Donald Enz

Biography

I was born in 1946 and raised in central Illinois. During my youth, I was lucky to be able to visit my parent's families each summer in two very small towns and had, in my opinion, free range over what I did. It was a great and unique experience that allowed my imagination to grow wild.
I started to write and paint at a very early age and have been lucky to be able to continue my creativity my entire life. To do so has caused many difficulties at times, but I wouldn't trade a second of it. Being creative and being able to express myself in paintings, sculptures, and writing has made me a better person. I recommend creative freedom to everyone.
I have a BS degree in English, an MA in sculpture, and an MFA in ceramics.

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Books

1862 Diary of Mary M. Baker from Orrington, Maine
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,040. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Mary M. Baker began writing this diary when she was twenty-three years old. It is the beginning of the Civil War and several of her town friends did enlist. All around her people are dying from various diseases, but life continued on. Mary describes daily life and what she and her friends did, be it going to school or church meetings, traveling to see relatives.
So Many Places and other Poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
This is an illustrated poetry book written for child to adult ages. Many of the poems are humorous and most have a moral at the end. All of the poems are original and the ones with illustrations were written specifically for that image. I wrote these with children in mind and many reflect memories of my youth, reserving the right to embellish and exaggerate as I felt necessary.
Toby The Dragon and other poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
This is a collection of poems for children 10 and up. It has original poems and illustrations. The poems with illustrations were written specifically for that painting. I have tried to incorporate life lessons into many of the poems. These poems are from my life experiences and I hope children will enjoy the colorful images.
Personify This
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A poetry book where the poems may have several meanings, depending upon whether you are reading the words with, or without the personification. Both interpretations make sense, but the personified version makes the reader use their imaginations. In some cases, even the author has to work at keeping the persons, objects, and whatever else is personified, straight.
Edith B. Ziegenhorn Diaries - A Young Girl's Life In Claytonville, Illinois - 1914 to 1917
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,610. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Art
Transcribed diaries of Edith B. Ziegenhorn. The diaries are from Feb. 1914 to Mar. 1917. Edith begins writing when she is fifteen and describes the daily life of family, friends, and the chores and hardships of living in the small community of Claytonville, Illinois. The editor left all grammar and spelling errors in to reflect the truth of her writing.
My Green Marble and other poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Poems written and illustrated for a younger audience, ages 8 and up. All illustrations are painted by the author and have inspired the poems which accompany them. Most of the poems do have a life lesson and are based on my experiences as a child. Children younger than 6 may enjoy the art and most of the poems, but they might not understand the moral lessons.
The Ugly Little Tree
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
This is a short story with illustrations about a small tree being cut down as a Christmas tree. It was very small and not mature or filled out. Thus, it was considered "ugly."
Sue's Shoes and other poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
This is a collection of twenty-six original poems and fourteen original illustrations painted by the author. It is directed toward children of all ages and I have tried to incorporate lessons of life into each poem. The Illustrations are colorful and bright. I have deliberately made this book fun to read and enjoyable to look through.

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Smashwords book reviews by Donald Enz

  • A Little Bit Elephant on March 05, 2012

    I highly recommend this book. It's entertaining and challenges the reader to think about words and the author's imagery. Too often, authors are afraid to write verse with multiple interpretations, Barnaby-Wilde is not. I consider this a "must read" for people with imaginations. The author has a great sense of observation of the things around him. He conveys this observation to his audience in whimsical, ironic verse. An entertaining book on all levels.