When she fell asleep I pulled out my own two favorites: Miss Twiggley’s Tree (by Dorothea WarrenFox) about a shy old lady who lived in a tree and saved herneighbors from a flood, and Bunya the Witch (by Mary Ellen Mittelstaedt) about a misunderstood old lady who was teased by the town children (“Bunya, Bunyayou’re a witch. Bunya, Bunya dig a ditch.”) It wasn’t long before I was itching towrite my own new favorite book.
I hit it big, right out of the chute, with a real nail biter about an old lady named Agatha the Witch who helped a lost little boy. Clearly I was inspired. I mean talk about conflict and emotional arcs...
My dad made 20 copies on his office copy machine, staple bound them, and I proceeded to hock my wares up and down the street. Even back then, so much of the marketing fell to the author.
I sold one copy to my piano teacher for ten cents, and I was hooked!
Anne Greenwood Brown is the author of LIES BENEATH, a revenge/love story about murderous mermaids on Lake Superior.
(Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Books. June 2012.)