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Veda Boyd Jones enjoys the challenge of writing for diverse readers. She is the author of forty-two books: from a coloring book to nonfiction and fiction for children to romance novels for adults. Other published works include over 500 articles and stories in children’s and adult magazines (Cricket, Highlights, Humpty Dumpty, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Woman’s World, Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac, etc.), articles in reference books, and five romance novellas. Jones earned an MA in history at the University of Arkansas, has taught writing at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, currently teaches for the Institute of Children’s Literature, and reviews books for Publisher’s Weekly. She served on the literature panel for the Missouri Arts Council and is a past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. She and her husband, Jimmie, an architect, have three sons.
Jones previously won the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the articles division for a children’s profile of Rachel Carson. Back when she was writing romances, her romance novel Callie’s Mountain was voted best contemporary in an annual readers’ poll by Heartsong Presents. Among her awards through the years from the Missouri Writer’s Guild are Best Magazine Article, Best Historical Article, Best Adult Fiction, Best Children’s Fiction, Best Children’s Book, and Best Romance Novel.