Congratulations on the release of CHANCES ARE Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
An entertaining alphabet book with unusual animals doing zany things. Aardvarks, komodo dragons, and many more incredible creatures. The comical illustrations will capture the imagination while building reading skills at many levels. Also included are activities for parents/teachers to do with children.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Susan: I love working with children and writing poetry so I thought I would combine two of my passions and create the book.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Susan: I absolutely adore the illustrations by Jack Foster. He does amazing work. Overall I love how the animals are doing funny things which draws in the young readers.
Is this your first published book?
Susan: Yes. This is my first book published.
We’d love to hear more about you.
I grew up on a farm in rural Illinois with a wonderful Christian family. I have a twin sister, Sandy, and an older brother, Darren. I went to a small high school in Bluffs, Illinois. I was active in MANY things. I played basketball, volleyball, and softball. I was also involved in band, student council, National Honor Society, and various other clubs. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education/Biology from Illinois College where I also continued being active in sports; volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I received my Master's in Elementary Education and Reading From Western Illinois University. I have been a teacher and coach for many years. I married Frank Wood in 2004 and moved to Missouri. We now have two active boys, Frank Jr. and Gary.
I have had a passion for writing my entire life. I published my first poem when I was around ten years old. I enjoy writing for children as well as poetry, plays, magazine articles, musical lyrics and musical composition. I hope to continue writing for many years.
The most important things to me are my faith in God, my family, and my friends.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for CHANCES ARE?
Susan: In late November I will be doing a book signing/tour in Illinois where I grew up. I hope to have a signing in Missouri some time in early December. I'm in the process of scheduling it all now.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming CHANCES ARE events?
Susan: I currently have an author's Facebook page under Susan Bangert-Wood books. The link is below. I am also working on my personal website now thanks to my husband.