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4/6/2007

EAC student publishes her first book

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC student and first-time author, Kimberly Clawson, recently published her first book, Fun O’ Licious, a collection of short stories and poems for children. [EAC-Todd Haynie photo]
 

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Twenty-year-old Eastern Arizona College student Kimberly Clawson of Sierra Vista recently published her first book, a collection of short stories and poems entitled, Fun O’ Licious. The book was illustrated by Sierra Vista artist and family friend, Gail Bellomy. The book is in the tradition of Shel Silverstein (whom Clawson counts as one of her role models), with such stories and poems as, Jabbers the Parrot and The Weird, Annoying, and Bizarre World of Freckles!

The stories and poems have been percolating since high school. It was as a sophomore student at Buena High School that Clawson decided to pursue writing more seriously and made it a goal to be published. “I’ve always loved writing!” she explained. “I’ve been writing since I was very little.”

Where do her ideas come from? “Anything can trigger a story,” said Clawson. “One day I had the hiccups and decided to write about that.” While her stories are decidedly for a younger audience, they can be enjoyed by everyone.

After she had a large collection of stories, she started shopping around for a publisher. Rejections did come, however. In fact, she received 25 rejections before Baltimore publishing house, Publish America, agreed to take her book. In spite of it all, she never lost sight of what she wanted. “I was sure of myself,” she explained. “I was sure I had talent and I knew what I wanted.”

Now that she has reached her goal there’s no stopping her. Clawson has already begun work on her second book, tentatively titled Spunktacular. “The door has barely creaked open with this book (Fun O’ Licious),” she says. “There is so much more I want to do. My goal is to be with Scholastic.”

She does have a fall-back plan, however. She is currently finishing the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at EAC and may one day become a Registered Nurse. But if her writing takes off, she would definitely consider doing it full time.

In addition to her nursing assistant class, she is also taking Dr. Marilyn Wilton’s Short Story Writing class at EAC, which she credits for helping her improve her writing skills. “You never want to stay in the same place as a writer, or in any career,” she said.

Clawson has been busy setting up and appearing at book signings locally, in Sierra Vista, Phoenix, and Tucson, and speaking to high school students about her experiences. Fun O’ Licious is available at Amazon.com, B. Dalton, and through Publish America’s website, www.publishamerica.com.

If you’d like to meet Clawson, her next book signing will be at Bookworms in Thatcher on April 21 at 2 p.m.

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