Becky Van Vleet
Why I Started Writing:
As a retired teacher, I always enjoyed teaching writing to students. As a retired principal, I always encouraged my students to work hard, set goals, and discover their gifts. Now that I have a little more time with my retirement (kind of), I decided to finally connect my keyboard to the ideas floating around in my brain. My own love of writing started to emerge at a very personal level. I began to embrace new writing goals and working hard as I encouraged my students to do.
Authors Who Have Influenced Me:
Going back to my childhood, Beverly Cleary (the Henry and Ribsy and Ramona books) and Carolyn Haywood (the Eddie and Betsy books) unquestionably advanced my love of reading. I would save my babysitting money and purchase these authors’ books for fifty cents, and my childhood book collection grew. In my adult years, my personal love of reading, later extending to reading to my children and grandchildren, flourished. Today, Patricia Polacco, renowned children’s author, has influenced my desire to preserve family stories through blogging and writing my first children’s book.
Books I Have Written:
Talitha, the Traveling Skirt, is the first book I have written. To create a fun tale for young children, I personified a little skirt that has traveled around in our family for three generations, more than seventy years. The name Talitha means “little girl” and comes from the book of Mark in the New Testament. My second children's picture book is Harvey, the Traveling Harmonica, the second book in my "Traveling Series."
What I'm Working On Now:
My third children's book, Roxie, the Traveling Rocker, will be published in the near future. In addition to blogging on my website about creating and preserving memories, I am currently working on a YA book about my father's adventures and experiences aboard the USS Denver during WW2.