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On the Same Page With Darcy Pattison

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Author Darcy Pattison discusses her latest children's book, "Prairie Storms". "Prairie Storms" gives children a front row seat into the harsh climate of the American prairie and how the animals that reside within it adapt to the ever-changing climate. Pattison focuses on a different prairie animal and habitat each month, showing how a prairie grouse surves the freezing snows of winer or how a lizard evades the brutal sun and heat of summer with realistic watercolor illustrations by Kathleen Reitz. Written in lyrical prose and complete with activities and quizzes, Pattison's book is both an educational and celebratory look into the great American prairies.

Pattison is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for her work in children's literature. She founded the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Arkansas Chapter, and actively serves as a speaker and judge for chapters throughout the nation. She is currently co-chair of the Children's Program for the Arkansas Literary Festival. Pattison's other works include "Nineteen Girls and Me" and "Searching for Oliver K. Woodman."

TRANSCRIPT

WELL, TODAY ON "ON THE SAME PAGE", WE STEP INTO THE WORLD OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. AND OUR GUEST TODAY IS DARCY PATTISON, WHO HAS PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND WRITES FOR PUBLICATION. SHE'S AWARDED AND RECOGNIZED IN THAT INDUSTRY AND HAS A LOT OF INSIGHT INTO THE CHILDREN'S WORLD. AND HAS A NEW BOOK, PRAIRIE STORMS THAT TAKE US INTO THE NEW YEAR. SO TODAY, DARCY PATTISON ON THE SAME PAGE."

DARCY PATTISON, THANK YOU FOR MAKING TIME TODAY ON "ON THE SAME PAGE." YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A BUSY PERSON AND A BUSY WRITER THAT WRITES IN A LOT OF CATEGORIES, AND WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT PRAIRIE STORMS, IS THIS A STRAIGHT BOOK?

IT'S A CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK. THAT COVERS FROM TWO TO 19. THAT COVERS FROM TWO TO 19. SO THE YOUNG ONES ARE BOARD BOOKS.

BOARD BOOKS?

YES, THOSE THICK ONES THAT KIDS CAN'T TEAR UP. AND YOU CAN GET INTO CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS THAT IS TWO TO 10. AND THOSE ARE ALWAYS 32 PAGES.

WHY WOULD THAT BE?

IT'S THE WAY THAT THE PAPER FOLDS AND IT FOLDS NICE IN GROUPS OF EIGHT. AND MY OLIVER K. WOODMAN BOOKS ARE 48.

SO THE STORY CAN'T BE CONTAINED IN 32.

RIGHT, BUT MOST OF THE TIME THE CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS ARE 32 PAGES. AND THEN YOU GET IN THE CATEGORY OF EASY READERS, AND THOSE ARE KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST OR SECOND GRADE. THAT ARE JUST LEARNING TO READ. AND THOSE ARE THE ONLY CHILDREN BOOKS WHERE THE VOCABULARY IS CONTROLLED.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

TO EASY TO READ WORDS. THE PICTURE BOOKS FOR YOUNGER KIDS, YOU CAN HAVE COMPLICATED LANGUAGE. BECAUSE THE PARENT IS READING TO THE KID. AND ONLY THE EASY READERS YOU CONTROL THE VOCAB ULULAVOCABULA. AND THEN THE NOVEL BOOKS THAT IS FROM NINE TO 10 YEARS, AND THOSE SHORT EASY, FAIRLY EASY TO READ.

LESS THAN 150 PAGES.

RIGHT. AND THEN YOU HAVE THE YOUNG ADULT. AND HARRY POTTER IS 500 PAGES LONG.

KIDS ARE STRONGER TODAY BECAUSE OF HARRY POTTER. HOW MUCH OF THAT IS FICTION? AND HOW MUCH IS NONFICTION ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES?

BOTH. IT CAN BE FICTION OR NONFICTION AND THE CATEGORIES ARE JUST THE WAY IT'S PUBLISHED.

OKAY, WHAT WE HAVE IN "PRAYER STORMS" IS A CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK. 32 PAGES. WHY DID YOU ARRIVE AT THIS. IT'S I N -- A NOVEL BOOK, YOU READ IT THAT WAY?

