Greene County Tech Middle School

I received a warm welcome at Greene County Tech Middle School this week. While there, I shared some writing advice with the literacy classes of Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. DeRoe, and Mrs. McCarroll. I also read a portion from The Legend of Sassafras House to the students. Sixth graders are a delight. They had thoughtful questions, and I enjoyed my day.



Upcoming Events in November

November is always a busy month. So far, I've spent more days out of town than at home. Also, I traditionally spend an exorbitant amount of time planning and cooking the Thanksgiving meal. I like to do it, though, because it's a way to express love and caring for my family.

I've allotted part of my November to visit schools to talk to students about writing. I'll share The Legend of Sassafras House with kids from 2nd to 6th grades. The upcoming school visits on my calendar are:

November 13 -- Literacy classes of Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. McCarroll at Greene County Tech Middle School, Paragould, AR

November 28 -- Literacy classes of Mrs. Inman at Trumann Middle School, Trumann, AR

November 30 -- School wide visit at Baldwin Elementary, Paragould, AR

I'm looking forward to all things turkey and school in November.


Fan Art at its Finest

I'm grateful when people line up to buy The Legend of Sassafras House at a book signing. I'm elated when a reader leaves a review on Amazon or Goodreads. As an author, those things are important to me. Those things make me feel honored and proud to be an author.

Today I've been honored in another way. A student from Marmaduke School, Riley Francis, sent me this artwork. It's a depiction of Treasure the cat from The Legend of Sassafras House. It's also my very first piece of fan art. Without a doubt, I'm going to treasure this drawing of Treasure. Thank you, Riley!



Marmaduke Elementary School Author Visit

Today I visited Marmaduke Elementary School. I spoke to a group of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students about writing. I also shared some statistics on the importance of literacy before reading an excerpt from my book, The Legend of Sassafras House. I enjoyed talking with the students. Most of all, I enjoyed their questions. I like the enthusiasm of kids.

One of the teachers at Marmaduke Elementary is a former third grade student of mine. Lindsay Brummett Rippy is now an awesome 5th grade teacher. It's great to see her carrying on the work I loved so much.




When you have occasions to shop for a gift for your child, consider books.

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OGMS Literacy Night

I've heard it said that "writing is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know if it was funny." I've found this to be not far from the truth. I spent about two years working on The Legend of Sassafras House before it was released this year. The book is in the hands of kids now, and their reactions have brought me nothing less than joy.

I did an author visit at Oak Grove Middle School, and the kids there were amazing. They know how to make a person feel like a VIP. Not only were they respectful, they were interested in what I had to say.

Thanks to these OGMS students for welcoming me and for reading The Legend of Sassafras House.



OGMS Role Models

These teachers at Oak Grove Middle School encourage their students to read, read, read. I couldn't be luckier that they are also encouraging them to read my book, The Legend of Sassafras House. Thank you for your support! OGMS rocks!