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My Books Sold Extremely Well!

posted Sep 30, 2011 1:09 PM by txword wrangler

"I'm happy to say that my books sold extremely well at both Book Festivals and I happily came home with a lighter load. All the Wink-Eye Creek-YA title sold out at the Word Wrangler Fest. I also sold all of my Children's Picture Books, plenty of The Honey Bee Girl and Montana Mist and made many people the new owners of wildlife art."
         - From Doug Hiser's newsletter

Thank you Doug, from all of us at Texas Word Wranger!

Check out Doug's website.

The Word Wrangler Family

posted Sep 21, 2011 8:35 AM by txword wrangler

Recently, my husband and I went to Giddings, Texas for a book signing. I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew that I would use the experience as a learning tool. Being able to look at other author's tables and books was an exciting experience.

But the one thing that stood out last Friday was the people of their community and the volunteers in the library. It was an amazing sight to hear the people talk of their town in such a loving way. True small town values were present not only in the adults that visited but also in the students from their schools.

My husband and I left town with renewed faith in people and their compassion and want to do good for others. We truly felt like part of their family if only for a little while or at least until next year came around and we could go again.

If you have the chance to be a part of that festival, you should do what you can to attend. We sold our books, made wonderful friends, and were a part of something that will stay with us for a long long time.

Thank you Giddings Public Library.

MG Villesca
- Letter taken from her blog on Greti Publishing Resources

MG is the author of many amazing stories including The Bully in ME and Getting ME Back. The TWWF was thrilled to have her participate in our event. Be sure to check out her website and blog at Greti Publishing Resources.

Thank You Word Wranglers

posted Sep 13, 2011 1:31 PM by txword wrangler

All of the Texas Word Wrangler Festival Committee members thank you wholeheartedly for taking time to visit our Festival as participants. We enjoyed meeting each of you who were “first time attendees.” We were so happy to see those “return” Word Wranglers. Each one of you has earned the title of “Veteran Texas Word Wrangler”!!! Thank you for making 2011 Texas Word Wrangler Festival the BEST EVER!!! We are so glad you were here to help us Celebrate the Birth of Giddings –140 Years of Traditions.

The feedback from the school visits made by those of you who visited schools is great!! The kids loved hearing you. Thank you for taking that time.

We have heard from a number of you and we love hearing what you have to say. Thank you for your very kind and wonderful words.

If there is an author whom you think would like to come to our Festival, please give them our website which has a “Contact Us”. The 2012 Texas Word Wrangler Festival is Friday September 14, 2012.

On September 26th, we will look at our successes--- such as the fact that we had an especially diverse group of authors, a large group of authors. And good authors!! There was a lot of camaraderie among you as a group. We love seeing that! The school visits went very well as did the visits to TWWF from the three schools which sent busses….. AND more than 600 people came into the library that day. More than half were adults.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative again sponsored the “Hometown Heroes” luncheon which included the authors and the TWWF committee and library staff was a huge success!! Those of our “Hometown Heroes” are still telling us how much they enjoyed meeting you. Fortunately this year there was no accident or incident which took the State Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies, City Police personnel and EMS personnel out. They were able to stay and enjoy the meal. We especially appreciated Bluebonnet’s contribution this year since they were greatly affected by the fire.

We welcome any suggestions that you might have to make our event more successful. 
In the true meaning of the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce motto

"Come as our Guest, Leave as our Friend"

each of us feels that you came as our guest and left as our friend.

Wayne Edwards

posted Sep 9, 2011 8:59 AM by txword wrangler

Wayne Edwards is a native Texan, graduate of Texas A&M University, and retired Air Force officer. He lives, with his wife Ruth, on a fish farm in Texas, in an underground house he built himself. Wayne can be reached via e-mail atwayne@familypoet.com.

Diane Garner

posted Sep 8, 2011 4:05 PM by txword wrangler

Diane Garner grew up in small town Texas and taught in Houston's public school system. As a young mother, she learned about her grandfather through his letters she inherited and her mother's hidden background. In retirement she joined a memoir class to publish his letters and her own story, Cinderella's Daughter.