NO, KIDS READ IT AT ONCE. BUT THERE ARE MANY NATURE BOOKS THAT COVER HABITAT IN ANIMALS. AND IN "PRAIRIE STORM" I AM ADDING THE WEATHER, IT GIVES THAT EXTRA THING FOR THE TEACHERS TO TALK ABOUT AND KIDS TO LEARN. AND THEN IT GOES MONTH TO MONTH, AND THE TEACHERS TEACH THE MONTHS IN KINDERGARTEN.

SO YOU PLANNED THIS BOOK AND USED IN TOOLS. AND TEACHERS CAN SAY THIS IS A WAY TO TEACH. THIS THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO GET THE BOOK PUBLISHED?

YES, I APPEAL TO DIFFERENT AUDIENCES. AND THAT'S THE DIFFICULTY, YOU HAVE TO APPEAL TO THE PARENTS, THE KIDS AND THE TEACHERS. I WANTED IT TO BE A BOOK THAT CHILDREN WOULD LOVE AND  ENJOY. AND THE GATE KEEPERS, THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS HAVE TO HAVE A REASON TO BUY IT. SO I HAVE TO APPEAL TO THEM ALWAYS.

NOW THE GATE KEEPERS AND THIS IS A GREAT STORY WITH GREAT PICTURES. DON'T THEY SOMETIMES LET THAT GO?

YES, THEY DO, BUT THAT'S TYPICALLY ON FICTION. THIS IS A NONFICTION BOOK, MY FIRST FOR KIDS. FOR THE NONFICTION IT'S MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE PARENTS TO SAY, IT'S A GREAT READ. I WILL READ IT TO MY KIDS. SO INSTEAD THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS WANT THIS.

SO THE PRAIRIE AND YOU GO THROUGH THE PRAIRIE AND A DIFFERENT WEATHER EVENT. IS THE PRAIRIE SOMETHING YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS  -- IN?

I WENT TO KANSAS STATE FOR TWO YEARS AND I FELT THE COLD WIND FROM CANADA.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT, AND EVERY MONTH WE SEE A DIFFERENT ANIMAL IN THE WEATHER.

YES, DIFFERENT ANIMALS.

YES, THE RESEARCH IS VERY INTERESTING. IF YOU LOOK AT A PRAIRIE HABI HABITAT, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS TO CHOOSE. I HAD TO PICK ANIMALS TO TALK ABOUT AND BALANCE MAMMALS AND REPTILES. AND THEN THERE ALSO HAD TO BE A STORM TO GO ALONG WITH IT. A LOT OF BALANCES AND RESEARCH.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOURCE OF RESEARCH? DID YOU TALK TO WILDLIFE OFFICERS?

I DID TALK TO WILDLIFE OFFICERS AND CALLED THE PRAIRIE RESERVE AND ABOUT GRASS BURNING. SO WHEN I DO RESEARCH I DO FROM BOOK TO INTERNET TO SCIENTISTS.

SO THE PROCESS, DID YOU DO THE RESEARCH FIRST OR THE FORMAT LAID OUT IN YOUR MIND, MONTH BY MONTH.

I KNEW THE FORMAT WHEN I WROTE IT, AND THE RESEARCH IS TO FILL IN. MAYBE EIGHT OF THE MONTHS WERE EASY AND THEN BALANCE THE LAST FOUR. AND OF COURSE THE STORMS YOU HAD TO MAKE SURE YOU BALANCE THE STORMS. DO YOU PUT A TORNADO IN MARCH OR AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER? WHERE WOULD YOU PUT THAT ONE.

OR LATER IN THE YEAR. NOW DID YOUR PUBLISHER REQUIRE YOU, A LOT OF THEM DO IN NONFICTION TO BACK UP AND DO ATTRITION  -- ATTRIBUTION.

YES, I TAUGHT IN THE FORMAT AND TALKED ABOUT DOCUMENTATION AND HOW TO DO A BIBLIOGRAPHY. AND I USED THAT FOR THIS.

DID THEY TAKE IT BACK AND NOT HAVE SOLID INFORMATION OR SAIL THROUGH?

I SAILED THROUGH.

EXCELLENT. NOW YOU HAVE THE FORMAT AND THE RESEARCH DONE, AND YOU HAVE TO FIND AS CHILDREN'S AUTHORS HAVE TO FIND AN ILLUSTRATOR.

NOPE, I DON'T DO THAT.

YOU DON'T DO THAT.

THAT'S THE COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S WRITING. THE AUTHOR DOES NOT FIND AN ILLUSTRATOR. AND IF YOU DO, YOU PROBABLY CUT YOUR CHANCES OF BEING PUBLISHED IN HALF. BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE TO LIKE THE ART AND THE WORDS. I DO THE WORDS AND THEN I AM DONE. AND THEN A PUBLISHER FIND AN ILLUSTRATOR.

