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interviews author Gina McKnight
Author Gina McKnight is interviewed by Bexley Public Radio correspondent Dianne Garrett. McKnight’s children book The Blackberry Patch was recently published by Tate Publishing of Mustang, Oklahoma.
The Blackberry Patch is the story of an adventure in a patch of blackberries! Illustrations throughout will capture the attention of adults and children and carry the story to its sweet and tasty conclusion.
Drawing on her own childhood experience, McKnight tells a story of the pleasures given in God’s world.The enjoyment of five senses is part of the tale along with the natural hazards of brambles and other dangers.
The metaphors are subtle but provide substance for adult reflections about this tale.McKnight spent her childhood in the Ohio foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Her knowledge of the details of a blackberry patch will give readers, children and adults alike, a well-told story.
The story also hands down to a younger generation useful knowledge and the yore of rural life. If Gina continues this tale as the first of a series (Strawberry patch, Raspberry patch, Mushrooms and so on) she can become the Foxfire series for children.
Join author Gina McKnight and learn how all five senses are engaged in the blackberry patch. On this hazardous quest through brambles and swarming varmints, find the blackberry patch and a delicious, natural treat.
The book is available from the publisher and Amazon.com. It can also be ordered through Barnes & Noble and Borders. It is 24 pages– $8.99 (paperback).
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The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Network is a family. As the family grows, FAO is able to strengthen its programming and impact quality of life in Appalachian Ohio. With the help of ICAN! supporters, FAO is celebrating the region’s culture, history, and future.
The Foundation will regularly spotlight a member of our ICAN! family and have our first interview with member Gina McKnight, author of the newly published children’s book, The Blackberry Patch.
§ Where are you from?
I was raised on a Hereford cattle farm in Ohio. My family still lives on the farm. We enjoy our rural heritage and our small community of good friends and neighbors.
§ What was your inspiration for your book, the Blackberry Patch?
Inspiration for The Blackberry Patch comes from my own life experience. As a child, I had assigned daily chores, which included foraging for seasonal fruits and nuts. Picking berries with my siblings, grandfather and parents, brings back fond memories of grand adventure. We always knew where the best berries grew near Snow Fork, along the railroad tracks. Today we still gather fruits and nuts from the wooded areas where we live.
§ How are you using your book to inspire the children of Appalachia?
The children of Appalachia are talented and dynamic. I am honored to be in the position to encourage and inspire. As children of Appalachia, we have so much to offer the world. We are unique and see the world from a different perspective.
To inspire the children of Appalachia, I place emphasis on the importance of teachers. Teachers give us the skills and mechanics we need to become productive members of society and to fulfill our dreams. The teachers I remember most – elementary school through college – are the teachers that emitted positive, productive thoughts of enthusiasm and encouragement.
When I visit a school or group of children and time is available, we review the writing process. I share my method of acquiring and storing words and ideas. By sharing my writing techniques, I show students that a story has many ways of coming to life. At a recent visit to an elementary school, we brainstormed for ideas.
By the end of the presentation, several children had exciting adventures on paper. They inspired me!
§ Do you have any advice for students?
My advice to students is to remember the influential tools and skills they receive from their teachers. Learn the importance of the dictionary, thesaurus, the library and other writing implements. Ideas come from many sources – siblings, relatives, life events, etc. Keep a journal of story ideas and words; it is the quality of words in a story that count, not the quantity. When writing and choosing a genre, be creative and use a little serendipity and a tad of whimsy. Persevere. Dreams do come true.