The Diary of a Lollipop in a Peanut FactoryJane Elissa wrote this book to inspire other people to volunteer and help raise money for charities. Because of her charity work Jane Elissa's life took an expected turn. Diary of a Lollipop in a Peanut Factory follows Jane's growth as an artist in search of identity and a woman in need of emotional help and personal happiness. How Jane morphed into a Broadway designer/charity fundraiser extraordinaire is a heroic New York story that only she could live to tell.
Jane Elissa is a New York based artist creating artwork on canvas combining elements of paint, created appliques, vintage materials and tapestries. As an artist specializing in exalting Broadway and Times Square in collage formats on all mediums, Jane ran her atelier and set up shop in the heart of the theater district on Broadway. The stars of stage and screen were attracted to Jane's artistic rendering of Broadway, her original clothing designs, and her flamboyant personality. Not only did actresses revel in wearing her creations and making her name well known, but they invited co-stars to appear with them at fashion shows raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for leukemia research. Jane's mother, who has been plagued by the disease, was the inspiration for her daughter's passion to organize an annual charitable event.
Jane Elissa was nominated Woman of the Year 2012 by Michele Przypyszny, Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of Leukemia& Lymphoma Society(LLS) for her dedication and volunteer work in the past 25 years raising funds for cancer and leukemia research through her benefits and design with the support of her team: Team Extravaganza.
A percentage of the book sale profits will be donated to further research for the LLS and other charities.
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My book is actually a very New York celebrity story wrapped around putting on fundraising events for charity. When my mother was diagnosed with Leukemia, I wanted to volunteer to raise money but being a crazy artist in my real life I never seemed to have enough money to pay the rent so how was I ever going to fundraise. Well, if you have good intentions sometimes miracles happen and I would say that my life has been somewhat of many little fortunate miracles.
That is why I wrote the book to encourage other people to volunteer and find their own amazing miracles.
The title of the book is "Diary of a Lollipop in a Peanut Factory" by Jane Elissa......
So even though I wrote an inspriational book, my favorite genre is mystery and secondly romance. THe people at Decadent asked me to be sure to include the romance element in my book and I am grateful that I did because everyone who has read it really enjoyed that part. I intend to write another book about that romance in more detail as there is a much greater and interesting story to tell. I also found that it was difficult to write about my personal life as I am a VERY shy person. I did it because Lisa from Decadent was absolutely lovely and encouraging and she was right to ask me to be very honest in the book.
I have only been an author for a little over a year. I was an English teacher and an Art teacher so it was very easy for me to come up with the cover for the book and to write. But I will say that my biggest surprise in writing the book was that the editing process was very difficult for me. It was very easy to write the book as I always have been able to write.....But to be edited and edit myself was an arduous task. It took much longer than actually writing the book.
I am hopeful that when I have some time I will be able to finish another book that I started which is going to be a comedy, mystery set in New York at an off track betting parlor. I have started it and parts of it are fantasy and parts reality. It seems to be fun to make things up and embellish them as I do in my art work.
I can honestly tell you that I have begun to do book signings and I find it wonderfully fulfilling to meet people who have worked to raise money for charity and are motivated by my book. But I have such a hard time being in front of people. I never like being the focus and yet I often am. That is a strange thing to say about myself but it is true. I do not mind the focus on my art, but on me personally it is difficult.
If your readers would like to see who Jane Elissa really is please go to janeelissa.com and hatsforhealth.com and they can see the products we make. I also have a facebook page and a page for the book on facebook. THere is also information about me if they just google my name and they can see a lot about the charity work I have done. As a matter of fact I am preparing for an event at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday October 8th with performers from Broadway and daytime television. If anyone would like to come, please check my website for charity events and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have also been asked to tell you people the naughtiest thing I have ever done and since I am an artist you can use your imagination to figure out all the naughty things I might have done. Believe me, I started painting and drawing nudes when I was in high school so I never had any inhibitions about the human body. I will let everyone use their imagination and tell you that the next book will have some of my crazy scenes in it.
I think my book is different because it offers a slice of life that most people may want to know about but never experience. I actually was on Broadway, on Television and met some of the biggest celebrities in entertainment and I detail these experiences with pictures in the book.
I am also offering a free book and a matching postcard and shotglass to the winner of this giveaway.
I hope you have learned something about me and if you want to know more, just get in touch.
I'd like to thank Jane for her generous work, and for sharing her experience with us today. To win her signed print book and swag please leave a comment with your email address' and follow this blog to be entered.
We will announce her winner on Tuesday Oct. 8th.
~Author Jennifer Labelle~