Some writing inspiration!

July 28, 2012 | 0

If you’ve been meaning to get around to writing for publication and keep putting it off, this might motivate you: My 96-year-old step-grandmother, Betty X. Davis, just published a story called “The Last Bicycle” in the current issue of Spider Magazine, one of the most respected magazines of children’s literature.

Betty is the most amazing senior I know: mother of nine, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of nine (and another on the way), Betty is an active member in the her local Austin, Texas, chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, walks at least half a mile almost every day, plays tennis twice a week, and somehow finds time to write fiction!

“The Last Bicycle” is a delightful story set in the French town of Uzaire near the end of World War II. It’s about a boy named Jacques, an American soldier from Texas, and a most loved and rare bicycle…and so much more. I loved this story, as well as her last one that was published in Spider, “The Magic Needle”. Betty is a real talent and I encourage you to find both of these stories if you have children in your life.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, of Quaker stock, Betty has lived in Texas for 75 years. She just completed another short story “Evolution of Buttercup”, and has started a series, “Mitzy Lynn Takes Charge of the World.” She remains such an inspiration to me!

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