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Ford, Sue

Ford, Sue

Sue Ford has sold over 130 magazine pieces for children and adults. Sue writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. She has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 18 years. She also is an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. Sue’s website susanuhlig.com has writing resources and recommendations of children’s books.

She is currently marketing a tween novel.

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Stuber, Barb

Stuber, Barb

Barb’s novel CROSSING THE TRACKS, is published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. Release date – July 6, 2010. She also has both fiction and non-fiction accepted for publication in CRICKET MAGAZINE. Barb is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd., a New York based literary agency representing writers since 1914.

When not writing, Barbara is an art museum docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She lives in Kansas City with her family.

Books

Crossing the Tracks
At fifteen, Iris is a hobo of sorts – no home, no family, no plan. After her mother’s early death, Iris’s father focuses on big plans for his new shoe stores and his latest girlfriend, and has no time for his daughter. Unbeknownst to her, he hires Iris out as housekeeper and companion for a country doctor’s elderly mother. Suddenly Iris is alone, stuck in gritty rural Missouri, too far from her only friend Leroy and too close to a tenant farmer Cecil Deets, who menaces the neighbors, and Iris suspects, his own daughter.
Iris is buoyed by the warmth and understanding the doctor and his mother show her, but just as she starts to break out of her shell tragedy strikes. Iris must find the guts and cunning to take aim at the devil incarnate and discover if she is really as helpless, or hopeless, or homeless as she once believed.

Stories, poems, & articles

“Chirping Champions” and “A True Junzi” – CRICKET MAGAZINE. Publication dates TBA

Author Visits

Presentations:
I conduct interactive presentations and hands-on workshops for schools, libraries, art and writing classes.

Topics include:
building characters
discovering plot
creating settings
getting the facts
sculpting a book
seeking inspiration

Speaking experience: Over the past 20 years I have conducted interactive art museum tours and workshops for students of all ages and adults.

Availability: weekdays and weekends
Audience: K – adult

Manivong, Laura

Manivong, Laura

Laura Manivong is the author of ESCAPING THE TIGER (HarperCollinsChidren’s Books), a middle grade novel about a Lao boy trying to survive in a Thai refugee camp. Her other children’s publishing credits include ONE SMART FISH (Scholastic / Children’s Press, 2006); Skipping Stones Magazine (2001); and Highlights Magazine (TBA).

Laura has also worked as a television writer/producer in creative services since 1992, earning various industry accolades including an Emmy for individual achievement in writing.

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Ingalls, Ann

Ingalls, Ann

Ann Ingalls has worked as a freelance writer since January of 2002. In that time, she sold LITTLE PIANO GIRL (2009) to Houghton Mifflin, a book she co-authored with her sister, Maryann Macdonald. Highlights High Five, The Kansas City Star, Learning Express LLC, Primary Treasure, Reiman Publications, Babytalk, Adams Media, Way of St. Francis and many other publishers have used work of hers. She has written curricula for early childhood, elementary and special education in Michigan and Missouri, Praxis II (competency) exams for early childhood educators and ACT Prep tests.

Professional memberships include: JWKC Classic, SCBWI, Missouri Writer’s Guild, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, the Liberty Arts Commission and Reach Out and Read, Kansas City.

Please contact Ann for information about programs on jazz, the Underground Railroad and writing in general.

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Heos, Bridget

Heos, Bridget

Bridget Heos is the author of twelve YA nonfiction books for Rosen Publishing, on topics ranging from the alkaline earth metals to Lady Gaga. Her three picture books about insect larvae, marsupial joeys, and alligator babies (also nonfiction) will be released by Lerner Publishing beginning in early 2011. Prior to being a children’s book author, Bridget wrote for several newspapers and magazines, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Kansas City Star, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She lives in Waldo with her husband and three sons.

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