Author recently churns out list of children’s books

AMORY – Whereas writers resource guides suggest churning out 1,000 words a day, local author Pat Brannon inks her thoughts when she’s inspired.
The Amory writer has drawn from plenty of inspiration in the past several months.

With four books released in the latter part of 2012 and five more finished  and to be published, Brannon has stayed busy more recently between interviews and speaking engagements.

RAY VAN DUSEN/MONROE JOURNAL PENS TO PAPER – Local author Pat Brannon holds her latest book in the midst of a collection of books she's penned in the past 11 years. She has enough material written for several more books for whenever he illustrator can catch up to collaborate.

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PENS TO PAPER – Local author Pat Brannon holds her latest book in the midst of a collection of books she’s penned in the past 11 years. She has enough material written for several more books for whenever he illustrator can catch up to collaborate.

“I pour my heart into any book I write, especially with the children’s books. I want the kids to literally wear them out. I try to put positive things in my books while not being too preachy, but more entertaining,” Brannon said.
Brannon attributes her two battles with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006 and 2011 as a push for her to work so hard with her writing.
“God gave me the title of an upcoming book, ‘This Victory Belongs to God…’ for an upcoming book about being a cancer survivor. It will definitely be the most challenging book I’ve ever written. By Him giving me the name, it was a way for me to know everything was going to be okay,” Brannon said.
She said the first miracle of her life stemmed from her birth.
“My mother was unable to have children and she asked the Lord if she could have just one, He could use the child however he saw fit,” Brannon said.
Her works carry underlying messages and meanings addressing topics like choosing to lead or follow. With her presentation of ‘Filthy Farley O’Charlie McBarley,’ Brannon goes in full character to address bullying.
To follow up her latest collaboration with illustrator Karen Deming, ‘Has a Donkey Ever Brought You Breakfast in Bed?’, the two will soon release ‘The Swizzledorfes Visit the Big Top.’ Like many of Brannon’s books, it is a rhyming picture book and will address overcoming fear.
Brannon’s books are available locally at Stafford’s Christian Supply and online at Amazon.com.
For schools wanting to discuss an author visit with Brannon, a fund-raiser using her books and/or churches or civic and community leaders wanting to discuss inviting her to speak at events, she can be reached by e-mail at www.patbrannon31@gmail.com and easily found on many social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.