A message from Tephra...
"I firmly believe that stories have the power to change the world. In order to rise above poverty, destitution, segregation, bias, and prejudice we have to have a vision to hold on to like the rising of the sun. My hope is that my writing helps those who have no opportunity, see the world of possibilities.”
Don’t miss this action-packed fantasy thriller for tweens, teens and young adults that is so much more than just a story!
‘Escape to Clown Town’ lives, breathes and fearlessly tells a coming-of-age tale of a young girl that is swept up in a journey that is bigger than she ever imagines. It inspires those who read it to dream big and overcome adversity. It has a diverse melting pot of characters that mirrors the world we live in, which forces us to reflect on society. This new breed of writing that embraces innocence and fearlessly tackles the true meaning of evil. Inspired by the old works of Tolkien, Lewis and Jane Austen, it throws itself into an exquisitely crafted universe that successfully marries the whimsicality of fantasy with an in-depth look at good versus evil.
The adventure continues in book 2 of the Clown Town Adventures series. Duchess looked over at the large purple gumdrop running beside her in despair. Her head wouldn’t stop pounding and sweat began to burn her eyes. I must be dreaming, she thought to herself. The sound of General Sharaya’s voice quickly reminded her that she was very much awake, but all Duchess could remember was lying on a hard cement floor in the dark dungeons of Clown Town. Even though Duchess finally finds out the truth about the nature of Jax and the clowns, one true friend comes to her rescue and the journey to Pearl City begins.
The Legend of the Star Scrolls
Don't miss book 3 in the Clown Town Adventures series! The Legend of the Star Scrolls is a collection of letters, stories, and scrolls that were assembled by Polus in the age of the council of Crepesculum. Learn the history of the universe from the words of the great celestials, Lords, and teachers of the thirteen realms.
For the Wee One's
Join Zuwena on her first adventure in...
A MONSTER OR A MICROWAVE
An out of this world whimsical, colorful and rhyming tale that encourages a big imagination, silliness and all things FUN! Join Zuwena as she faces her greatest enemy with the help of her friends.
The Sparkle Riot Crew & the Kid From Star Quad 9
Don't miss this early reader adventure with a sci-fi twist!
Meet the Sparkle Riot Crew! A group of rambunctious seven-year-olds that run Edgewater Glen Elementary school in Chicago, Illinois. The Sparkle Riot Crew consists of the twins Virginia and Shaquille Sparkle and Ginger and Barnaby Riot. As kids of Chicago detectives Bernadette Sparkle and Bruce Riot, this crew is genuinely about having each other’s back. In book 1, the Sparkle Riot Crew finds themselves in the middle of a class debacle when their teacher, Mrs. Lucas’ finger lights, goes missing. When the Sparkle Riot Crew blames the new kid on the block, they learn a valuable lesson about getting the facts straight and what makes Fabiano Lucchini so special. Join the riotous ride as the Sparkle Riot Crew learns about family, gratitude, getting the facts straight, friendship, and making everyone feel welcome, even if they’re from another planet.
For the Grown Ups
THE FALLEN & THE UNREDEEMED
Earth has yet to see who we really are...
In the year of the Grand Phoenix year 6058, the humans have created advanced weaponry and are now invading other worlds and exporting their natural resources back to Earth–for the survival of the human race. Humanity stumbles upon the resource-rich, war-torn planet of Rangarai and invades quickly. The locals were identical to humans and easy to kill but they developed powers soon after entering Earth's atmosphere. The humans put electromagnetic collars on their captives from Rangarai that kept their powers at bay, for a time.
Ghatrik, a Rangarai fighter that was brought to Earth in the early days of the invasion, has sentenced himself to live out his remaining days wandering the Earth alone. The humans have begun herding the nomadic Rangarai or cruds (as they call them) back into refugee camps and Ghatrik begins to search for a way home. The normally violent refugee camp is abnormally calm, which puts Ghatrik on edge. A kind stranger worms their way into Ghatrik’s confidence and tells him of a way back to Rangarai that forces Ghatrik to confront his violent past of war and genocide of the Fatwe clan.
About the Author
Tephra Miriam is an avid thought leader, author of middle-grade novel 'Escape to Clown Town', graphic artist, photographer, musician, producer and entrepreneur with a passion for change. Tephra grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was 18 years old, where she currently resides. Her search for adventure took her far and wide at a young age and she continues to mentor, learn, work and speak all over the US. Tephra is a firm believer in redefining the way we think and live. She is a wellness advocate and often blogs on organizational development, challenging the status quo and creating a holistic work environment. Tephra believes that creating space in your life to play, imagine and dream is vital in problem-solving, stress management and innovation. As a product of 12 years of homeschooling, Tephra started out at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois before transferring to DePaul University and receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in People and Organizations and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Professional Studies with a concentration in Fiction and Non-Fiction Media Studies.
News & Mentions
Publication: Author Voices
Author Voices is a web gazette created to inspire authors and lifelong readers. What started out as a simple idea of an online journal is now a source of essential writing resources and tips for aspiring writers and authors.
Publication: The Table Read
Editor-in-Chief JJ Barnes interviews children's book and fantasy author Tephra Miriam about her career and her writing. In this piece, Tephra talks about what inspires her and motivates her, the experience of creating her characters, and the advice she has to inspire others.
“When we walk new paths, we often stumble upon new gateways to unknown knowledge about ourselves, the world and the people around us.”
- Sat, Nov 06Benjamin Hooks Regional LibraryNov 06, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDTBenjamin Hooks Regional Library, Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111, USAIn partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Memphis Chapter, we bring you the Black Child Book Fair! This giant literacy celebration will feature diverse authors from around the U.S. Come and experience original books for children of all ages!