Bob Spoede

posted Sep 8, 2011 7:58 AM by txword wrangler

ROBERT SPOEDE was born in 1926 in southern Texas, graduated from Texas A&M, and entered the Army. During his service in the Central Highlands of Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service, the Combat Infantry Badge, and, by the Saigon government, the Cross of Gallantry He later earned a PhD in History from the College of William and Mary. His previous novel is Double Identity: A Texan in Hitler’s Reich.
posted Sep 8, 2011 7:38 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 13, 2012 3:51 PM ]

Sheryl Kleinschmidt

posted Sep 7, 2011 9:58 AM by txword wrangler

A retired school teacher, Sheryl Kleinschmidt was raised in Central Texas not many miles from the Yegua Creek. Early interests included hunting for arrowheads and other Indian artifacts around the state as well as studying various Indian groups. While doing research for a local newspaper, she was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with professional archaeologists working a site on the Yegua.

An avid reader herself, Sheryl now has time to write and this is the first of a possible series of novels in the making. Today she lives in Glen Rose, Texas, where she spends much time outdoors walking, hiking and gardening.

Brooklyn James

posted Sep 6, 2011 8:54 AM by txword wrangler

Brooklyn James is a singer/songwriter who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Live Music Capital of the World
. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing and Animal Science, and a Master’s in Communication. This is her first novel. 

Read more about Brooklyn and her novels on her website.

Dee Wilbur

posted Sep 5, 2011 9:07 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Sep 5, 2011 9:10 AM ]

Dee Wilbur is a persona created by Beatrice Dee Pipes and Charles Wilbur Yates, Jr. to use as their pen name in writing A Jealous God and Justice Perverted. The name is a combination of the two authors' middle names.

Ms. Pipes had an extensive career in the computer industry, holding two patents obtained while working for Compaq Computer. She now runs a very successsful consulting firm in Houston Texas, ...And Take Names. She has been married to her husband Bryan for over thirty years.

Dr. Yates has a Ph.D. in Biology and an M.D. degree. He practiced radiology in downtown Houston for thirty years. He has been married to his wife Sally for over forty-five years. They have four grown sons and six grandchildren.

Both authors grew up in small Texas towns and both graduated from Rice University.

Mike Kearby

posted Sep 4, 2011 10:03 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Sep 4, 2011 10:13 AM ]

Mike Kearby, a retired high school Reading and English teacher, is the author of nine novels. The Road to a Hanging (2006), Ride the Desperate Trail (2007), and Ambush at Mustang Canyon(fall, 2007), completed his Young Adult trilogy published by Dorchester Publishing (NY). Ambush at Mustang Canyon was honored as a 2008 Spur Award Finalist from the Western Writers of America. Mike’s other works include: The Taken (Dorchester) A Hundred Miles to Water (ReadWest), Texas Tales Illustrated~The Revolution (TCU Press).

 Mike and his work have been featured in newspapers across Texas and reviewed by Midwest Book Review, True West Magazine, and the Sacramento Book Review. He also authors a compelling article series entitled, The Hypocrisy of . . .

 A sought after guest speaker for Texas History & English classes, Mike’s presentations bring to life Texas’ rich history and motivate teenagers to become lifelong readers. Since 2005, he has made over four hundred presentations to English and History classes touting the benefits of “reading for fun.” Teachers write that Mike “puts it in their lingo”, “reinforces classroom instruction”, and sends teens “buzzing into the library.”

