An interview with Chris on The Well of Sacrifice
Chris Eboch writes a variety of genres for all ages. For more information on any of these books, plus excerpts, click on the links to the right.
THE GENIE'S GIFT Gift is a lighthearted action novel set in the fifteenth-century Middle East, drawing on the mythology of The Arabian Nights. Shy Anise seeks the Genie Shakayak to claim the Gift of Sweet Speech. How will she get past a vicious she-ghoul, a sorceress who turns people to stone, and mysterious sea monsters, when she can’t even speak in front of strangers?
THE EYES OF PHARAOH, set in Egypt in 1177 BC, brings an ancient world to life. When Reya hints that Egypt is in danger from foreign nomads, Seshta and Horus don’t take him seriously. How could anyone challenge Egypt? Then Reya disappears. To save their friend, Seshta and Horus spy on merchants, soldiers, and royalty, and start to suspect even The Eyes of Pharaoh, the powerful head of the secret police. Will Seshta and Horus escape the traps set for them, rescue Reya, and stop the plot against Egypt in time?
THE WELL OF SACRIFICE is a middle grade historical adventure set in ninth-century Guatemala. Kirkus Reviews called The Well of Sacrifice, “[An] engrossing first novel…. Eboch crafts an exciting narrative with a richly textured depiction of ancient Mayan society…. The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine.”
The HAUNTED series for ages 8-12 follows a brother and sister who travel with their parents’ ghost hunter TV show. They try to help the ghosts, while keeping their activities secret from meddling grownups. In The Ghost on the Stairs, an 1880s ghost bride haunts a Colorado hotel, waiting for her missing husband to return. The Riverboat Phantom features a steamboat pilot still trying to prevent a long-ago disaster. In The Knight in the Shadows, a Renaissance French squire protects a sword on display at a New York City museum. During The Ghost Miner’s Treasure, Jon and Tania help a dead man find his lost gold mine — but they’re not the only ones looking for it.
JESSE OWENS: YOUNG RECORD BREAKER is an inspiring story, focused on Jesse’s childhood. Through hard work and courage, African-American runner Jesse Owens overcame racism, poverty and poor health to win four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.
MILTON HERSHEY, YOUNG CHOCOLATIER is a biography of chocolate king Milton Hershey. After a tumultuous childhood, Milton started work at an ice cream parlor at age 14. At 18, he opened his own confectionery shop — and lost it six years later. After a string of failures, he finally found success — and went on to start a school for underprivileged children that remains to this day.
JESSE OWENS: YOUNG RECORD BREAKER and MILTON HERSHEY, YOUNG CHOCOLATIER are part of Simon & Schuster's Childhood of Famous Americans series, for ages 7-12, and written under the name M. M. Eboch.
Chris has also written many nonfiction books under the names Chris Eboch and M. M. Eboch.
Chris has her MA degree in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, as well as a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked as an editor and writer for magazines. She has taught Fiction Writing and has led dozens of workshops for children and adults.
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert. To learn more about her latest work, visit www.krisbock.com.
My home office window looks out at a small mountain. I often see birds and lizards in the yard, and I've even seen a fox passing through. Watching the scenery gives me a break from writing, so I feel recharged.
Besides writing and reading, I love the outdoors. New Mexico has lots of sunshine and warm weather, which lets me hike year-round in the mountains, deserts and canyons. I also enjoy rock climbing, which requires a challenging combination of strength, balance and technique. I often take evening walks on the golf course with my husband. New Mexico has some of the best sunsets ever!
Everyone in my family enjoys writing. My brother, Doug, is a screenwriter, which means he writes scripts for movies. He developed the story for Sweet Home Alabama, which came out in 2003. Yes, he got to meet lots of the movie stars during a press event and the opening party! He also co-wrote and directed an independent film called Party at Sam’s which played at several film festivals. Doug lives in Los Angeles.
My mother has published articles in her local newspaper and has written a mystery novel. My father wrote articles on economics for a website and has been working on a nonfiction book. My parents are retired and live in Arizona.