Introducing Children’s Author, Robert Ross Hedges

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Robert Ross Hedges! He will be signing and selling his children’s book, The Key to Christmas, at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 7th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

The Key to Christmas is set during the holiday season of the late 1970’s. A young boy named Toby stumbles upon the find of a lifetime. His discovery leads him on an adventure that he will never forget. Follow Toby as he goes on a toboggan run, flies in a hot air balloon, and meets Santa who helps him answer a very important Christmas question.
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Robert is happily married and has two children, Sophie and Cooper. He is a social studies teacher at SENSE Charter School in downtown Indianapolis and has been teaching for 16 years.

Robert will be signing copies of The Key to Christmas during the show. If you can’t make the Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, the book is also available on Amazon.

To learn more about Robert or to purchase copies of his children’s book, The Key to Christmas, check him out on social media.


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Featuring Children’s Author, Kimberly Hoffman


Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Kimberly Hoffman! She will be signing and selling her books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Sunday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Kimberly Hoffman is the author of Emma’s Dancing Day and Sigmund Stanley Spider Squared.

She enjoys presenting programs related to her books at schools, libraries, and civic groups on topics such as “How to Write a Story,” “Overcoming Obstacles,” “Thinking Outside the Box Regarding Disabilities,” as well as other subjects. Her favorite program includes teaching a bit of ballet and then leading the students in dance.

Kimberly grew up in Columbus, Indiana where trips to the library happened nearly every week of her childhood. She loves to read and thinks the library is a wonderful place to be. She knows that books can teach us, transport us to new realms, inspire us, cause us to cry, or make us fall over laughing.


Kimberly loves to dance, although she had not taken a lesson until about 10 years ago. She can often be found dancing around her house (and sometimes in public) choreographing to whatever song is playing.

She is married to Paul, who is also an author, and together they have six children, one grandchild, and three grand-kitties.

Be sure to find Kimberly on
Facebook – Kimberly S Hoffman
Twitter @SpiderAuthor
Instagram @spiderscribe
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Invite her to speak to your group! She can also be reached at

Shining Today’s Spotlight on Children’s Author, John Graham


     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, John Graham! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Thursday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     John Graham is an author, presenter, and publisher living and working in Brownsburg Indiana with his family. John enjoys writing for children of all ages and has published books and comics that can be read by all ages together.


     His holiday book, No Sweets For Santa, encourages families to start a new tradition of leaving pizza for Santa on Christmas eve and features extras like a song, a game, and recipe to make the experience even better.


     You can find John’s published work at his website,, along with information about his elementary school presentation program about creating characters, and his special comic creation service for local organizations.


     John also feels strongly about helping new creators reach their goals, so please stop by and ask him how to make your book or comic project a reality. Through his desire to help others, John created a local yearly event called The INDYpendent Show.
     This free event happens each Spring and gives new creators a chance to learn from talented people in a variety of creative fields. Visit the website for more information.

“Patches and the Delightful Dragon Day” – An Exciting Children’s Book from


     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the local authors from, Bill and Katie Frederick! They will be signing and selling their books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     Bill and Katie Frederick authored “Patches and the Delightful Dragon Day,” and “The Kite Surprise,” picture books for ages 4 to 8. They are currently working on Patches book two.



     Bill, a clinical mental health therapist, works extensively with children and families. He is known for storytelling and humor when presenting at state conferences on the use of stories in therapy. He is a graduate of DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
     Katie works on special projects in research, writing, and development. She continues the path of developing children’s books. She obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
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Presenting Local Author, Floyd Simeon Root


     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Floyd Simeon Root! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M., and Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Floyd Simeon Root has been enchanted with stories ever since his mother told him stories as a child. She also read the classics to him and his siblings.


     He has two books published. Mystic Waters is an accumulation of Hoosier wit and ruminations, short stories, and a panoramic garden of verse. It is illustrated by Brown County artists Lynne Foster Fife and William Henry Root.


     The Benefactor is a fast paced, psychological drama with political intrigue, an innocent love story, and massive betrayal. It is a huge themed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and forever change the way you view the world.


