When I was growing up in Wisconsin, I wrote poems, stories, and plays starting in grade school. I wanted to see more of the world, so I joined the Army after high school graduation and became a news reporter.
When I left the Army, I earned an undergraduate degree in communications. I wrote a newspaper column, annotated books, and even made some TV commercials. In graduate school, I co-wrote a book for teachers and parents about choosing educational software.
That was a long time ago when personal computers were first introduced into the classroom. I received my master’s degree in education and specialized in educational media production: writing scripts for instructional videos, producing documentary films, and developing distance learning courses and websites.
Today I live with my husband and our little dog in rural Nebraska. I love to read, explore nature, and play games with my grandkids. I’m back doing the kinds of creative writing I loved to do as a child. I hope you have as much fun reading my books as I do writing them.
My very talented friend, Erin, works in a variety of media to keep things fresh, from pencil on paper to digital drawings. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she lives.
Along with creating the whimsical illustrations for Stanley Stays Awake, Erin is working with me and a very skilled team of media artists to develop an animated video short about the benefits of group caregiving. The video should be available for distribution in Fall 2019.
Erin is an enthusiastic zine artist, and also enjoys woodworking, gardening, and reading with her cat. You can view her art at www.erinbutcher.com or connect through Instagram @erinjbutcher.
David Frye is another talented friend with so many skills I can’t remember them all. He designs and edits our books and supports this website. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics (!), a master of divinity degree, and a master of arts in journalism. A Pennsylvania native, he lived in Nebraska for 28 years but has now moved to Massachusetts with his wife to be closer to their grandchildren.
Currently working as a full-time postal clerk (with an insatiable interest in postal history), he moonlights as a freelance Web and print designer, editor, and writer with his own company called WideSky.biz.
David says he cannot remember a time when he could not read. He loved the summer reading club when he was a boy and now believes that a home can never have too many bookshelves. He has published his own book of poetry, Contact Sheet, available on Amazon.com.