Welcome to My Book Bag, Mary Manners!
I have been writing since I was old enough to know that words tell a story…about four years old. I have such vivid memories of standing in my basement in Chicago, leaning against the washing machine, and scribbling across a notepad because I had a story to tell. Of course, the scribble was just gibberish, but the story was clear in my mind.
My primary school librarian read wonderful stories from picture books. One of my favorites was Sam, Bangs and Moonshine. I loved the wonderful tale of the inquisitive girl and her cat, and the father whose love was overshadowed by grief over the loss of his wife…so many powerful emotions interwoven with haunting illustrations. As you can guess, library hour was my favorite time of the week.
In sixth grade, I had a wonderful teacher who nurtured my writing. She came to school early in the morning and worked with me, and I completed my first full-length novel that year. I will never forget this wonderful woman. We corresponded through my college years before losing touch. I will never forget her, though, or the boundless encouragement she gave me.
In high school, I had an English teacher who loved books as much as I did. He understood my passion for words, and encouraged me to read books with more depth and to appreciate their beautiful imagery. He also began a writers’ group, and published some poems I wrote in a school anthology. It was thrilling!
Without these dedicated teachers, I may not have pursued my love of writing…and might very well not be where I am today. I remember them as I teach my middle school students, and try to ‘pay forward’ the encouragement I so graciously received.
So I ask…has there ever been a teacher who impacted you with compassion, dedication, or encouragement? If so, how did this teacher help you to get where you are today…and what would you say to him or her if given the opportunity?
I live in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with my husband, Tim, our daughter, Danni, and the cherished pets we've rescued from local animal shelters...dogs Abby and Molly, and cats, Lucky and Gus.
I enjoy the outdoors, and especially love the cooler autumn weather. I love cultivating flowers, taking long walks with my wonderful husband, and reading romance novels while lying in our hammock beneath century-old shade trees.
Visit Mary at http://www.marymannersromance.com/
Books by Mary Manners:
Tender Mercies (E-book)
Light the Fire (Coming March 11)
Brenna's Choice (A White Rose Publishing Dollar Download)
Love's Kindled Flame (A free read, coming to White Rose Publishing April 15)