E.W. (Emily Williams) Skinner was a protege of the late master of the pulps or paperback originals, Harry Whittington. Skinner interviewed Whittington during her days as a feature writer for the Clearwater Sun daily newspaper and its weekly division. They became friends and he taught her how to plot and gave her approval of the original outline and sample chapter for her adult novel, â€śMarquelâ€ť shortly before he died.
After Whittington passed away, Skinner challenged herself to write as her mentor did and wrote a chapter a day and finished the novel â€śMarquelâ€ť in 52 days. The novel â€śMarquelâ€ť is named for Skinnerâ€™s daughter Marquel, but it is not about her daughter.
Fast forward, a second daughter Blair is born and Skinner and husband Tom focus on raising their family. Skinner came up with the idea of naming books after her children when she was 15. Sheâ€™s not sure why she came up with the idea.
â€śSt. Blair: Children of the Nightâ€ť is a young adult paranormal appropriately named after Skinnerâ€™s youngest daughter, Blair. A devoted Catholic, Skinner released the ebook version of â€śSt. Blair: Children of the Nightâ€ť on All Saints Day 11/1/13. The print version was released May 2014.
When Skinner isnâ€™t working as a marketing consultant or writing, she enjoys traveling and producing short films. Skinner is the proud Executive Producer of Blair Skinnerâ€™s films â€śRelative Eternityâ€ť and â€śEleanora, The Forgotten Princess,â€ť as well as Marquel Skinnerâ€™s web series www.anamead.com