A bi-weekly feature profiling the talented authors and illustrators who bring children’s books to life.
Jeri Chase Ferris remembers being twelve years old and riding her black Arabian mare through the golden wheat fields of Nebraska under steel gray thunderheads. “That combination…is seared in my memory,” she says. Perhaps it was the dramatic contrast of colors. Perhaps it was Ferris’s first attempt as a future writer to record an event of visceral importance. In hindsight, she reflects that her own age during her most vivid memory is the same age as most of her readers today. Ferris says, “I didn’t want to be a writer. I read all the time, but I never thought that someone had to write those books.” More…
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