For many years I maintained a separate web site at www.kyspot.com that featured quite a bit of family history information. Those pages have now been transferred here, as much as possible, in the interest of frugality. Lost some of the pretty formatting of those pages, but the content is preserved here, in multiple posts with links and photos, all listed/archived in March 2013.
- and please, call me "Gerry." I am a writer with special interests in children and animals.
My newest projects include a fantasy trilogy for children and a
collection of short stories for all women - mothers, grandmothers, and
daughters - called "Learning the Language of
am available for teaching enrichment courses, including writing, to
middle-grade children, for presenting "visiting author" talks to
grades one through twelve, and for speaking to adults about writing
for publication. Please inquire via
Fog Maiden's Necklace" in Stories From Where We Live:
The North Atlantic Coast Fiction, Milkweed Editions, November,
2000 publication. This book was chosen
by the American Booksellers Association
for "Kids' Pick of the Lists 2000" and
"Notable Social Studies Trade Books for
Young People, 2001."
Changeling Summer Young adult novel, Cora Verlag (a division
of Crosswinds Books), spring 1990 publication
(initially published in Germany under the title
Zaubernacht auf Black Gull Island);
reissued in Hungary in 1992.
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1999 (only one-time
Australian rights purchased); scheduled for
publication on CD-ROM.
Song of Butterflies" and
"The Bambuti, The Forest's Children" SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1995, 1998; scheduled
for publication on CD-ROM in SIRS, Inc.
Song of Butterflies"
NEW MOON, 1994.
New Year's Day"
The Forest Giraffe"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, November, 1990.
Place for Jeremy"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1989.
for Breakfast" and "How To Make Bears for Breakfast" SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1988.
Fog Maiden's Necklace"
CRICKET, 1983 (reprinted by Modern
Curriculum Press, 1986 and on computer
for classroom use by Education Systems
Technology Corporation and by Jostens
Learning Corporation); scheduled for
publication on CD-ROM.
CRICKET, 1982 (reprinted 1984 and 1988
by SCHOOL MAGAZINE, New South Wales
Department of Education, Australia).
in ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, BLUEGRASS, APPALACHIAN HERITAGE,
BLUEGRASS, ALIVE NOW!, THE NEW ENGLAND SAMPLER, COUNTRY WOMAN, THE
WRITER, THE BEST OF 1982 (Ohio Poetry Day Association),
INTERSECTIONS 83 (chapbook, Illinois Wesleyan University Writers
Conference), and CELEBRATING WOMEN'S WORDS (chapbook, Conference
of Cincinnati Women), ALL ABOUT KIDS, WRITER'S DIGEST, THE OPEN
DOOR, KENTUCKY HUMANITIES, PADUCAH LIFE, PEGASUS.
Gerry grew up close
to nature in western Kentucky, and lived in Cincinnati for many years.
She returned to western Kentucky several years ago with her own
family; assorted animals always find a warm welcome in her
house on the edge of the woods. She attended Centre College and was
graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in zoology.
English was a close second. As a newlywed in a small town, Gerry found
scant employment, so she took to reading - mostly children's books. E.B. White and C.S.
Lewis rekindled her childhood interest in writing, and she has been
writing for children and adults ever since. Her credits include five
books and more than 50 published stories, articles and poems that have
appeared in Cricket, Hopscotch, St. Anthony's Messenger, New Moon,
Children's Writer, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Australia's School
Magazine, and a wide variety of other publications. Gerry typically draws
from her scientific knowledge of animals and their habitats, and her
interest in nature and the environment, to develop her material.
Several entertaining books are scientifically based on zoology and
aimed at the middle grades. She often weaves themes of folklore and
mythology into her writing. Gerry teaches
enrichment courses, including writing, to middle-grade children, and
gives visiting author talks to grades one through twelve. She has been
a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators,
and she has received numerous awards from the Kentucky State Poetry
Society, where she serves as an officer. She also works part-time as
an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature. EDUCATION:
Kentucky, B.S. in Zoology, 1977.
Centre College, 1973-1975.
Green River Writers
Kentucky State Poetry Society (Secretary)
Kentucky Writers' Coalition
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
McCracken County Friends of the Library (Board Member)
Children's Literature, West Redding, CT.
we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to
us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice,
solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our
wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with
us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour
of grief or bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not
healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a
friend who cares."