WHY ARE THEY LESS LIKELY TO CONSIDER YOU WITH YOUR OWN PARTNERSHIP?

SAY YOU HAVE ONE THAT YOU HAVE DONE BOTH THE WORD AND THE ART. THEN THEY HAVE TO LIKE THE WORD AND THE ART TOGETHER. THEY MAY LIKE THE WORDS OR THE ART. BUT DON'T LIKE THIS COMBINATION.

AND YOU SAY THAT'S THE RULE THAN THE EXCEPTION?

IT'S VERY MUCH OF AN EXCEPTION FOR YOU TO DO YOUR OWN ILLUSTRATIONS AND ACCEPT IT. THEY ALMOST NEVER DO IT.

SO YOU HAND OFF A MANUSCRIPT TO THEM.

YES.

I AM NOT ALLOWED TO SEEM THEM. I PICTURE IT IN MY MIND, BUT AT THE POINT THAT IT GOES TO THE ILLUSTRATOR I HAVE TO GIVE UP THE IMAGE. THAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE. AND LET THE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS DO THEIR WORK. AND WITH THIS PUBLISHER I HAVE INPUT. I CAN DO THE CRITIQUE AND SKETCHES.

YOU DO GET APPROVAL.

WITH SOME PUBLISHERS I DO, BUT THIS ONE IS NICE AND LET'S ME SEE ILLUSTRATORS.

OKAY, SO KATHLEEN WRIGHTS.

YES, FROM CHICAGO, AND VERY COLORFUL AND DID A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THE HABITATS THAT IS APPROPRIATE. THE ANATOMY OF THE ANIMALS AND HOW TO POSE THEM AND DOES A LOT OF RESEARCH ALSO.

IT TURNS OUT NICELY. AND THAT'S ALWAYS, YOU WAIT TO SEE. YOU HAND THE BOOK OFF. AND WOW, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

FOR ME, WHEN I SEE THE FINISHED BOOK, IT'S THE DEATH OF ONE BOOK OF THIS ONE I HAD IN MIND. AND THE BIRTH OF THIS NEW BOOK. I AM NOT AN ILLUSTRATOR AND NOT AN ARTIST. AND WHEN I SEE THIS NEW BOOK, IT'S ALWAYS BETTER THAN WHAT I COULD HAVE IMAGINED. THE ILLUSTRATOR'S VISION, THAT'S WHAT THEY DO.

OKAY, YOU HAVE DONE THE RESEARCH AND WRITTEN THE MANUSCRIPT AND NOW THEY HAVE PICTURES AND THE BOOK IS BOUND. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

WELL, PEOPLE BUY IT, WE HOPE.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT HAPPEN? HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT PEOPLE BUY IT?

OH, THE LAST 10 YEARS THINGS HAVE CHANGED SO MUCH ON THE INTERNET. I HAVE AN INTERNET PRESENCE, I HAVE A WEBSITE, DARCYPATTISON.COM. I HAVE A FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

WHAT KIND OF VIDEOS WOULD WE FIND ON YOUTUBE THAT GOES WITH THE BOOKS?

BOOK TRAILERS ARE POPULAR, AND LIKE A MOVIE HAS A TRAILER. THIS WOULD BE A SHORT VIDEO AND SOMETHING ABOUT THE BOOK. FOR PRAIRIE STORMS, WHAT I DID IS MULTIMEDIA. IN OTHER WORDS YOU CAN'T PUT THE SOUNDS OF THE ANIMALS IN THE BOOK BUT CAN ON A SHORT VIDEO. THE BOOK TRAILER HAS, WHAT DOES A COW SAY, MOO, WHAT DOES A HORSE SAY AND WHAT DOES A SKUNK SAY. SO THAT'S THE VIDEO, THE SOUNDS THAT THE ANIMALS MAKE. PEOPLE DO BLOG TOURS OR FORMS WHERE THEY TALK TO PARENTS OR SCIENCE EDUCATORS AND ALL TYPES OF THINGS. AND I DO CONFERENCES, AND ARKANSAS READING CONFERENCE WILL IN NOVEMBER AND I SPEAK AT THAT.

AND BOOKS WITH PEOPLE RELYING ON NEWSPAPERS AND BOOK REVIEWS. IS THERE ONE THAT EVERYONE TURNS TO FOR BOOKS?

