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A love of the English language was fostered in Violet Yates at a young age. Since the time she could first read, books were an escape to a world full of fantasy and imagination, where horses became unicorns and wings, where tornadoes picked up houses and little girls and they somehow landed in an emerald city. Having grown up in Hawaii, there was quite a bit of Hawaiian legend to be told to little Violet, as well as Chinese stories of girls and boys being born from peaches and growing from trees. She wrote her first story at age 8 and sent it into Highlights magazine, who sadly rejected it. But that did not stop her. Throughout Violet's life, she worked at perfecting her writing, striving to achieve straight A's in school.
While in New York in her 30's, Her love of words led her to seek a Bachelor's degree in English, and during those years she wrote a novel, a novella and several short stories. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration.
Violet loves to read, write, watch movies, listen to music and dream. She considers the Bible to be the best book ever written.
Violet has three children,a 23 year old son who is strong and wise, a 22 year old son who is handsome and makes her so proud, and a beautiful 13 year old daughter who takes after her mother a great deal.
Currently Violet lives in on the Kona Coast in Hawaii.
on Aug. 11, 2011 :
I am afraid that this is going to be a short review, primarily because I have already given up my copy of this book, and now I cannot go back and quote the passages that I had marked.
The short of it is that Violet Yates has talent. There are several poems in here that are quite, quite good. There are some others that are trite or where the rhyme is too forced. Most of the problems I see, however, are common and easily solved with more reworking of the poems or with a stricter eye toward selecting which works to publish.
I enjoyed the read and would look forward to other collections by Ms. Yates.
(review of free book)