Movies! Movies! Movies!

Hey, my darling readers it’s the freakin weekend.  And have I got a movie for you.

 It’s Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard’s Allied.  

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I Was Right About


This past weekend, I had the weekend off, again. And my movie choice this time was, ‘The Free State Of Jones.’

I know it’s considered bad form to toot your own horn, but I was absolutely right about the choice of Matthew Mcconaughey for the role.

Now, I have to be honest here and say that what first attracted me to Mr. Mcconaughey was his voice (not his remarkable southern accent, but his voice). But as I worked the story over the year of 2015-2016, and watched him in Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, and True Detective, I was even more impressed with his acting range.

And I was stunned and grateful when I saw and heard a close approximation of my name in the film: EANK (in large letters on the side of a building).  And the man who owned Rachel was named EANKINS. Thank you Mr. Mcconaughey for that acknowledgment.

My only criticism of the film was that I could tell that the screen play was written by a man, (Gary Ross) even before the credits rolled. The film barely touched on the relationship between Newt and Rachel that I tweaked in my blogs: and

Here was a man able to get two women of different races to accept him as a husband. Usually, when you put a Black and a White woman in the same house with the same man as their husband, someone ends up cut.

And Miss Gugu Mbatha-Raw reminded me so much of Gloria Ruben, I had to keep reminding myself it wasn’t Ruben on screen.

Now the second thing that I got right was Alex Baldwin as Donald Trump.



Check out Chapter 10  and 16 of 24 –  The Hunt For Red November


and Chapter 16


Alex nailed it. I’m still laughing.


A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
Jared Anderson: A Novel
OneThreeThirteen – A Presidential Agent Novel Series Book 1
Dancing With The Fat Woman
Thou Shalt Eat Dust
STALKED! By Voices


A Question About Old Nick


A question or should I say questions regarding Old Nick from the movie, Room.

What if after she got out of the shed, people, who she thought she could trust, started telling her that her experience in the shed had all been in her mind and that Old Nick was really a friend? Continue reading

Matthew McConaughey’s New Movie

In the course of doing research for my e-books, Ruby Sanders and Jared Anderson, I read the books, The Free State Of Jones, 12 Years A Slave, and Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, and from the first stroke of my pen, I knew Matthew McConaughey would be perfect in the role of Newt Knight.

Of course, I had to change that name, Newt.  It just did not fit with my image of Matthew McConaughey.  When I think of Mr. McConaughey, I think of tuxedos, diamonds, and Lincoln cars.  There is a jewelry store here Illinois by the name of Jared, so I used that to come up with the name Jared Anderson.

I KNEW HIM BY THE SOUND of his voiceI must admit that I was so intrigued by the thought of seeing him again that it set my heart racing and I forgot to stay hidden.  I dared to peek.

Gone was the curious little boy with mousy brown hair, skinned knees, and big feet. The Jared who entered the Wilkes’ house was not a boy, but a full-grown man.  

His body showed signs of hard physical labor. Even through the fine clothes he wore, you could see a well-muscled upper body with a narrow waist and long sturdy legs. This older Jared was as tall as my father.  He had light brown hair with just a whisper of gold. His eyes were so blue they could have been cut straight from the sky.  And his face was caressed with a tan from the summer sun and he wore an easy smile and seemed very self-assured.

I did, however, get one thing very wrong.  Originally, I had Halle Berry as Ruby.


Eliza D. Ankum
Ruby Sanders
Jared Anderson A Novel


The Free State of Jones is Ruby Sanders

Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones

It was a slow day at work and I was toiling away on the ending (one that my readers won’t hate, hopefully) of the new ebook, ‘Jared Anderson,’ and to give myself some inspiration, I decided to look at some Matthew McConaughey photos.

And guess what I came across.  Yes, that’s right a picture of Matthew McConaughey dressed as a Confederate soldier for should I say, deserter, in the new film, The Free State of Jones.

Matthew’s character plays a Civil War deserter who marries a black slave girl.  I wonder where, Gary Ross, the films director and ‘writer’ got that idea.  Could it possibly have been a Best Selling ebook by the name of Ruby Sanders and it’s sequel, Jared Anderson.

Of course, neither that ebook or my name are anywhere on the credits for the films.  Just as they were never mention on the film, ‘Flight.’ aka, Flight 404 staring Denzel Washington.

My question is, what does a girl have to do to get credit for her work?  Frustrated unpaid writer.

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman

PS  I’m sure either OneThreeThirteen or Dancing With The Fat Woman are going into production somewhere in Hollywood under another writer’s name, perhaps John Gatins.

Poking Fun At Myself

I was sitting around the other day wondering what I could blog about and I was coming up empty. So I decided to poke some fun at myself by posting cat videos.  Get it, Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth posting cat videos.  OK, so not so great but the videos are.

A Tiny Kitten with A Big Mouth


Eliza D. Ankum
Author of

The Breeze Through The Lilac Trees


Happy Valentine Day – Fifty Shades of Grey


Tonight is a big night. It’s Valentine Day and the premier of the movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’
As a writer, I am beyond green with envy over the success of E. L. James’ novel by the same name.


So much so, that in my last novel, ‘One Three Thirteen – Master of the Day of Judgment,’ I actually wrote some sex scenes, which I didn’t do in my novel ‘Ruby Sanders’ (lots of complaints about that). It seems sex sells. And to be a top selling author these days, you almost certainly have to include it.

But when I was asked whether or not, I’d go see the movie, my resounding answer was NO.

No, because I know what it’s like to be stalked and it’s anything but sexually exciting.

And secondly, because if a guy ever beat my butt thinking that would make me hot, he’d have a real surprise coming. The next day I’d be waiting outside his house or apartment, and when I got the chance, I’d run over him with my car. I’d stop long enough to get out and ask, “Did that get your juices going, honey? If not, I can back up.”


A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth (and car)

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
One Three Thirteen – Master Of the Day of Judgment