Born and raised in southern West Virginia in McDowell County (home of the Rocket Boys), I married my best friend and high school sweetheart, Robin, in 1979. Shortly afterward we moved to Knoxville in the Tennessee Valley.
For a little more than two decades, I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom to our three children and for the last 17 years as a home school mom. We have successfully graduated our two oldest children, Brittany and Nicole. Austin is expected to graduate our family home school in 2012.
Although I've enjoyed writing stories and descriptive letters to family and friends regularly since attending junior high school, I did not imagine it developing into something more.
However, after our first daughter was born, I was inspired to write a story for my little princess. The desire to paint images with words across a blank sheet became infectious and soon I had written several children's stories.
The demands of a growing family and the priorities of home schooling eventually caused my dreams to be put aside for a brief time. Last fall, it was time to blow the dust off some of my early works in the pursuit of writing for children.
Some of my stories were inspired by Robin's grandmother who was a gifted storyteller. Inspiration from one of her true stories led to the creation of The Tale of Ole Green Eyes.
Currently, I am working on a second book featuring the same characters from The Tale of Ole Green Eyes, and hope to develop a book series to entertain my young readers.
The Tale of Ole Green Eyes begins in the Appalachian Mountains where sisters, Brittany and Nicole, are spending some time with their grandparents. Great-Grandma Sarah begins to tell the children a tale from her childhood about Old Green Eyes, a sleek panther she had encountered as her and her sister, Ella, went to fetch a pail of water from the spring near their house. The adventure was something they would never forget as the panther chased them back to their house, right up to their very door.
The sisters remember the tale long after Great-Grandma Sarah leaves to go home. They were amazed by it. As the day progresses with fun activities, like baking cookies and going on a picnic with their grandparents, the sisters decide to discover a clearing in the woods by themselves. So, they go adventuring into the woods, but with the wise words of their Papaw not far from their minds. He tells them to get home before dusk because that's when the animals come out. As dusk approaches they hear a sound through the trees and the crackling of leaves on the ground. As they turn to head back home, they notice a large track in the dirt. Is Ole Green Eyes coming after them too?
This 26-page picture book is a fun story for children 9-12 years of age. It reminds the reader of spending time with their grandparents and the stories they've heard throughout the years. It also rekindles the memories of loved ones who have passed away, but will never be far from our minds. Overall, a great children's story.
I just got THE TALE OF OLE GREEN EYES, and I love it! It took me back to being a kid and listening to my great-grandma tell tales about her youth. Nicole and Brittany have the same imagination I had as a child. After hearing their great-grandma's tale about coming face to face with a panther, Nicole and Brittany go out exploring and stay a little too long in the woods. A huge paw print from a critter, long evening shadows, and a pair of green eyes convince the sisters they are doomed. Can it be that Great-Grandma's panther is still lurking in the woods?
I can't wait until my nieces open their copies on Christmas Day! I'm sure they'll love it just as much as I do. THE TALE OF OLE GREEN EYES is certain to become a favorite around the house.