Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.


Start your summer with some fine wine, a good book, and two delightful authors.

Idaho authors Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner share their talents for storytelling in a sassy new book about 16 famous dead women writers. A book signing party for DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS is Friday, June 1 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at A New Vintage Wine Shop, 1400 North Eagle Road. Autographed copies are available for $10 - and a delightful selection of wine is available for purchase.   


The 4th Annual "Write by the River" Writer's Retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing will be Saturday, September 29 at Elaine Ambrose's cabin in Garden Valley.  To keep costs down, the retreat only will cost $50 to cover speakers, materials, lunch, an awesome canvas tote bag and snacks.

This year's theme:  Get Published: On Your Own and by the New York Big Guys.

Speakers include New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Basye Sander and national humorist Stacy Dymalski. 

The retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 pm.  For an additional $20, participants can attend a private reception with the speakers on Friday evening, September 28.

Former speakers have included Tony Doerr, Lance Olsen, and Alan Heathcock.  Past participants who are now published authors include Gretchen Anderson and AK Turner.

Registration details will be added to this site as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:41

Drinking with Dead Women Writers - New Book!

Written by Elaine Ambrose


Immediate Release: April 17, 2012

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Boise, ID: Idaho authors Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner share their talents for storytelling in a sassy new book about 16 famous dead women writers. The Premiere Party for DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS is Saturday, May 12 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Asiago’s Wine Bar, 1002 Main in Boise.

Most early female writers used pen names because women weren’t regarded as competent writers. Margaret Mitchell wrote only one published novel in her lifetime, but Gone with the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and sold more than 30 million copies. Emily Dickinson was so paranoid that she only spoke to people from behind a door. Carson McCullers wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at age 22. Her husband wanted them to commit suicide in the French countryside, but she refused. Ambrose and Turner explore these and other intriguing facts about the most famous women in literary history.

“I was completely enthralled by DRINKING
, as Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner took turns in a fantastical romp through literature and drink, tossing back cocktails with some of the greatest female voices in literary history, cracking wise, prodding for answers to insightful questions, allowing us to know these writers and their minds in essays both hilarious and thoughtful. A rare mix of cleverness and intellect, and a total blast to read.”  

-- Alan Heathcock, award winning author of VOLT


Ambrose is the author of Menopause Sucks and an author of five other books. Her short stories and feature articles appear in several anthologies and magazines. Turner is the creator of “The Writers’ Block” on Radio Boise. She writes a humor column for the Boise City Revue and served as a Writer-in-Residence. The book is published by Mill Park Publishing.

Available May 12 on!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 03:12

Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous

Written by Elaine Ambrose

Mill Park Publishing is a sponsor of the Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous on May 3-5 at The Centre in Boise. Other sponsors include The Idaho Writers Guild and The BSU Story Initiative. 

MPP owner Elaine Ambrose will speak on a panel for "Small Press" on Friday, May 4.  On Saturday, Elaine will moderate a panel titled "Publishing Today."  Elaine also will judge entries in the fiction competition.  Of course, she'll also be an eager and borderline-obnoxious participant in the evening's festivities. Why don't you join us?

Find registration information at


Monday, 13 February 2012 18:09

Cowboy Poetry: Using Imagery to Write a Poem

Written by Elaine Ambrose

Cowboy Poet Ernie Sites brought his energy, humor, and talent to Boise over the weekend,
and Mill Park Publishing sponsored his workshop titled “Writing the Songs of the West.” Participants were entertained and enlightened as he discussed the various ways to write and recite
poetry. He added some lively guitar playing to demonstrate how he turns his stories into songs.

For one exercise, he showed the group various western paintings: agitated horses in a corral, a medicine woman, a Conestoga wagon crossing a river.  Then he allowed 15 minutes for the attendees to write a poem. We all were amazed as each one stood to recite her or his poetry. Clearly, the assignment sparked some creative writing within the group.

Ernie instructed us to use free verse or rhyme, and I chose to write a poem about the
river crossing. I wrote in iambic tetrameter, a style I have used since my high
schools days (which happened about the same time as the wagon trains coming
west on the Oregon Trail.) Here’s my poem:


Crossing Over


The raging river shoved the wagon.

Pa yelled at us to hang on tight

but Samuel fell into the water.

He screamed and then slipped out of sight.

My mama held the baby close

and glared at Pa to save their child

but he was struggling with the horses

to get across the river wild.

We reached the bank, he jumped back in

but all he found was Samuel’s shirt.

My mama didn’t smile for years

‘cause life was hard, and she was hurt.

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