“Tommy Brown Misbehaving” is a fun chapter book that is entertaining for all ages and includes some life lessons as told from the perspective of a 6-week-old kitten named Tommy Brown. Based loosely on the author's real cat, Tom Elum, the book features characters with unique and humorous personalities, including the kitten’s little 6-year-old boy, Marcus.
Deborah Elum, who wrote the book, is not only the author of four adult fiction and nonfiction books, but is also an accomplished screenwriter, producer, actor and minister. “Tommy Brown Misbehaving” is her first attempt at a children’s book and series.
Elum has written, produced and directed numerous plays and sitcoms and has performed in several of the productions that she has written. Some of her productions include “I Should Have Listened to My Mama,” “Do You Take This Woman?,” “Flame of Fire,” “Reverend Greenback the Healing Prophet,” and “In the Garden.”
Her newest sitcom, “A Church with Spots and Wrinkles,” now airs on the Roku Channel on chosennetwork.tv which provides fresh and uplifting productions with family values that inspire audiences. Elum first came up with the idea for this sitcom after an incident that occurred in church one day.
“I wanted to write a story that would address issues such as hurt feelings and negative experiences in a humorous way,” she said,
Another of her sitcoms, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!,” airs on allthatfilms.com and features twin sisters in their 70s and their hilarious day-to-day interactions.
Elum is the owner and director of All That Productions, Inc., and in between writing and producing she also acts and showcases her talents as a comedienne with her humorous character, Ms. Thelma. She has performed at the Covenant House, New Community Baptist Church, New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Praise Christian Center World Outreach, Living Word Fellowship, the Cowboy Church in Tomball, and the Worship Tabernacle in Humble, as well as at several special events.
Elum has appeared as a featured guest on TBN Praise the Lord and Daystar Television Network Celebration broadcasts as well as numerous radio programs and newspapers. She is a recipient of the American Christian Writers Association's “Writer of the Year” award for her humorous book, “A Church with Spots and Wrinkles,” which led to her latest sitcom.
Elum said that she “finds that laughter is good for the body, soul, and spirit,” and has received many positive reviews from readers ages 8 to 84 years old. She said she receives calls and letters from all over the country from people who have enjoyed and found inspiration from her books.
Prior to entertaining her audiences with her artistic talents, Elum wrote her first poem at age 6 and decided then and there that she would be a writer and maybe even a teacher. Ironically, due to a careless comment made by a fellow student about what careers women shouldn’t attempt (like engineering), Elum earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston in engineering technology. She says that in the end, however, that degree eventually led her back to the dream she had of being a writer.
Elum would eventually like to be nationally syndicated and have her sitcoms picked up by a major network. She is also in the process of writing a screenplay for a film and working on the second installment of the “Tommy Brown Misbehaving” series.
Elum is originally from College Station and comes from a large family with nine siblings, including two sets of twins. She now resides in Humble with her husband, son, and cat, Tom.
Elum has an upcoming book signing for “Tommy Brown Misbehaving” Friday, July 27 from noon-7 p.m. at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Humble (124 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. E. – next to Office Depot).
For more information about Elum, her productions, publications or other upcoming book signings, go to her Facebook page at facebook.com/All-That-Productions-Inc-172102619550121 or find her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/deborah-elum-71207153.