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Edymar… who?

This is where you get to know me a bit more.

Hi! I am Edymar, author of “The Monster Who Loved Throwing Stones,” a journalist and a proud mom.

(I have a last name that is difficult to pronounce [and remember!], but since I am quite attached to it, I decided to keep it as my author name. If you want to find out more about that, keep reading).

While I have always loved written words and I have quite a few notebooks filled with notes and unfinished drafts with different stories, I never took a step further with them. It was not until my five-year-old boy told me the story of a monster “who loved throwing stones,” and I started writing it for him and his two-year-old sister (guess what, she also loves throwing stones!), that it clicked that I had to finally get my stories (in this case our story) out to the world.

Though my son would say that I changed the story a bit from his original idea, the whole Monster thing is still his creation. His idea, my words and the beautiful illustrations made by our awesome illustrator Alejandra Moreno have brought Monster to live!  I am beyond proud and happy that my publishing career begins with a story created together and so close to our hearts.

This is just the beginning; there are more Monster books to unveil. And now I am more confident that many of the other stories scribbled in my notebooks will finally see the light of day. If you want to be informed of new releases, promos and cool giveaways you can sign up for my newsletter by clicking in this link.

A storyteller since I can remember

I fell in love with written words when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I started making up scary stories about ghosts and monsters to get my sister’s attention. I was so captured by the words, which felt as if someone else were whispering them to me, that I grabbed some pieces of paper and started writing the story.

From then onward, I tried to capture other stories with my own voice. And writing papers for schools became one of my favorite activities.

Talking about rhymes… oh!!! how I loved them! I remember my paternal grandfather sitting down with my sister and encouraging us to make up silly poems related to soaps (which really sounded like advertising). They were so fun that I started writing small poetry to my family members whenever they had a birthday.

I loved writing so much that it was only natural I would choose journalism as my career.

But who am I?

  • A Venezuelan by birth, though love led me to Norway a few years ago. I am happily married to an awesome Norwegian man and have two wonderful kids and a now grown up bonus son.
  • I am a journalist (a natural path for someone in love with writing) and worked for one of the biggest newspapers in Venezuela during the early 2000’s. I even won a prize at that time.
  • My mother tongue is Spanish, but I have been speaking English for quite a long time. I was 16 years old when I got a scholarship to study in the United States, so I went to school in a little town in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts (Northfield Mount Hermon School, anyone?). Afterwards I went further to study Cinema and Mass Communications at Denison University in another little town. This time in Granville, Ohio.
  • In addition to English and Spanish, I speak and write in Norwegian. I used to have a basic knowledge of French but I lost it completely when I started learning Norwegian.

Some fun facts about me

  • Jo March from Louisa M. Alcott’s “Little Women” was the biggest inspiration in my dream to pursue a career as a writer.
  • I don’t get tired of Disney movies (though I like the older films version more than the new ones). I can watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid again and again, and I always cry when I see Bambi.
  • I love Japanese anime: Mazinger Z and Candy (among many others) from my childhood. Sailor Moon, Samurai X and Fushigi Yuugi (The Mysterious Play) later on. I am also a fan of Studio Ghibli.
  • I’m terrified of wasps and bees. It doesn’t matter how many times I’m told that the best thing to do is to keep calm, I will still look like an air fan around them as I wave my arms and scream for help.
  • I love chocolate more than I should, and I feel like Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster when I am near some types of cookies.

Oh, yes! About my name…

If you have read up to this point, I might as well tell you a bit more about my name. My mom made up my name in a time when made-up names were not yet so common in my country. My dad wanted to name me after her, but she didn’t want to. So he said, “Then you need to find a name I like better than yours.”

So after deep thought, my mom came up with a mixture of their names: Edmon (my dad’s name) and Maria (her name) EDmon Y (“and” in Spanish) MARia –> Ed + y + mar = EDYMAR!

And as you may guess, my dad loved it, so it became my name.

When it comes to my last name like people in most Latin American countries; I have two family names: Ablan, which I got from my dad and Pacheco which I got from my mom. Most people just use the paternal last name, but I love using both. Besides, I feel I got the writing gene from both sides of the family, so I feel that by using their names, I honor those who came before me.

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