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I have enjoyed writing stories and poetry since early school days. It gives me
great joy and peace of mind to write and it relieves the stress of daily living. When I write my children’s stories, I’m in a happy, fun-filled, adventurous world with happy endings. I need quiet places to write, but strangely enough, the car,
when riding as a passenger or driving, is one of my favorite places for inspiration. Perhaps it’s the shapes and colors and people I see which inspire the thoughts I get: I wrote most of my prize-winning poem, The B & O Engineer, while waiting for
a funeral procession to pass.
Little things inspire my stories and poems; for example, seeing little ground squirrels in Alaska and Canada inspired Tac and Tuk. While
living at Chapel Hill, N.C., one of our various assignment locations when my husband was in the Air Force, my three children found some tiny hoppytoads in our yard. During our nightly reading time, my children wanted me to tell them a story about the hoppytoads.
Instead, I agreed to finish reading their current story and write a little story for them about hoppytoads for the next night. After hearing what I had intended to be the story, the children insisted on more.
So, for 11 more nights, I wrote more about the little hoppytoads. My children loved the stories, and happily listened to them for years.
Later, when my husband was
stationed in Hampton, Va., I took a job as an elementary school teacher and taught creative writing, among the other subjects, for 20 years, using my Calbert manuscript as one of my methods for story development. Through those 20 years, Calbert was listened
to, commented on, copied, and criticized by elementary school children.
Upon my retirement from teaching, my husband started a publishing business, using Calbert and
His Adventures (still available) as our first publishing venture. The original stories were revised to make up a “chapter book” of 12 chapters, an ideal storybook to read to young children at bedtime. A local artist was found to draw the illustrations
and our first book was born. Tac and Tuk (only a few originals are still available) followed, illustrated by a local artist. Tac and Tuk has been republished in Kindle and in paperback on
All of my children’s stories embody the ideas of good manners, friendship, kindness to others, and neatness, attributes most of us strive for in our own children.
Children read for the joy of it so I try to make sure my stories are entertaining, uncomplicated, and as attractive as possible. I avoid racism and sexism in my books and try for a happy ending in each one. All of my stories have talking animals, and I think
that using animals lets the author say symbolic things about human behavior, and life as children might see it. Animals are universal, and most children love them and can relate to them. Also, using animals helps children have a feel for nature and other living
creatures in our environment. I do not believe in stories of violence for children, or horror stories for the young. I want my books to be a happy fantasy land for today’s harassed child to retreat to and feel safe.
I have now written five children’s stories; two (mentioned above) were published some years ago and are sold by independent booksellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Calbert
and Morse: Further Adventures is being prepared for publication. These four books are all available on Amazon in print and in Kindle ebooks: Princess Trinka and Basil: Cats in Love, The Escape: Naughty Bluejay and Woodpecker, Tac
and Tuk: The Rescue, and Hellfire and Snowdrops. That last book is by C. W. Henney, and is a novel for adults, not for children. All my numerous
bedtime stories and my few novels will be published as ebooks and in paper form on Amazon.
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