PRETTY MUCH SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. HOW MANY YEARS HAS THAT BEEN AROUND?

FOR YEARS, AND SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL IS THE BIG ONE FOR SCHOOLS.

SO TEACHERS.

TEACHERS CAN LOOK AT YOUR REVIEWS THERE. AND THESE DAYS AMAZON IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE REVIEWS ON THERE.

YEAH, I DON'T REMEMBER SEEING A CHILDREN'S BOOK WITH THIS FORMAT. BREAKING IT DOWN BY THE MONTH. I AM SURE SOMEONE HAS, HAD YOU SEEN IT BEFORE?

I PROBABLY HAD SEEN IT, BUT I LIKE DOING IT, BECAUSE I KNOW IN KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE THEY WILL LEARN THE MONTHS. AND IT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE I WAS DOING THE STORMS AND EACH MONTH HAS A STORM ASSOCIATED WITH IT, IT MADE SENSE.

AND YOU HAVE LEARNING GUIDES IN IT, AND THIS IS THE SOURCE?

NO, SYLVAN IS THE PUBLISHER AND THEY LIKE TO PUT IN SOMETHING THAT THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS CAN USE TO TEACH THE CONCEPTS.

SO ONCE IT'S ALL PUT TOGETHER AND YOU PUBLICIZE AND YOU ARE ON THE YOUTUBE TRAILER AND NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE KIDS. WHAT ARE THE REACTIONS? DO YOU GET SOME?

I DO GET SOME, AND A FRIEND CALLED AND HER GRANDSON SAID, I KNOW THAT ANIMAL AND WHERE DID YOU SEE IT, I TOOK A BLUE ANGEL OVER TO SEE IT. BEING CREATIVE AND HAD A BLAST. AND I READ THIS TO STUDENTS LAST YEAR AT THE AUTOBON ASSOCIATE AND THEY HAD A PROGRAM. AND ONE BOY RAISED HIS HAND AND SAID, YOU KNOW THAT SOUNDED REALLY MELLOW, DID YOU MEAN TO DO THAT WHEN YOU WROTE IT? WELL, YES I DID. THAT WAS GREAT FEEDBACK THAT A KID NOTICED THAT I HAD WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE IT VERY EASY TO READ.

EASY TO READ AND SORT OF COMFORT FOOD AND LEARNING AT THE SAME TIME.

YEAH, THE READ-ALOUD QUALITIES ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.

WHEN I WAS TALKING TO YOU AND AS A KID, AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS, THERE WERE PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. BUT A LOT OF WHAT WE SAW WOULD BE ILLUSTRATED FAIRY  TALES, AND BASED ON PRE-CHRISTIAN LEGENDS AND NOT PRETTY STORIES. WITH A FLUTE PLAYER THAT SETTLED A DEBT. AND THESE WERE HARD LESSONS AND GRUESOME, AND YOU THINK THAT'S NOT THE BEST STUFF FOR KIDS.

IT'S LIVE.

YEAH, THEY WERE LIVE LESSONS.

RIGHT. SO TODAY YOU WILL SEE WHAT PEOPLE WILL CALL DISNEYIFIED FAIRY TALES, LIKE THE LITTLE MERMAID, IN THE STORY, WHEN SHE STEPS OUT ON LAND AND EVERY STEP IS PAINFUL. AND AT THE END THE PRINCE DOESN'T MARRY HER AND THE DISNEY VERSION IS VERY DIFFERENT. YOU SEE THAT. BUT CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, IT BALANCES IF YOU LOOK AT THE RANGE, THERE IS A BALANCE. THERE ARE STILL SOME LIGHT, HAPPY STORIES. BUT SOME STORIES WITH ELEMENTS OF REAL LIFE. TRAGEDY. AND THINGS HAPPEN. AND WHAT MATTERS TO ME IS THE ENDING. IS THERE A NOTE OF HOPE. SO IT'S NOT THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. BUT THAT'S WHAT LITERATURE DOES.

  SURE. NOW DO THE PUBLISHERS SIT DOWN AND SANCTION AND SAY, YOU CAN'T GO THIS PLACE OR BE THIS DARK OR GRUESOME, OR IT'S BASICALLY UNDERSTOOD. THE AUTHORS KNOW THEIR MARKET.

