And then, probably with a bored sigh, you think, "Oh, she writes children's poetry, just like hundreds of other children's poets out there."
I've done a lot of school visits since my first book, "Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff", was published in 2000. During my presentations, I've always made it a point to read a few of the new poems, those that would someday be in the sequel. I wanted to "try them out" and see if they would fly. Children loved them and they wanted to know when the sequel would be published -- and so did their teachers.
Now, twelve years later, they have their wish ... visit my website, Barking Spiders Poetry, and click on the books. Read a few excerpts from each and you'll see, I'm just not like all the rest.
I love writing poetry of all kinds, but my favorite is, and always will be, poetry for children. There is nothing as powerful as the truth and gentle honesty of a child. They have such an innocent view of the world and their surroundings, sometimes with thought-provoking insight. I love looking at that truthful innocence and writing about it from their point of view.
Besides poetry, you'll see some of my children's stories, tongue twisters and silly poems for children to finish. I offer my books to you on the book store page, autographed and with extras, like bookmarks, stickers, and even a funny doorknob sign for a child's bedroom door.
For schools, there's information about my school visits, a contact page, a bio, articles for writers, marketing and publishing tips, and I've created a special page for my long-time friend, Russell Daily, a gifted children's poet. I had the pleasure of co-writing some poems with Rusty and they're there, as well. There's also a special page for my partner, Robert Cosmar, who's also an author.
So, visit Barking Spiders Poetry. Pull up a chair and get comfy, put a child on your lap, and have a long look. I think you'll be surprised and, just maybe, you'll get reacquainted with your own inner child again.
~Hugs to all,