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DARCY PATTISON

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Darcy Pattison writes picture books, novels, fiction and non-fiction. See the book trailer of her Prairie Storms, illustrated by Kathleen Rietz. In Prairie Storms, a typical storm is featured for each month as well as a prairie animal in its normal habitat, and the prairie's ecosytem is explored through its weather, especially its storms. In The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, illustrated by Jose Cepeda, a man made of wood takes a remarkable journey across America. Told through the postcards and letters of those he meets along the way, The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman is, according to Publishers Weekly, "part geography lesson, part cross-country travelogue . . . [a] warm tale that ends in a family reunion." As Kirkus puts it, "all geography lessons should be this much fun." Her other children's books include River Dragon, an original folktale that draws on Chinese dragon lore, and The Wayfinder, "an adventure book set against a fantasy background  . . . a well plotted tale that will have young readers speedily flipping pages" (Children's Literature).

 

The 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award for Individual Artist and a member of the Authors Guild, Darcy has written about writing for Writer's Digest, the SCBWI Bulletin and several editions of the annual Children's Writers & Illustrators Market (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003). Darcy served as Arkansas Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for five years, from 1991-96. From 1995-2001, she was the Children's Book Reviewer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the largest statewide newspaper. She is also a member of the Author's Guild.

 

With a B.A. from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. from Kansas State University, Darcy has been a professor at the University of Central Arkansas and is currently an independent publisher, having founded Mim's House. Passionate about her craft, she created the "Novel Revision Retreat," a traveling retreat wherein she teaches writing all across the country.

 

She lives in North Little Rock, AR.

If you would like to hear her pronounce her name, go to http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=18