THE OLD JOKE IS THAT CHILDREN'S BOOKS ARE LIKE OTHERS JUST NO LANGUAGE AND NO SEXING.

IT'S GOT TO BE A CROWDED CATEGORY. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE FAR MORE PEOPLE ASPIRE TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S BOOK THAN PEOPLE TO WRITE A NOVEL FOR ADULTS. I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT IS?

I DON'T KNOW WHY, BECAUSE IT'S VERY DIFFICULT. A CHILDREN'S BOOK IS 500 WORDS OR LESS. AND IN THAT AMOUNT OF SPACE YOU MUST INTRODUCE A CHARACTER AND INTRODUCE A PROBLEM AND COMPLICATE THE PROBLEM AND HAVE SOME WRAP-UP WHERE THEY SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THAT'S IN 500 WORDS.

AND THAT'S THE AVERAGE MIDDLE-SIZED LETTER.

YEAH, TWO PAGES DOUBLE-SPACED.

SO EDITING IS CRUCIAL.

YES, WHEN YOU TALK TO A BEGINNING WRITER, I SAY CUT IT IN HALF. TO 500 WORDS. AND THEN SEE IF YOU CAN CUT OUT ANOTHER HUNDRED.

WOW, THAT'S NOT EASY. THAT'S THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING.

YES, IT'S VERY DIFFERENT TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK. NOVELS FOR KIDS AND IF YOU HAVE A KID AS THE CHARACTER AND NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN ADULT STORY.

WHERE DO PEOPLE THAT DECIDE THEY HAVE A KIDS' STORY AND WHERE DO THEY GO WRONG? WHAT IS THE WRONG NOTION FOR THAT?

THE FIRST THING THAT PEOPLE DO FOR PICTURE BOOKS IS THEY WRITE A RHYME'D PICTURE BOOK WITH A MORAL.

THAT'S DONE.

YEAH, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SELL. YOU CAN DO RHYMED STORIES. OF COURSE WE DO THE CAT IN THE HAT AND WHY IT'S SO POPULAR. BUT IT MUST BE EMACALATE. NO PROBLEMS WITH THE POETRY AND JUST BEAUTIFUL. AND WHEN YOU SAY, YOU KNOW A PICTURE BOOK SHOULD TEACH A LESSON. THAT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GO OVER WITH MOST PUBLISHERS. MOSTLY WHAT THEY WANT IS A GOOD STORY. AND THE LESSON YOU WANT TO TEACH MUST BE INTEGRAL TO THE STORY.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE PURSUE THAT BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY IS A LESSON TO BE TAUGHT.

YES, THAT'S THE WRONG MOTIVE.

DARCY, WE SHOULD SPEND TIME TALKING ABOUT THE AWARDS AND CITATIONS AND CONCERNS FOR YOUR PROLIFIC WRITING CAREER. AND WE DON'T HAVE TIME, TOO MUCH OF IT. BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT ONE THING, AND THE NOVEL, "THE HELP" AND FOLLOWED UP BY A SUCCESSFUL MOVIE. AND THEY HAD A WRITING BASED CONTEST AND TELL US ABOUT THAT.

WELL, THEHELPMOVIE.COM HAD A CONTEST FOR SHORT STORY, AND I ENTERED AND HAD A STORY THAT WAS 600 WORDS AND ADDED A NANNY AND I WON.

MY GOSH.

I HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW MANY ENTRIES. THE HEAD WRITER FOR SESAME STREET WAS THE JUDGE. WHAT I WIN IS ILLUSTRATIONS. AGAIN THE AUTHOR DOESN'T DO ILLUSTRATIONS. AND THEY WILL HAVE IT ILLUSTRATED AND IT'S A FREE MOVIE ON AMAZON. AND BOOK AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.

SO LOOK FOR THAT ONLINE AND GOOGLE "THE HELP" AND THE BOOK.

YES, AND THE STORY IS CALLED, 11 WAYS TO RUIN A PHOTOGRAPH. BECAUSE I LIVE NEAR THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. I SEE FAMILIES WHERE THE FATHER IS SENT OFF OVERSEAS. AND I ALWAYS LOOK AT IT FROM THE KIDS' POINT OF VIEW. IT'S SAD. AND ONE LITTLE GIRL SAYS, MY DADDY IS NOT HERE AND IT IS NOT A FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM AND NO PICTURE WILL TURN OUT GOOD. AND FINDS WAYS TO RUIN THE PHOTOGRAPH AND WITH UMBRELLA AND ACROSS THE FACE. A LOT OF FUN.

