born- June 27
twitter username @mrnlovato
Children’s, Fiction, Poetry
Most importantly, my parents.
Writing the “Great American Novel” has always been a dream, but it seemed that life would get in the way! Wrote short stories when I was a child and then started writing poetry when I graduated from college. Dedicated a poem and a scrapbook of pictures to my parents one year for Christmas just to let them know how much I loved them. Tears flowing from their eyes told me I had reached their hearts as well. Heck, I even wrote a poem that was copyrighted and put in the Denver Broncos locker room when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl.
After graduating from college, I spent two years as a teacher in Colorado. Then I moved back to Wyoming to raise my boys. The next twenty years were spent as a teacher in this system. I retired from teaching the first time and went back to Colorado to spend the next 13 years in retail. The turn of the century found me in Las Vegas where I became part of the Clark County School District in 2004. I retired again in 2011. My younger son asked me how many times I was going to do this! I told him, “Until I get it right”. Well, so far, so good.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about teaching was watching the expression on children’s faces when they were thoroughly enjoying a story. Big smiles, and totally involved. By this time, I had two cats in the family. Even though the idea of a novel was still in the back of my mind, I decided to write about the younger cat named Sammy. He was a feral cat for about 5 months before we finally trapped him. It took several years and a LOT of patience to get him to the point that he would trust us. It paid off. He will always have that streak of not trusting completely. However, he is now very lovable and funny. I just have to laugh at him sometimes with the crazy things he does. So, I took some of these crazy things, combined it with my imagination, and you have Sam, the Superkitty. There are three separate stories in the book written in prose form. Two of those stories are also written in poetry form. This book has been read to elementary classes and is kid approved