Oops!!! Having all that fun with other writers left me so exhausted I forgot to put up the new round of Name This Author last Wednesday. Sorry, folks. But I’ve got a good one for you. Here we go:
Facts most people don’t know about our featured author, in her own words:
(1) I am crazy about animals, but because we lived on the campus of a Christian school (where my folks were teachers), I couldn’t have any pets. I also had a vivid imagination, so I had an imaginary Cocker Spaniel named Captain and an imaginary bay horse named Brown Prince. I “rode” Brown Prince all over the campus, faithful Captain at my side. Captain was so “real,” that my parents wrapped an imaginary collar for him at Christmas, and once when we got in the car, I yelled at my brother because he shut the door on Captain’s leg. But the story my family likes to tell most is the time I came running back home after leaving for school. My mother said, “What are you doing back home? The bell is going to ring in one minute!” Me in great angst: “But I forgot to feed Captain!”
(2) The Seattle World’s Fair (1962) coincided with my senior year in high school and became a favorite hangout and go-to place for me and my friends. One time a group of us girlfriends were walking around the fair and they began teasing me: “Why don’t you pretend to faint and see what happens.” I said no, no, no–but then, just to get them off my back, I suddenly dropped to the ground. Faithless friends! They all disappeared except my best buddy. A crowd gathered. Peeking through my eyelashes I saw the yellow stripe of a policeman’s pant leg. Someone said: “Call an ambulance!” But my buddy saved the day. “Oh, no, she’ll be all right. She has these fainting spells, but she usually comes around after about a minute.” My clue. So I “came around,” blinking and looking bewildered, let my friend help me up and we walked away. My crazy act became “the stuff of legends” in my family. Ha!
- Entrant must put their guess in a comment on the Write Thinking blog. Commenting on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t count toward a chance to win.
- Entrant must have a USA mailing address to be eligible to win a book. (Sorry. Cost of postage outside the US is too prohibitive.)
- The first person to name the featured author correctly wins a Robin Lee Hatcher novel (of Robin’s choice). If no one has guessed correctly by Friday morning, there will be no winner for this round. Many of our featured authors also offer a book to the winner, but that changes from week to week, so no guarantees.
- If there is a winner, he or she will be announced in an update at the bottom of this post. If the winner fails to contact Robin at her Write Thinking email address (see left sidebar) with his/her mailing address, no prize will be awarded to a runner-up.
- No one who has won a book within one month is eligible to win.
Be sure to check back to this post on Friday to see the answer and to see if you’ve won.
UPDATE: I’m afraid we stumped our readers this week. Our featured author is Neta Jackson and the photo collage is not just of her. It is four generations of her family, all at the age of 5. Cool, huh? Top pix is of her mom, the middle left is Neta’s daughter, the middle right is Neta, and the bottom pix is Neta’s granddaughter. They look so much alike, I thought they were all Neta!
NETA JACKSON is the author of the popular novel, The Yada Yada Prayer Group, and its sequels (seven novels in all), and a spin-off series calledThe Yada Yada House of Hope. These novels were inspired by a real women’s Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, “God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up.” The novels have also generated many invitations for Neta to speak at women’s retreats around the country. Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team who have written the best-selling Trailblazer books–a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see www.trailblazerbooks.com). The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area. They are also the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own. (For more information, go to www.daveneta.com.)
Check back next week for another round of Name This Author!