AUTHOR LYLE ERNST: MAN OF THE RIVER AND AT HOME ON THE MISSISSIPPI
NEVER MORE AT HOME THAN ON THE BANKS OF A RIVER
A free-lance journalist, Lyle has contributed
news stories, feature stories, and columns to various
newspapers, including the Cedar Rapids Gazette,
Clayton County Register, Waukon Standard and
Allamakee Journal in Iowa, along with the Courier
Press in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
He is currently free-lancing for The Moline Dispatch,
The Rock Island Argus and The Review in Illinois. Lyle
also contributes to The Radish Magazine and Our
LYLE ERNST IS A TRUE ENIGMA:
Rarely do you hear any writer say they
love to edit, but if there was a business called “Editing “R” Us”, he
would be the CEO.
No matter the content, or genre, he is there for the writer. He
makes himself available personally and one to one with any author
he works with. His patience is part of the package deal when he is
working with clients. His fees do not reflect his talent and ability,
but rather the fees tell the story of a man who loves the written
word and wants to mentor and encourage any writer, of any level
to keep writing.
Imagine saving a life time of accumulated writings and thinking
when you retire it will all come together. I was such a dreamer,
and found myself incredibly frustrated when I wanted to submit my
works to editors, but found the expectations of submissions had
gone “high tech, and meticulous”. Those weren’t anywhere close
to describing my writings.
I met Lyle at a writer’s conference and immediately contacted him.
We met at his favorite business office; the Village Inn in
Davenport, Iowa. I showed him my writing and my dilemma. I
couldn’t even imagine trying to get queries, synopsis and chapters
ready for my novels. He admitted to being a little amazed at the
number of books I had written and helped me formulate a plan to
reach out to publishers/editors and agents. He did some “Reality
Therapy for a Writer 101″ and helped me through.
Today, Lyle has done edits on seven books, helped me realize
content needs and was a resource for seeking out editors. agents
and submission planning. I don’t know where I would be without
him, as he helped me engage my writings into photo journalism
areas, to fill my need for more “immediate gratification” than novels
I wanted to give this testimonial on his website so others know
he’s the real deal and for anyone beginning their career as a writer,
here is no one better
Joyce Godwin Grubbs
Author from the Grassroots
LYLE ERNST GONE WILD? NOPE: JUST "WORKING HIS HAT"
No he isn't really commiting a crime.He may be a
little obsessed about mysteries and thrillers, but he truly is a
hardworking, straight arrow guy.
The hat is his very favorite. He really couldn't leave Oklahoma without it. What was he doing in Oklahoma considering he is an Iowa boy you may be asking.?He was pursuing another of his interests. Things having to do with his favorite actor, Tom Mix. He loved being in the Blue Bell saloon in Guthrie and talking about Tom Mix with others.The Blue Bell is the oldest restaurant/saloon in Oklahoma. While the food is a "draw them in the the door" item it is the reputation of the place that keeps you there and brings you back. Tom Mix was a bartender here before he went to Hollywood and found stardom.
Long before that you could have found quite a "den of politicians and colorful people".
AUTHOR'S NEW RELEASE: GARAGE BAND: ROCKING SINCE 1965
Lyle is enthused about writing the biography of the colorful rock and roll band "Mourning Dayze": Still rocking since 1965.
It was a personal "labor of love" and one he devoted 7 years to writing in order to be sure he "captured the true essence" of their place in "rock n' roll" history. Knowing the members of the band, and their beginnings in a sparse garage, he knew they had a "survival story" to tell. They still have a fan base all over the country. They were in a "cherished gig" for 28 years with dozens of bands and "youngsters" trying to usurp their place as the "house band"; yet they held on with the enthusiastic support of their fans and stellar experience.
Theirs promises to be a book inspiring young musicians to traverse the roller coaster that is the world of music and to remember it is about "the journey, not the destination." Their story is being told in a way that any aspiring musician can appreciate and relate to.
One thing you can count on with Lyle's biographies is that he will spend a great deal of time in personal research and contact. He will take the time to nurture the bond with the subjects in order to bring to the surface the essence of who they are and what their message is about their lives.
TELLING THE STORY OF THE INCOMPRABLE "MOURNING DAYZE BAND" OF WISCONSIN 1965
LYLE ERNST AND LONG TIME WRITING PARTNER, OJIBWAY INDIAN AUTHOR KIMBERLY SIGAFUS
Lyle Ernst and Ojibwa Indian Author Kimberly Sigafus, released their first Young Adult book The Life and Times of the Ojibway People in 2011.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE OJIBWAY PEOPLE .....delves into everything from their secret Midewiwan society of healers, to recipes of Jellied Moose Nose and Fish Head Broth. Both children and adults will love hearing the oral traditions which were an explanation of life and all those who shared the earth.
The Ojibwa lifetyle depicts a gentle and loving family life. They have roots on the land that reach far beyond many, and they continue to fight to hang on to what is theirs as the country moves forward.
A profound belief in a prophecy moved them west across North America five centuries ago, and its here this story begins.
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES.
Native Writers, Voices of Power, co-written by Ernst and Sigafus is targeted for young adult readers and will be marketed chiefly in libraries and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Learn about the life events and aspirations that shaped the voices of ten
influential Native writers, whose novels, short stories and plays encompass the
soul of Native life. Learn how these writers draw from personal experience to
create situations and characters that are entertaining and poignant. Featured
Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene), Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis)
Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis), Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa)
Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki), Tomson Highway (Cree)
Maria Campbell (Métis), N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee), Tim Tingle, (Choctaw)
Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx, [Thompson] and Nsilx [Okanagan]/Métis),
Many individuals portrayed in the Native Trailblazers series surmounted adversity and humble beginnings in their journey for personal success. The Trailblazer books feature positive role models for Native students while providing non-Native students with a view of Indigenous people today.