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About Greta Burroughs
Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled "Gerald and the Wee People" and "House on Bo-Kay Lane", and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - "Heartaches and Miracles".
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April 2005 – the beginning of my ITP journey. I had no idea which way was up. My body had started doing some very weird things for some unknown reason, and no one could tell me why.
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia). For some unknown reason, my immune system had begun to destroy the platelets in my bloodstream, therefore preventing my blood from clotting properly. I found out there were no cures for ITP, but there were treatments.
Since then, I have researched ITP and spoken with many people who also suffer from this chronic blood disease. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about platelets, IVIGs, CBC’s, corticosteroids, relapses, and other factors that will continue to play a significant role in my well-being for the rest of my life.
I kept a journal chronicling my experiences, detailing the treatments along with the mental, emotional, and psychological highs and lows associated with the successes and failures. Then, in 2010, I combined all that information into a book to share it with others who are also fighting this illness.
There have been many tremendous changes since the first edition of Heartaches and Miracles was published. Advances in medications, treatments, and overall approaches to combating ITP have necessitated an updated 2022 version of my book. I’m sure this edition will be outdated in a few years. However, that’s good news – there will be more progress to write about!
Most of my memoir remains the same, though. It’s a combination of autobiography, stories from other ITPers, research information, and pep talk for anyone suffering from ITP or for family members and friends who want to understand the roller coaster ride of steroids and other types of medications and treatments. It can be a hard road filled with relapses and disappointments, but with a positive attitude and support from friends and family, there is hope.
ITP no longer controls our lives. With support from fellow ITPers, we are in charge.
I Have ITP. It Does Not Have Me!
The most alarming characteristic of the clearing is Gerald’s uncanny ability to “see” a miniature village inhabited by the wee people. Vernon tolerates his friend’s “visions” but becomes concerned when Gerald insists he’d had a visitation from one of the villagers. It seems the village is under attack, and the teens are urgently needed to help.
Determined to prove that wee people only exist in Gerald’s imagination, Vernon agrees to venture out to the clearing late one night. But, instead of demonstrating that Gerald is wrong, Vernon is drawn into his friend’s enchanted vision, and both boys charge off to the rescue.
While in the wee people village, Gerald and Vernon aid the residents in their fight against the misshapen ones while also trying to devise a plan to outsmart a forest god intent on destroying all life.
The boys encounter a mystical far-seer named Sheela, who decrees that the fighting will never end until the boys fulfill an ancient prophecy filled with many dangers and obstacles. Against their better judgment, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest accompanied by Sheela and five other companions into the volcanic realm of Miach, the forest god. Their task: defeat the demented god and restore peace. However, not everything goes as planned.
Gerald and Vernon believe their time with the Wee People came to an end after returning to their homeworld but begin to wonder when strange things start to happen at an abandoned house in their neighborhood.
Ghostly images of familiar faces from the Wee People village are seen in the windows, echoes of voices from the past haunt the boys’ dreams, and an undeniable curiosity draws Gerald and Vernon to investigate the mysterious haunted house. What they find takes them back to the world of the Wee People, and a new adventure begins.
In House on Bo-Kay Lane, a mirror is found in a forgotten room in the farseer's training center. Sheela, a far-seer master, and Alyson, an apprentice firestarter, are unwillingly drawn into the depths of the mirror and wind up in the abandoned house on Bo-Kay Lane. Sheela uses her telepathic skills to enlist the aid of Gerald, Vernon, and Gerald’s father, Andrew, to help find the way back to the world of the Wee People.
That problem resolved, they try to unravel the secrets of the mirror and unveil that it serves as a portal between their two worlds, to a time in the future, and possibly to a parallel universe. If that wasn’t enough, glimpses of a familiar person trapped within its depths add yet another dimension to the mystery.
Through their research, the Wee People discover the origins of their world. That knowledge is not well accepted and leads to discord between them and Gerald, Andrew, and Vernon. Finally, an uneasy truce paves the way to a compromise and eventually a solution for dealing with the man in the mirror.
In another story, a routine trip to the veterinarian proves to be more than the two friends bargained for when spooky, red glowing eyes follow their every move. They also discover that wearing costumes and trick or treating are not just for two-legged kids.
A clumsy yet adorable turkey buzzard named Elmer crashes his way into four of the five stories. He teaches the two friends that it doesn't matter what someone looks like on the outside; it's what's on the inside that counts.
Grab your jack-o-lantern and join the two explorers as they investigate things that go bump in the night. That is, if you're not a scaredy-cat
In the other three stories, Patchy and Calico eat too many apples, confront a not too friendly skunk, and take a magical ride into town. Get ready for lots of fun and laughter as Patchy and Calico take you along on their adventures. Let's go!
Bob expressed the emotional highs and lows occurring in his life through his poetry, offering a glimpse into where he’s been, what he’s done, and the lessons he’s learned. His attention to the smallest details allows us to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear the sensations that meant so much to him. You could almost consider it his personal memoir: a story of his life, loves, longings, and losses.
Robert may no longer be with us, but his legacy as a teacher, aviator, check airman, and friend continues on in the hearts of all who knew him. There was more to his life than his passion for airplanes, dogs, and old motorcycles. That’s the side of Bob you will discover while reading "Blossoms in the Snow."