NOT THAT KIDS NEED HELP TO RUIN THAT. WHAT A GREAT IDEA, CONGRATULATIONS. I WANT TO LOOK, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL CATALOG. THESE TWO ARE FANTASTIC, WE LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF OLIVER K. WOODMAN. DIFFERENT FROM THE PRAIRIE STORMS.

THESE ARE FICTION.

AND OLIVER IS A MAN-MADE OF WOOD AND GETS AROUND.

YEAH, THIS IS ABOUT A CHARACTER WHO WANTS TO SEE UNCLE RAY, AND SHE LIVES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, AND SHE SAYS, COME SEE ME. I SAYS I HAVE TO WORK AND CAN'T COME, BUT HE BUILDS A WOODEN MAN AND THIS IS ABOUT THE TRAVELS. WHEN I WROTE THAT, I GOT A MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, AND LOOKED AT PLACES HE MIGHT GO. AND IT'S PLACES I WANTED TO GO OR WHERE I HAVE FRIEND OR FAMILY. OR NEVER HAVE BEEN. AND I TELL THEM THEY WIND UP AT THE REDWOOD FOREST. AND I SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE SKYSCRAPERS IN ARKANSAS AND TALLER. AND I WANT TO SEE IT. AND THE NICE THING AS AN AUTHOR, MY CHARACTERS CAN GO. AND THAT'S WHAT I DID, I SENT MY CHARACTER ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. AND IT'S USED IN CLASSROOMS, AND TEACHERS TELL ME IT'S GREAT TO TEACH LETTER WRITING AND MAP READING AND LOTS OF THINGS. BUT FOR ME THE STORY IS IMPORTANT.

YEAH, THAT'S WHAT STRIKES YOU, AND THIS NOT A THING FOR THE CLASSROOM BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT WAY. YOU HAVE OTHER NOVELS, AND DO YOU HAVE OLDER CHILDREN'S CATEGORY?

I HAVE ONE NOVEL, AND IT'S CALLED "THE WAY FINDER" AND IT'S A MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL.

IT'S UNIQUE AND WE DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH TIME BUT IN A SENTENCE WHAT IT IS ABOUT?

IT'S A FANTASY STORY ABOUT A BOY THAT GOES ON A QUEST FOR HEALING FOR HIS LAND.

OKAY, WE LOOK FOR THAT AND YOU WRITE ABOUT CHILDREN'S HIGHLIGHTS THAT ALL AGES HAVE LOOKED AT FOR YEARS. AND LOTS OF OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND YOU WRITE ABOUT QUILTING AND WRITING. AND BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, LET'S READ SOME "PRAIRIE STORMS." CAN WE GO THREE MONTHS AND TAKE THE FALL OF THE YEAR AND TAKE US THROUGH THAT.

SURE. SEPTEMBER. THE BURROING OWL CHICKS HAVE GROWN AND FLOWN BUT THE MOMMA AND POPPA ARE STILL AT THE NEST. WITH A SPREADING OF THE AUTUMN CHILL, AND WHEN BURROING ALLS IT'S TIME AND TO THE LANDS. OCTOBER. ONE NIGHT IT ECHOES AND SUDDENLY HAIL STONES POUND TO THE GROUND, AND A COUGAR HIDDEN ON A LEDGE HE DRIES ON BRITTLE BONES. NOVEMBER. ICY WEATHER AND THE BALD EAGLE SPREADING HIS WINGS AND WHEN THE STORM PASSES HE HUNTS.

DARCY PATTISON, THE PRAIRIE STORM, AND THIS IS VERY NICE AND TAKES US THROUGH THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR AND MONTH BY MONTH. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW, DARCY?

WELL, THE COMPANION BOOK FOR THIS IS OUT NEXT AUGUST, AND IT'S CALLED DESERT BATHS. AND IT'S HOW ANIMALS IN THE DESERT TAKE A BATH. AND IT'S HABITAT AND ANIMALS AND THAT EXTRA THING, HYGIENE.

YOU FOUND A GOOD THING AND YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO CHECK OUT "PRAIRIE STORM." AND IT'S FUN AND YOU LEARN A LOT. AND ALL IN YOUR CATEGORY, FOR ALL OF THAT, CONGRATULATIONS. CARRY ON.

THANK YOU.

DARCY PATTISON, OUR GUEST TODAY ON "ON THE SAME PAGE."

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