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The New Lord of the Rings: “Escape to Clown Town” Hits the Market With Heavy Anticipation

The old storytelling styles of Tolkien and Lewis have been re-born and pumped with steroids. The wildly creative work, “Escape to Clown Town” has finally launched. The magical tale is the first in its 6 book series and is predicted to make waves.
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CHICAGO – Jan. 13, 2018 – PRLog — “Escape to Clown Town” is a 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.

“It’s not just a story. It lives, breathes and fearlessly (yet age appropriately) 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.” – Tephra Miriam, Author of “Escape to Clown Town

This older middle-grade/young adult hybrid novel is sure to capture and wow audiences young and old.

About the Author

Tephra Miriam is an avid thought leader, author, graphic artist, photographer, musician, activist 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 of 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 Global Communications and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Professional Studies with a concentration in Authorship and Entrepreneurialism.

More About the Book

“Escape to Clown Town” is available in full color (ISBN:978-0-9996415-0-7)  where books are sold or visit


General Sharaya touched Duchess’ dark brown hair as she lay weak and dying on the cold stone floor of their jail cell. The dark star Epsilon Eridani finally succeeded in taking her star stone. Duchess has yet to learn that General Sharaya is her cousin and that she herself is Faree.

18 year old Duchess is a simple village girl that has no idea that she is at the center of the most epic war of the ages that is soon to come. Duchess tries desperately to escape her village upbringing and dreams of becoming a dancer in the famous Royal Clown Ballet. Duchess has not been told the truth about her royal fairy lineage and falls victim to a universal plot; conjured by the dark star Epsilon Eridani. The clowns easily ensnare Duchess by seducing her with the life she’s always dreamed of.

After Duchess escapes her kidnapper, she wakes up in the grandest room she has ever been in. When she gets up to look out of her window, she realizes that she is in the Grand Clown Plaza Hotel located in the center of Clown Town. King Clownington quickly learns of Duchess’ arrival to Clown Town and immediately plots with Epsilon on how to extract her star stone. Epsilon learned from killing many fairies that star stones must be freely given in order to retain their power and cannot be extracted under duress. King Clownington orders his son Jax to court Duchess and the entire clown family does all that they can to trick Duchess into sacrificing her stone.

Duchess falls in love with the king’s son but starts to grow suspicious when she tries to leave Clown Town and is not able to. General Sharaya sends Duchess a seemingly cryptic message about the clowns that Duchess fails to understand, until it’s too late. With the universe on the brink of a war that has the power to penetrate space and time, will Duchess become trapped by her hatred of the clowns or freed by her new found destiny?


The book reel created by TEPHRAMIRIAM Films was was selected as both a feature and staff pick on

Escape to Clown Town was selected as a feature for Book Reader Magazine

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Tephra Miriam Partners with Junior Achievement for Volta Elementary School Career Day


Tephra Miriam partnered with Junior Achievement of Chicago for Volta Elementary School’s Career Day earlier this year. Over 100 middle-grade students were exposed to learning about being an entrepreneur and what it takes to bring a story to life. Tephra discussed every component of authorship from concept and design to editing, publishing and communications.

Junior Achievement’s Career Days provide students with exposure to diverse college and career paths. Mentors have the opportunity to share words of wisdom on how to navigate college and careers.

I tried to leave every student with one big takeaway. I told them that you often don’t have to look too hard to find what you’re good at. Tap into what you are passionate about now and weave it into your future. 

– Tephra Miriam


Tephra Miriam Featured as a Guest on ‘Selling In A Skirt’ Radio with Judy Hoberman on W4WN


Tephra Miriam spoke with Judy Hoberman on her weekly live program, ‘Selling In A Skirt‘ on W4WN. The show streams live weekly at 12:00PM CST. Tephra discussed her path to building her business, the power of storytelling and the obstacles that women often encounter in building their own businesses.

Women shouldn’t feel that the only option they have for success is to climb the corporate ladder. Never be afraid to live your dream and invest in yourself. As women we need to support each other and drop the Titanic mentality. It’s not every ‘man’ for themselves. We have to support, invest and sponsor each other. Our success is collective as a community. It’s about all of us being a force and standing as one, together.

Be sure to tune into this powerful talk that focuses on women in business.


Tephra Miriam Discusses How To Thrive In A Toxic Work Environment In Forbes Article, ‘Here’s Why You Should Stay In A Job You Hate’

Tephra Miriam shares her tips and tricks for thriving in a toxic work environment, in Lisa Rabasca Roepe’s Forbes article titled,  Here’s Why You Should Stay In A Job You Hate.  Tephra takes a deeper dive into the art of thriving in a toxic work environment in her post, 10 Tips For Your Professional Survival Kit.

The following excerpt was taken from the Forbes article, Here’s Why You Should Stay In A Job You Hate, written by Lisa Rabasca Roepe.

Create your own goals and rewards.

Tephra Miriam, founder and CEO, of Tephramiriam Communications, also stayed in a consulting job she didn’t love to gain more experience. Instead of focusing on the negative she focused on what she could control. She set her own long-term goals, found a side hustle that was fulfilling and developed her own rituals for celebrating her accomplishments. “One of the issues that I had was I felt horribly under appreciated,” Miriam says. “Determining my own standard of success and excellence, and creating a ritual for when I met those standards helped me thrive.”


Tephra Miriam Hosts #AuthorAMA Discussion On Writing With Intensity

Tephra Miriam hosted an AMAFeed discussion on what it means to write with intensity. Tephra interacted with over 40 different people that asked questions about her writing, publishing and creative process.

Writing with intensity means to write with purposeful strength, power, potency and force. It’s what lies beneath the basic intention and grammatical construct of writing and turns writing into a tool for change. 

-Tephra Miriam

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AMAFeed has reinvented interviews. An Ask MAnything (AMA) Event is an authentic way to raise awareness to the things and causes that matter to you most.

Whatever your story is – there is always someone who can benefit from it and learn from your ups and downs. And you – you get a great feedback and insight into what sparks people’s interest and get to connect with like minded folks from around the globe.



Tephra Miriam stopped in at the renowned Printers Row Literary Festival and debuted her new YA fantasy novel, ‘Escape to Clown Town.’

The Printers Row Book Fair was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks, attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the book fair in 2002 and renamed it the Printers Row Lit Fest. Today it is considered to be the largest free literary event in the Midwest – drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

 I had a great time this year at the Independent Writers of Chicago – IWOC table. A big thank you to IWOC, Illinois Woman’s Press AssociationPrinters Row Lit Fest and the Chicago Tribune for such a great experience. It’s such a phenomenal opportunity for new authors. I definitely walked away from #PRLF2018 with meaningful connections and I was able to witness people’s reaction to my book. It drew people in and I was able to have meaningful dialogue with YA fans.

-Tephra Miriam