Meet the Author

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Thank you for stopping by! I'm a southern girl by heart, but I was born and raised all across the northern region of the United States. When my husband and I married, we spent some time moving across the southern region. I have spent my entire life in the ministry which tends to involve a lot of moves. This has instilled in me an appreciation of people from all walks of life. We now live in Port Neches, Texas, where I have lived longer than anywhere else, so I claim it as home. 

I have three children, Aaron, Elise, and Holly. Yes, the kids in the book are loosely based on my own children. They and their families live close by, and I love that I can see them regularly. This was so different from my childhood and even their childhood, and that is such a blessing! 

I have taught English and writing on the college level for over 20 years, but I have many other interests as well. I love to get crafty, I love shopping at a good flea market, estate sale, or antique shop, I love traveling, and I especially love watching football on Saturday afternoons with all my family gathered around. I love meeting new people and I hope to one day meet you!

Meet the Illustrator

I'm so fortunate to have such an amazing illustrator bring my books to life! I would like you to meet Courtney Smith, the creative mind behind the wonderful pictures in The Benny Books. Courtney lives in Colorado with her husband and five children where she raises Great Pyrenees puppies.  One of the things I find most fascinating is that Courtney has traveled around the world as an athletic trainer and has worked with Olympic wrestling hopefuls! Courtney is wonderful to work with and I am so happy she is a part of the Benny Books!