 4-legged companion Bella.

Eldonna is available as a keynote speaker and/or breakout session facilitator on the topics of  organ donation, writing memoir & fiction or screenings of the documentary, Perfect Strangers.  Click on the contact button above to inquire about fees and available dates for your church, workplace, conference or organization. For press or publicity inquiries about her novels, please contact Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Assoc.

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