Release Date Announcement

November 5, 2021

Jennifer Greene-Sullivan

I wrote A Friend for Festus last November while my students were working on an essay. I had the pleasure of working with a very gifted, special group of tenth graders. Fortunately for me, I am blessed enough to teach them AGAIN this year in eleventh grade lit/comp.

I shared my draft with them and allowed them to help me edit. In August, I sent the manuscript to my illustrator, Joshua Wichterich. This morning, he sent me ALL the painted sketches, and I am in the process of laying the book out. I have completed a first pass for the draft, but I am going to let my students critque it a few more times before I upload it to Amazon.

Liam, my four year old son, asked to read the book for a second time today after presenting him my first formatted draft. His response is a really good sign. My last two books, he only wanted to read more than once when they were in paperback form.

I called my brother this afternoon and asked his permission to use his birthday for my release date for A Friend for Festus. He laughed and said that his birthday isn’t special, but it is to me! He was my first “baby.” I was five when he was born, and I took my role as his big sister VERY seriously. I still remember holding him and reading to him as a baby and as a little boy. I know that releasing it on his birthday will bring luck and a blessing.

SNEAK PEEK is coming soon!!

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I am an English teacher, mother, and wife, but I love to write. I feel that I am blessed to be able to use my talent to write about my children's books, poems, short fiction, and parenting. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my experiences with beginning a writing career while focusing on my children and my job. I look forward to comments and to hear from my readers!

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