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All the members of Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens, including new writers and published authors.

Bushue, Sherry

Bushue, Sherry

s-j-bushue-authorS. J. Bushue owns, operates and is one of the authors of children’s books for The Little Fig, LLC. She can be found writing with everything from a stick in the sand to the back of her hand. Her creative works are inspired by vividly colorful dreams and her enchanting family. Sherry is published in children’s books, magazines, newspapers, and poetry collections. Sherry’s triple major led to post graduate studies focusing on the education of children with special needs. Her approach embraces bilingual children’s picture books with whimsical and playful presentations that teach all levels. Sherry loves the Midwest, her amazing husband, kids, grandchildren, and “fur-babies”. She’s often found walking in rain, barefooting, playing the djembe, digging in dirt, or frolicking on the floor with the grandkids and dogs. Go to for free downloads and to subscribe to her email.

Klassen, SuZan

Klassen, SuZan

SuZan Klassen is published in Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters; Storm Country, the Anthology; 101 Facets of Faith; and Focus on Your Child all for the adult market. She is currently working on a middle grade novel.

Hermansson, Casie

Hermansson, Casie

Casie Hermansson teaches English at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas (just a tad south of KC!). Her PhD is from the University of Toronto.

She loves to write, and is currently polishing a MG manuscript, and working on two YA novels that compete for her attention.

Books published:

Title: Bluebeard: A Reader’s Guide to the English Tradition
Summary: An academic survey of 300 years of this grisliest of fairy tales in our very own Anglo-American traditions, from folk- and fairy tale through art, music, drama, chapbooks both for children and for adults. University Press of Mississippi (2009).

Title: Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories
Summary: A look at how twentieth century women’s writers rewrote theory from the inside-out by using the Bluebeard fairy tale. Edwin Mellen Press (2001).

Stories & poems in print:

“Monty is from Mars.” Explore Magazine (Pearson, Australia, April 2010).
“The Dirtiest Jobs [of the Middle Ages].” AppleSeeds (September 2010).
“What’s in a Name? The Story of Dr. Frankenstein’s Creature.” Faces (October 2010).

Author visits:

Year round, school days!

“Once upon a time… The end.” How to grow the middle of a story!

Problems, problems, problems. How to use problems and solutions in your stories!

Audience: Elementary