I had a grand time sharing the beginnings of Heifer International with the residents of the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio, last week. The Southern Ohio Heifer Project Committee was a big player in those beginnings. In return, many of the residents shared stories of their own involvement.
I was honored to be interviewed about my picture book THE SEAGOING COWBOY by Sharon Short in her literary column today in the Dayton Daily News. Thanks, Sharon, for introducing me to Dayton area readers! Sharon writes under the pen name Jess Montgomery and has a book of her own out now, THE WIDOWS. It’s a fantastic historical fiction read inspired by the story of Ohio’s first female sheriff which I highly recommend.
Children’s author Peggy Archer has posted an interview with me on her Peggy’s Pages blog. Check it out to see what inspired me to write the book, what kind of research and marketing I did, current projects, etc.
Ken Frantz will be present with me tomorrow at the Canterbury School Book Fair in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette tells his story in today’s paper.
The Children’s War is a blog “committed to helping young readers, parents, educators. and librarians discover well-written books that depict the ways in which war impacts the lives of young people.” This thoughtful review of The Seagoing Cowboy was posted today.
I grew up in Milledgeville, Illinois, and the local press there, Sauk Valley Media, just ran an article about The Seagoing Cowboy yesterday. Read it here.
Claire Ewart’s vibrant illustrations bring the story to life, and book designer Paul Stocksdale’s map illustrated with historical photos following the story adds tremendous value to the book.
I’m grateful to Brethren Press for taking on this project and to all the seagoing cowboys who have shared their stories with me. You can purchase the book here.
Claire Ewart and I will be signing books at Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana, from 6:00 to 8:00 tomorrow night, April 1 (no fooling!). I’ll have my private launch party on Saturday, then head on down to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I’ll be presenting at Heifer International as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday, April 16. Watch my events page on this website for something near you.