Today’s Guest Reader, Jackie Huppenthal

Hi Everyone,

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I love it when friends of my blog agree to step on stage and tell us about themselves. Many of you are familiar with Jackie Huppenthal from her frequent contributions to Word of the Month poems and supportive comments to others. Now I’m happy to “officially” introduce you to our friend, Jackie.

I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. After graduation I worked in a domestic violence shelter and another one for youth. I usually worked twelve to sixteen hour night shifts and had to be prepared for anything at anytime.

Later I taught healthy life skills as well as drug and violence prevention programs to elementary students and various community groups in Illinois. Most of the time I was able to develop my own programs and adapted them to the needs of the students and community that I was helping. I liked having the freedom to be creative and come up with something that made learning about serious topics more enjoyable.

At the present time I am raising 4 boys with my husband in Dyer, Indiana. I just started working again, this time as a part-time preschool tumbling teacher at the YMCA. I enjoy step aerobics classes and running in 5K races. Obstacle races are particularly fun and challenging. I try to volunteer at my children’s schools and the local VFW whenever possible.

I have always enjoyed reading (every genre) and writing (some poetry, but mostly journaling). I especially cherish the times I get to spend reading to children. Our home is full of books. When it is nice outside, the kids and I sit on a picnic blanket and read, or do homework.

When I help my kids with their weekly readers I look forward to the about the author and illustrator sections that follow every story. I believe those short bios prompted and inspired me to become more serious about writing. Writing for children seemed like a logical progression with my background and experience, but I didn’t know where to start.

I eventually found and took two adult continuing education classes last fall – specifically on writing for children and marketing. Shortly after, I joined a few established writers’ groups. Some of my work will be in a local publication due out next month. A classmate and I also started our own writing group called Magic Hour Writers. We support and encourage those who write primarily for children and young adults.

So far I have sent one manuscript into publishers, sent a poem and photo to a magazine for children, and entered a few poetry contests. I am hoping to receive some positive feedback soon. I am still finalizing my watercolor illustrations for my “fractured fairy tale” and am working on a book of poems and pictures. I love photography as much as writing. Much of what I write about comes from simple everyday conversations or experiences around the house and yard. So much beauty that surrounds us is so often overlooked. I want to help my children and others notice and appreciate everything nature has to offer.

19 comments on “Today’s Guest Reader, Jackie Huppenthal

  1. Jackie its so nice to get to know you more, what an interesting life you’ve lived… I wish you all the best with your manuscript and poetry submissions, positive feedback better be taking a cab to your house right now;-)

  2. Jackie thanks for sharing your walk through life and your plans to travel into the world of writing for children. I also love illustrating with photos. I am careful where I step outside for a photo shot may be hiding below. Good luck.

    Mary Nida

    • Thank you Jane. (I just looked at your page (quick). It is so hard to keep up with everyone – I wish I had the time to read all the posts AND everyone’s books and poems!… I saw those Columbus ships last year when they were on Lake Michigan – amazing wasn’t it! especially liked hearing all what the ships carried – such large loads for those small ships!)

    • Thank you for your kind words and interest – I’m trying to keep it all balanced but it’s challenging at times for sure.

      When I double click on the pictures they open up big. I can e-mail them to you if that doesn’t work though.

  3. Hi, Jackie.

    It’s great getting to know you, albeit on paper. I enjoyed hearing about your background.

    I, too, am dipping my toes into the area of children’s picture books (in addition to novels for adults) and love what you and your writing friend are doing. Also, I love your humorous poems!

    Keep us posted on your progress.

  4. Jackie, I loved reading about your inspiring journey. Your photo-poems are beautiful. The hosta photo speaks flowing volumes even without the poem. You are a great photographerI

    I wish you every success.

  5. Pingback: Thanks again to recent guests « Children's Author David L. Harrison's Blog

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