 In 2007, he started The Collaborative Novella Project. The project allows future “authors” to go through the novel writing process – from idea to published work. The first year’s published title was, A Brother’s Sin (2008), followed by Broken Promises (2009),  Falling in a Circle (2010), and Anthology (2011)

JoAn Martin

posted Sep 3, 2011 6:15 AM by txword wrangler

After retiring from 22 years of public school teaching, JoAn W. Martin continues to serve in a teaching capacity as a reading/writing consultant for
Houston area schools. She taught several years in the Alpha program of Gifted and Talented fourth and fifth graders at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She also served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at UH/CL, teaching an undergraduate class, "Language Arts in the Elementary School." JoAn teaches Reading & Writing in Leeway Project at Lee College in Baytown.

JoAn grew up in Atmore,
Alabama. Much of her writing reflects her childhood after World War II. Her first love is writing children's stories. Her work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle. In addition, she has published more than 30 articles in such magazines as Stable Kids, Travelocity, Byline Magazine and educational magazines such as Learning, The Mailbox and Oasis-Good Apple. She reviews children's books which are published weekly in The Baytown Sun. JoAn believes reading can change lives and writes to give children books that deal honestly with the issues kids face today, stories that show children how they can understand themselves and others.

JoAn attends writing conferences and is available for presentations. Her volunteer work includes Women's Storybook Project of Texas. She enjoys working in her greenhouse and yard to escape the intensity of writing.

JoAn Martin has published several children's novels, which include Yankee Girl (2002), Goodnight Mrs. Dinglewall (2006), Inventing Chloe (2009),  and an adult novel, Retrieving Morning(2009). With the assistance of sixth grade teachers, she compiled Read and Write with Yankee Girl, materials to teach the reading objectives of TEKS.
posted Sep 2, 2011 2:36 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 13, 2012 3:50 PM ]

Texas Word Wrangler Shirts Are Here!

posted Sep 2, 2011 9:49 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Sep 2, 2011 10:02 AM ]

These attractive polo shirts in royal blue are embroidered with the Texas Word Wrangler Festival logo. Wear a memory of your participation in the TWWF by ordering one of these attractive shirts. The next shirt orders will be sent to the printer on September 12th.

Color: Royal Blue
Sizes: Vary from S to 4X
Price: $26.00 

To order please contact Pam at:   979-542-2716

Or mail a check made payable for $26 to the: 
Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center
276 N. Orange
Giddings, Texas 78942

Marilyn Sebesta

posted Sep 2, 2011 8:56 AM by txword wrangler

Marilyn Sebesta is a native of Snook, Texas, but has lived in the Gulf Coast area for the past 40 years. She graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Home Economics Education and from Texas A&M University with a MS in Agricultural Education. She began working with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service (now known as Texas AgriLife Extension Service) two weeks after graduation as a County Extension Agent in Matagorda County. After 13 years, she transferred to Wharton County where she worked for 23 years. Marilyn retired four years ago, but continues to live in Wharton.

As a County Extension Agent and professional educator, she worked in the areas of nutrition, health and wellness, leadership and community development. She also worked with several hundred 4-H members in developing leadership and life skills.

Marilyn is an active volunteer in several local organizations, including the Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team (S.P.O.T.), the American Cancer Society, and the Wharton Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn is a member of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, where she sings in the choir, assists with the music program and works with the church Outreach Ministry, a program that provides food, clothing and financial help to residents of Wharton County. She also enjoys presenting educational and musical programs to churches and civic organizations.

Marilyn has recently written two children’s book, Scout, The Dog Who Saved “The Nutcracker,” and Scout, The Dog Who Learned Mona Lisa’s Secret. She plans to soon begin work on a children’s musical based on her first book about “The Nutcracker.” Visit her website to learn more!

MG Villesca

posted Sep 1, 2011 8:53 AM by txword wrangler

MG Villesca grew up in a small West Texas town, but had to abandon her home to attend college.  She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, MG moved to East Texas to be a middle school English teacher, where she uses her psychological studies to lovingly dissect her colleagues. In The ME Series, which is set in her beloved West Texas hometown, MG Villesca continues to bravely tackle tough subjects with books on bullying, The Bully in ME, abusive boyfriends, Getting ME Back, and a young girl's self-image, The Truth About ME.  When she’s not teaching or writing, Villesca enjoys spending time with her amazingly supportive husband and four delightful children.

