Connie Spittler’s story “Universal Language” appears in the July released CUP OF COMFORT FOR CAT LOVERS, Adams Media’s national best selling series. The book celebrating feline friends is available in bookstores or from Connie. She read from the the CUP OF COMFORT, as well as from her book THE DESERT ETERNAL at the Humane Society’s Adopt-A-Thon Fair on August 2nd. When Connie read to a group of children there, she noticed one girl about ten years old, hanging on every word. The child’s eyes widened with the story’s events, and she frowned when appropriate. The girl also whispered little comments, like “Oh, no,” and “Aw” to add to the reading and flashed a bit smile afterward. About half an hour later, the little girl came back and whispered, “would you read me the story again? Of course that is exactly what happened. It was Connie’s turn to smile, because it’s truly one of the reasons that writers write, isn’t?
At this same event, Connie sold a copY of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GRANDPARENT’S SOUL, which contains her story, “Through a Windowpane,” the true tale of a granddaughter and a baby quail. The purchaaser had her son with her and a neighbor child. The woman told Connie the book would be a gift for the little girl’s grandparents, who were adopting the child after her parents disappeared. That book received a very special inscription, indeed CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GRANDPARENT’S SOUL is available through Amazon.
Recently Connie rewrote the story, “Through the Windowpane” and called it, “The Nest. Recently she received word that it was selected as a finalist in the Enviornmental Protection Agency competition called the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. Only stories that were intergenerational were considered. Results expected sometime in the fall.
Taken from the October-November 2008 THE WRITE WORD the newsletter of THE SOCIETY OF SOUTHWESTERN AUTHORS