Angie’s first self-portrait
This is me! I took an art class and my first assignment was to draw a picture of myself. I don’t look very happy here, do I? I am a normally a very happy, silly person who likes to joke around and have fun! I love to write, I love to draw and I love to read so…I became a children’s author.
Angie’s first book signing
This is my family at my first book signing in November 2012. My husband Stan and I have four kids-Lauren, Evan, Michaela and Mitchell. My debut book, WHERE THE RIVER GRINS is a history book about Evansville, Indiana, a city on a bend in the Ohio River. The bend looks like a grin, as if the river is smiling!
These are my kids today!
My first Selfie
This is me in my first “Selfie” at midnight on New Year’s Eve 2014. I call it my “Twelfie” as it was taken at 12:00!
I drew this picture on January 1, 2014 to celebrate 2014 and share how much I enjoy writing, drawing and teaching kids! Every job I’ve ever had was connected to children. I was a Kindergarten Teacher, Developmental Therapist, Director of Education at a children’s museum and a Storyteller. But now, I have the best job in the world! I get to stay in my PJ’s all day, walk down the hall to my office and sit at my desk, looking out at the woods while I write books for kids!
This is me when I was seven years old. I didn’t have any front teeth and I couldn’t whistle. I loved school and I loved to read! One of my favorite books was written by my favorite author, Dr. Seuss. It was called All About Me and it was the only book I was ever allowed to write in! This book asked questions about me and I filled in the answers. So, it was sort of a biography about my life…pretty cool! Here are some pages from that book.
Are you ready to read about Me?
This is my book about me by me!
I wrote this book in 1974 when I was 7 years old. I am still a girl.
I still have blue eyes.
I still don’t wear freckles.
My house today has 24 windows, 5 beds and 46 pictures on the wall.
My house today has 18 steps, 58 forks and 6 keyholes.
In my house today there are 32 lights and we have 12 clocks.
In my house today we have 10 mirrors, and 5 cold/hot water faucets.
My birthday is still January 13th and I have 50 candles on my cake. That’s a lot of candles to blow out!
I have read hundreds of books. My favorite book is The Braid by Helen Frost. I am right handed.
I can stand on my hands today for zero seconds. My feet are still ticklish.
My favorite pets are my dogs Gracie, a beagle and Lucy, a dachshund.
It is 21 steps from my door to the first tree.
It is 192 steps from the tree to my mailbox. It is a 6 minute car ride from my mailbox to the first store.
Believe it or not…orange is still my favorite color!
I think my drawing skills may have improved a little bit in 40 years.
This is a silly bird I drew today.
Today I collect Norman Rockwell prints, antique games, children’s picture books, postcards from places I visit and…I still collect seashells. My favorite thing to collect is HUGS!
Today my favorite sport is tennis. I haven’t played croquet in many years but I can spell it correctly now!
My favorite song today is Pontoon by Little Big Town. I love to sing in the shower, I am not a great whistler and I hum better than I whistle. My favorite instrument is the piano. I took piano lessons when I was 34 years old.
Look what I wanted to be when I grow up…a writer! I am not a secretary or a policeman but I am a writer.
This is what else I wanted to be when I grow up…I have never been nor will I ever be a circus actor! But, it sounds like fun!
Yes, sir! That’s my book about me!
Just 3 more little things…
I own 14 shoelaces. I own “TOO MANY TO COUNT” buttonholes! After much thought, I do wish I were a giraffe!
So, be yourself and wear your hat proudly my friend!
Buy yourself an All About Me book! You can be an author too!