Word on the Hills talks to Janet Stobie, who is a writer, family counsellor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her work with young people and children and she has written a number of books for children both ones which are based on Bible stories and some which deal with current social issues. Janet tells us why she writes and describes her latest books for children.
Cynthia Reyes and her daughter Lauren Reyes Grange talk about Cynthia’s new book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, which was inspired by an experience her 4-year old daughter had at school. As with all her books so far, Myrtle originated in Cynthia’s family. Cynthia’s books for adults are about unusual homes, the people who love them, and the life events connected to these places. Her picture book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, was written for her daughter many years ago but can now be shared with children all over the world.
Andrea Torrey Balsara always dreamed of being an illustrator, but her first published book was one that she wrote. She published many books for the educational market, including the novels The Present, for young adults, and Parker Shanahan: Survivor Against All Odds for middle-grade readers. Finally, the opportunity arose to illustrate her own book, Greenbeard the Pirate Pig. Now her new novel, The Great and the Small, for young adults which she has written and illustrated, has just been released.