April 25, 2012
The dynamic Samantha DeGrasse, mother, author, speaker and entrepreneur never gives up on her goals. From the age of eight when she first began writing in her journal, she knew she wanted to one day write and publish her own books. Mission accomplished. Inspired by the creativity of the arts while growing up in the Bronx, New York, Samantha has parlayed that energy into two published books.
With a degree in Sociology and a minor in Communications, she is in pursuit of her M.Ed. in School Counseling. Her books teach valuable life lessons to children. A love of horses became the catalyst for writing her most recent book, Taber the Beautiful, a beautifully illustrated horse story. Samantha plans to make Taber the first in a series of books for children—each with a life message.
A natural entrepreneurial spirit from the age of nine, she created and sold her own line of handmade cards. That success gave her a vision for a future in the arts. Throughout high school and college she acted in off, off Broadway plays and performed in children’s plays, all the time continuing to write in her journals and envision one day writing and publishing her own books.
Samantha’s first children’s book, Jordan and the Red Silk Scarf, published in 2006, relates a message of telling the truth. Taber the Beautiful, published in 2011, is the beginning of a series of books with lessons for children. Taber has been selected by a school in Atlanta for recognition by instituting a scholarship called the Taber Collection Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, available to students K – 5, will recognize and honor a student who overcomes a struggle with self esteem. DeGrasse’s passion for building self esteem and eliminating bullying is the foundation of this scholarship. The Taber Scholarship is a unique concept for elementary grades.
DeGrasse’s books can be found locally at Landmark Booksellers, Franklin, Parnassus Books and Cheekwood, Nashville as well as online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Her next appearance for a book signing is on April 21, 2012 at Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home.
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Mary Ann Weakley, a Spring Hill resident, is published in the anthology, Gathering, Writers of Williamson County and has recently completed a memoir. She is a member of the Living Writers Collective, a Spring Hill writers group. An Illinois native, she has lived in Middle Tennessee since 1986.