Alan Rein

posted Aug 31, 2011 2:07 PM by txword wrangler

Alan Rein was born in Houston, Texas in 1952.  Raised in Houston, he graduated from Spring Branch Senior High in 1970. 
He spent many years working as a chemist and trouble shooter around the world in the oil fields.  Wherever there was oil and problems, and wherever no one else really wanted to go, Alan left his young family in Houston and went.  His work took him across five continents and dozens of countries.

As he grew older, with more experience, he became recognized as an industry leader. Alan wrote several technical manuals and taught many classes in the areas of his expertise.  He was once offered a Masters Degree from the Technical University of Malaysia, if he would just stay there for one year and teach engineering students what he knew about oil field chemicals. Alan published his first book in 2009.  This was a collection of Poetry he had written over twenty years.

Alan has started and run three companies.  His success in business gives him far less pride and joy than he gets from the family he and Pat have raised and loved.  They have two children, Anna and Aaron, both with wonderful spouses.  With three grandchildren now, Mikayla, Ambrose, and Bernadette,  they feel very blessed in life.  As retirement approaches, they intend to continue to share their blessings through their charity works and through Alan’s writing.
Read more about Alan on his website.

Alan’s books are published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their book its best chance in the marketplace.  If you’ve ever thought about publishing a book, you should visit Tate Publishing.

Caleb Pirtle III

posted Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 30, 2011 12:04 PM ]

Caleb Pirtle III was an award winning feature writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, served for a decade as travel editor for Southern Living Magazine, and has authored more than fifty-five published books.

Through the years, Pirtle has distinguished himself with focusing on the human side of a story, especially history and non-fiction. He has long believed, "What happens is never as important as the people who make it happen." Among his historical books are XIT: The American Cowboy, The Texas Outback, Deep Roots, Echoes from Forgotten Streets, Visions of Forgotten Streets, Engineering the World, Impact, and Trail of Broken Promises.

A graduate from The University of Texas with a journalism degree, Pirtle won the William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing, and he received numerous Associated Press and Headliner's Awards for his work at the Star-Telegram. For Southern Living Magazine, his travel and historical writing won the Discover America Awards three times. His award-winning books include The Unending Season, XIT: The American Cowboy, The Grandest Day, Spirit of A Winner, and Echoes from Forgotten Streets.

Pirtle served for more than twenty years as editorial director for Dockery House Publishing, creating and developing books and magazines for national corporate and retail customers.

Pirtle, with writing partner Frank Q. Dobbs, wrote the teleplays for the CBS mini-series Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, starring Kenny Rogers, Dixie Carter, Lonnie Anderson, and Mariska Hargitay, and the TNT television movie, The Texas Rangers, starring Tom Berenger.

Joaquin Jackson

posted Aug 29, 2011 12:25 PM by txword wrangler

  When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie 'Extreme Prejudice' on him. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in 'The Good Old Boys' with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin--a working Texas Ranger.

    He followed legendary Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee Sr. into a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt--and left him with nightmares. He captured "The See More Kid," an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he robbed. He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend's Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one. He even helped train Afghan mujahedin warriors to fight the Soviet Union.

 Though he insists, "I am only one Ranger. There was only one story that belonged to me," his story is part of the larger story of the Texas Rangers becoming a modern law enforcement agency that serves all the people of the state.

Read more about Joaquin on his website.

Kelly will be at the 2012 Texas Word Wrangler Festival!!

posted Aug 29, 2011 12:20 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 13, 2012 3:56 PM ]

Kelly Bennett will be one of the Texas Word Wrangler Authors for 2012. Kelly writes books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, mostly picture books. She creates stories that celebrate imagination, families, friends, pets… all that goes into being a kid.