     His third book, Timothy, Spot-on, and the Wolf, is an illustrated children’s book and should be available in time for the Indianapolis Christmas Gift & Hobby Show.
     To learn more about Floyd, check out his website:

Indiana’s Own Children’s Author, Cynthia Port


     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Cynthia Port! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Cynthia was born and raised right here in Indiana, and after living in Maryland and Minnesota for a few years, Indiana convinced her to come back. She now lives here with her husband, two daughters, and a head full of stories.

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     Her first book, Kibble Talk, won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Award and has close to 150 reviews on Amazon with a 4.8 average. Dog Goner has been equally well received.
     Children and adults love the series equally, especially if they have a soft spot in their hearts for dogs–and who doesn’t? With its humor, relatable characters and gentle messaging, the Kibble Talk series is a popular choice for teachers.
     Cynthia feels strongly about supporting teachers. She visits schools across Indianapolis to talk about her books and, through her free books to teachers program, visits schools all across America via Skype.
     In addition to writing novels and raising her kids, she is a scientific writer, school volunteer, crafter, cook and all around way too busy person.

     To learn more about Cynthia, check out her website:

Children’s Author and Illustrator – Julee Sims


Julee will be signing and selling her books at the 66th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, on Friday, November 13th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., in the Local Authors’ Booth #303.

Julee Sims is the author and illustrator of the A.J. the Apple books. A.J. the Apple teaches children life lessons they can relate to even though A.J. is a little apple just hanging out in his tree. Julee is from Yorktown, IN and is writing more books to create a whole series about A.J. and his adventures he has while growing up. There are currently three in the series and more will be released soon.


A.J.’s Big Move tells the story of when A.J. and his family have to move across the orchard to a new apple tree. A.J. doesn’t want to leave his home but he finds that there are new and different things to love at his new home. When he makes new friends he realizes that he will be very happy in his new home.


In A.J. Loses a Tooth, he doesn’t realize that he is supposed to lose his tooth and he thinks that he has broken it. He tries to fix it himself because he is afraid that he will get into trouble. A.J. learns that when he has questions or problems he should go to his parents for help.


When A.J. talks with his mouth full at dinner and spits food onto his mom’s face he needs to be reminded of his manners! A.J. Learns Some Manners teaches children simple rules to follow at the dinner table.

Children love to read about A.J. and all of the things that he deals with as a little apple who is growing up. More books are coming soon including A.J. Gets Glasses and A.J. Gets a Pet.

You can always follow Julee Sims on Facebook at A.J. the Apple Books or on Twitter @ajtheapplebooks for updates about new releases and book signings.

Or check out this website for more on her books:

Spotlight on Children’s Author Kristen Mott

     Today’s spotlight is shining on children’s author, Kristen Mott. She will be signing books at The 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show on Saturday, November 8th, from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

     Here is Kristen’s story in her own words.

     I’m Kristen Mott, children’s book author, wife, mother, animal caretaker and animal welfare advocate. I knew that I wanted to write children’s picture books ever since I was first able to read them myself. I was finally able to make it happen twenty years later. I believe that children’s books are the only genre that can be enjoyed for multiple lifetimes. You enjoy these books as a child, then inevitably come back to the same stories and read them to your own children years later.

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     I’m very proud of the work that I have done with the first two books in the Odie the Stray Kitten Series.

     Odie the Stray Kitten is a true story about how one brave stray kitten found his way to my farm and into my heart. It received the 2014 Children’s Literary Classics’ Seal of Approval, it won a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award as well as a 2014 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention.

     Odie’s Best Friend was originally written as a response piece to an article I read about the devastating statistics of animal life and death in local shelters. That response was spun down and edited into a story suitable for children. I then combined it with a story I created about how Odie’s best friend Bandit came to live on my farm.  This book has received multiple five star reviews. The third and final book in the series should be available in 2015.Odie_and_Bandit

     I currently live on a small farm in Indiana with my husband and son where I care for Odie and Bandit, the cats who inspired my books, as well as horses and a growing feline family. I strive for my writing to encourage children to read, to write their own stories, and to have compassion for animals.

Learn even more about Kristen Mott and her work through her websites: Kristen