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ABOUT MICKI BARE

The first stories I wrote were letters to my cousin. We were preschool pen pals. At the age of 7, I received my most cherished gift—a thesaurus. After 16 years as an early childhood executive and six years in advertising as a writer, editor, and web content manager, I temporarily resigned from the workforce to focus on family needs. I began working part time in 2014 as an associate editor for a parenting magazine. Today, I am a marketing director for a nonprofit that serves children and families. In addition to the three Thurston T. Turtle children’s books, I was a columnist for 18 years. Currently, I'm working on a middle grades series.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through writing, I endeavor to develop and nurture a love for reading and writing. With wholesome, relatable early reader chapter books and challenging middle grade low-fantasy novels, I hope to inspire children to be better, more compassionate, and more tolerant than the generations that came before them. I want to inspire young readers to unlock their own creativity and follow their dreams.