Doug W Hiser

posted Aug 24, 2011 9:29 AM by txword wrangler

Doug Hiser is an author/artist, athlete/coach, teacher, American Gladiator, with a background in applied design and visual arts. Author of Secret Grotto, Cavern of the Eggstone, Lost Oasis, Crow Canyon, Wink-Eye Creek, Amazon.com bestseller, The Honey Bee Girl, Tropical Calypso-award winning short stories, Amazon bestseller 2011 Montana Mist.. The many books range from sensitive bitttersweet drama, literary fiction to all out odd quirky horror flings. Hiser writes to purge his mind of the unending bombardment of imagination that must be released.

Doug was born in Texas City, TX. Some of his accomplishments are as follows:

Student of the Year, U of HoustonCL 1996, Best orginal Art 1996 UHCL, Best of Show 1980, 1997, 2001 Texas art, American Gladiators TV show 1992, Best Fiction 1995, 1998, 2001 BAWL, Story of the Month Long Story Short 2006, Semi-finalist Peter Taylor Novel Prize 2006, 2010 AMazon Breakthrough Novel Finalist.

TWW Volunteer Workshop - Sept 6

posted Aug 23, 2011 1:49 PM by txword wrangler

There will be a Texas Word Wrangler Volunteer Workshop on Tuesday, September 6th at the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center. The meeting will be held at noon and the purpose is to give the volunteers all the information that they will need to know about the Texas Word Wrangler Festival in order to better help the patrons.

Make plans to attend this very important event if you are volunteering to help the Library at TWWF!

Martha Hannah

posted Aug 23, 2011 1:35 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 23, 2011 1:47 PM ]

Internationally Acclaimed Comedic Character Actor, Author, Speaker, Educator and Arts-In-Education Advocate Martha Hannah
has story performance and joke telling in telling in her blood. “I come from a long line of characters that were long-winded and funny,” she says. Martha‘s deep, rich heritage is from a large Scotch-Irish clan that came to America in the early 1700’s and settled in Tennessee. "My Nanny early on introduced me to a fascination with ghost stories and a belief in the unseen.”

In her journey as a speaker, author, educator and performer, Martha has written and developed a myriad of workshops and performances and performed for and taught tens of thousands of students and educators. “Long ago a seasoned arts-in-ed performer told me, ‘If you can just reach one. If you can just reach ‘one’ student, then you have made a difference.’ And, that is what I strive for.”

It was Martha’s lifelong fascination with ghost stories and the “unseen” that took her and her author/ illustrator husband, Larry Dowell, down many dimly lit back streets in England during evening ghost tours. They have traveled across Europe through castles and cathedrals from Edinburgh to Venice, collecting ghost stories and what she calls “a head full of medieval trivia.” This led Martha to develop her hilarious character, ‘Maid Martha, Medieval Comedienne and Stand-Up Historian’, which she uses on stage and in her workshops to bring the Middle Ages and Renaissance and comedy to life for countless enthusiastic audiences.

Read more about Martha on her website: http://www.marthahannah.com/a_troubadours_life.htm

Get Your Gala Tickets!

posted Aug 22, 2011 1:23 PM by txword wrangler

The Texas Word Wrangler Gala is a fundraising event held at the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center on Thursday September 8th at 7:00pm. The Gala gives the public a chance to meet their favorite authors and to have their books signed.

Contact the Giddings Library to get your tickets today!
Tickets are $25 per person.

Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center
276 N. Orange
Giddings, Texas 78942

Deborah Frontiera

posted Aug 22, 2011 1:06 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Aug 23, 2011 1:48 PM ]

A wide variety of experiences makes Deborah K. Frontiera a well-rounded writer and speaker on many topics. Her publishing credits include books for children, themes on the environment, historical fiction, poetry in several anthologies, and an upcoming adult nonfiction book exposing serious problems within the Child Protective Services system.

Her book Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy won First Place for historical fiction in the Purple Dragonfly Awards given by the Arizona Authors Association and Five Star Publications on Nov. 6, 2010.

Deborah was born in Lake Linden, MI USA  Her accomplishments include Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis won the North Texas Book Festival's Award for a Children's Book in 2007.

Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: The First Adventure was named an Honor book for the Golden Spur Award by the Texas State Reading Association in May of 2005.

Rose Cook

posted Aug 19, 2011 8:42 AM by txword wrangler

Rose Cook is a community college psychology instructor who resides in La Grange, Texas. Her husband, Ricky Cook, Jr. supplied the illustrations for Danyale’s Amazing Hair.
Danyale is a little girl whose crazy, curly hair has to be done every morning! And even then, her hair is still a little messy. None of her friends have curly hair and Danyale wishes hers wasn’t curly either. But her mom shows her the positive attributes to having curly hair and tries to convince Danyale that being different isn’t so bad after all. Danyale’s Amazing Hair teaches children that we all have something about ourselves that we might not like…but that “something” is what makes us each unique.

Elaine Coleman

posted Aug 18, 2011 3:46 PM by txword wrangler

Elaine Coleman is a native Texan. An award winning author, Elaine uses her genealogy research in the books Texas Haunted Forts, Louisiana Haunted Forts and Texas Frontier Foods . She and her husband Jerry are avid antique collectors. When she isn't playing with her grandchildren, she is usually found writing and listening to the phantoms of the antiques as they breeze through the open air of her ranch office. Elaine and Jerry live in a charming haunted farmhouse on the family farm in Runnels County where their horses and cattle graze.
Elaine is author of Texas Haunted Forts and has driven over 50,000 miles marketing the book throughout Texas. Her second book, Texas Frontier Foods, published in November 2003, has already gone into a second printing. Her writing has been recognized by the West Texas Authors of Romance, Golden Triangle Writers Guild, and Abilene Writers Guild.

Lara Chapman

posted Aug 15, 2011 1:13 PM by txword wrangler

Me and the kids, Mother's Day 2010

I grew up loving school, especially new school supplies (who doesn’t love the smell of new crayons?). I loved school so much, in fact, I tried to make a career out of it. After eleven years in college (hey, I was busy!) Dad announced I couldn’t be a professional student, so I finally declared a major and graduated with my teaching certificate, reluctantly leaping into the scary waters of adulthood. Since then, I’ve been teaching 5th grade English and loving every second of it.

Wouldn’t it be cool if I was one of those people who said they’d always wanted to write and this was all I’d ever done? It’s the total opposite of what actually happened. I’ve been an avid reader since I was in the third grade and discovered Judy Blume, but it wasn’t until I read Janet Evanovich’s “How I Write” that I actually considered writing. I joined an amazing group of writers (shout out to all my friends at West Houston RWA) and the rest, as they say, is history. After several years, I was offered representation by the one and only, 100% magnificent Holly Root with Waxman Literary Agency. To read the story on how I managed to secure such stellar representation, check out my interview with fellow author, Vicky Dreiling.

I live with my family in Central Texas, where I read and write daily. I’m rarely – if ever – found without my laptop and iPhone. I have a life-long love affair with animals, especially dachshunds, and always have an animal or two snuggled close when writing.

Read more about Lara on her website: http://larachapman.com/

Connie Carson

posted Aug 10, 2011 3:52 PM by txword wrangler

  Reading has always been one of Connie's favorite past times.  During her early school years her favorite reading material was about animals, especially horses.  While in high school she began reading historical fiction and claims to have learned more history from fiction than from text books.

   Shortly before retiring from her government job Connie decided to write a book of her own.  She didn't know what time frame she wanted to write about but knew she wanted it to be something about the settling of early America.  After much research and thought she chose to begin by writing about life during the American revolution.  Besides writing Connie enjoys doing volunteer work at the animal shelter in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

   While writing her first book Colonial Romance Connie got to know the characters so well she decided not to end the saga there.  Hence came The Bugle's Call, about the second generation of the Black family. Texas Bound is the third book in the series about the adventures of the Black family.

Seth had never cared for the easy life. When things got too comfortable he always found trouble--or it found him. He had found at an early age the prosperous plantation that had been in his family for four generations did not offer enough challenges to make him happy. In fact, the whole state of Virginia was too tame for him. So, as soon as he graduated from William and Mary, he struck out to find someplace he could have the freedom and space he desired. In 1836, after nearly a year of searching, he finds himself in Texas.He enters the territory just days after the small, inexperienced Texas army, in it's attempt to win Texas' independence from Mexico, has met a devastating defeat at the hands of the large and powerful Mexican army. After establishing a rather large and prosperous cattle ranch in the Texas hill country he meets the woman who makes his life complete. They raise a family and together meet the challenges of the unsettled frontier. Together they establish a Texas dynasty and leave their footprints in Texas history.

Texas Word Wrangler announces Kelly Bennett

posted Jul 20, 2011 1:32 PM by txword wrangler

Kelly Goldman Bennett loves sharing stories—both fiction and non-fiction. Her love of writing can be traced back to 1960, when she was two-ish, and used her mother’s black mascara and lipstick to write on the neighbor’s car! (And maybe blamed it on her brother…although she says he blamed it on her.) She has been telling stories and writing ever since.

She writes picture books for shorter humans and their adults to share; stories celebrating families, dancing, friends, pets, and all that goes into being a kid! Most recently, YOUR MOMMY WAS JUST LIKE YOU and YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU (Putnam/Penguin); DAD AND POP (Candlewick Press), winner of 2010 NAPPA Honors and Library Media Connection's Editor's Choice Award, DANCE, Y'ALL, DANCE (Bright Sky Press), a rhyming, two-stepping romp; and NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY (Candlewick Press), named the Texas Institute of Letters Friends of Austin Public Library's Best Children's Book for 2005, a Children's Choice Award, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal winner.

And for grown-up humans Kelly writes newspaper and magazine articles, mostly musings and travel pieces, and weekly blog entries at Kelly’s Fishbowl. She’s also a regular contributor to Now! Jakarta magazine.

At the moment, Kelly is obsessed with creating picture books. “Picture books are like icebergs,” she notes, “so much of what goes on goes unseen.”

Kelly is a graduate of the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. An active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the American Library Association (ALA), the Texas Library Association (TLA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the Author’s Guild, she participates in many workshops and conferences.

Read Kelly's complete bio and visit her website! We hope you all join us in welcoming Kelly at our 2011 Texas Word Wrangler Festival!

Well on the Way!

posted Jul 18, 2011 4:56 PM by txword wrangler

The Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center happily announces that meetings for the organization of the Texas Word Wrangler Festival are all going well. The applications are in and the authors have been selected! We hope that everyone comes by to meet these talented folks.

Calling All Authors!

posted Oct 12, 2009 6:35 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Jul 18, 2011 4:44 PM ]

Call to Authors

Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center and the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce invites all  published Texas authors to submit a book for consideration in our upcoming 6th Annual Texas Word Wranglers 
Festival on Friday, September 9, 2011.  Word Wranglers use words to convey ideas, stories, portray people and 
places.  We want to honor our Word Wranglers for their hard work and dedication to their craft.  We also want to give 
our community an opportunity to meet these authors and learn about the writing craft.
We are looking for authors of books on the following subjects: children’s books, the art of quilting, 
archeology, poetry, Texas cookbooks, bird watching, fiction, history, historical fiction, mystery, romance, music, 
Texas Gardening, and anything related to Texas. We have a day-long festival at the Giddings Public Library & 
Cultural Center where authors sell their books and take questions. Some authors read or talk to groups of students 
that come in to the library.
posted Oct 12, 2009 6:34 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Jul 19, 2011 9:28 AM ]

Get Your Submissions In!

posted Oct 12, 2009 5:33 PM by txword wrangler   [ updated Jul 19, 2011 9:28 AM ]

Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center annouces the 6th Annual Texas Word Wrangler Festival. Authors, get your applications from our website on the Resources page. Remember the deadline to submit is May 1, 2011.