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Marcia Thornton Jones
Best-Selling Children's Author

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I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my husband Stephen and our cats Coco and Calli.  I was born in Joliet, Illinois.  

I have been an elementary school teacher of First and Third grades, Computer Lab, Writing and Reading, and Gifted & Talented.  Whew!  I've done a lot of teaching!  Now I spend all my time writing new Children's Books.

I like to write a lot, but I also enjoy fun activities like beading crafts, hiking, reading good books, and traveling around the country.  I live in Kentucky but I frequently visit schools in other states, sometimes even in different countries!  I have also been to Germany and Belgium.  

It's fun seeing my books being enjoyed by lots of different people.  Maybe some day I'll get to meet YOU!
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Below are picture of my cats, Coco and Calli!

Coco
COCO-MO VELVET ("COCO")
"My turn!"
Calli
CALLIOPE FELICE ("CALLI")
"Magazine? What magazine?"

The True Story

How Marcia started writing children's books.

I used to be a teacher at the same elementary school as Debbie Dadey in Lexington, Ky.
On one fateful day... it happened.

Horns shooting from our heads...  Fangs as long as swords...  No kid would dare misbehave if only we had horns and fangs!  At least that’s what we thought...

It started as a bad day.  The kind of day when no one listens to you.  I  was the third grade teacher and Debbie was the librarian and it was a day when the kids did not want to behave at all!  (Hard to believe, huh?  :)   We figured if we sprouted horns two feet long, fangs the size of swords, and blew smoke out our ears the kids would finally behave and pay attention to us.  (Are you paying attention?  We hope so.  It is very hard  to sprout horns and fangs!)

Well, that’s how we came up with the idea for Mrs. Jeepers in our first book Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots.  She is make-believe, but we have to warn you to watch out for teachers wearing polka-dots... you never know!!  And let's hope they're not having a bad day!  Sometimes Eddie (the mischievous 3rd-grader in our books) forgets about that.  And then there’s trouble... with a capital T!

Having been kids and teachers myself, I understand both Eddie and Mrs. Jeepers.  Not that I ever caused trouble (well, maybe just a little!)  And I was ’re definitely NOT a  vampire!  (At least I'm ’re pretty sure about that.  I'm ’re not so sure about John Steven Gurney, though!  The pictures he draws of the "creatures" for our books are very good.  Do you ever wonder how he can make them to look so real???)

Debbie and I used to sit down and write our stories together.  Many of them were written during lunch in our school cafeteria.  (Did you notice the mustard stains on Werewolves Don’t Go To Summer Camp?).  But now we live clear across the country from each other!   We write and communicate with each other and our publishers on the Internet using our computers, e-mail, and our web sites.  Cool!

I used to teach elementary school but now I write full time.

The neatest thing is that I can make anything happen in my  stories and it can be a lot of fun!  I  laugh a lot when I'm planning (brainstorming and outlining) my stories.  Every once in a while I still have a bad day, but now I know exactly how to handle them.  (Huff... and puff... and start writing my next new book!!!)

F.A.Q.
Answers to Questions Fans Ask

Where do you get your ideas? My ideas can come from anywhere.  Once, I went to a dog show and saw athletic dogs running an "agility course."  That gave me the idea for my new book Champ I even get ideas when reading the newspaper!  Like an article I read about a man who looks for Bigfoot.   That's where the idea for Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dance came from.  Also, some children in Marcia's school class were making up titles one day.  They decided on one called Aliens Don't Wear Braces, and it became a book! 
How do you write stories together with Debbie? Marcia and Debbie write some of their stories together.  Each person writes a few pages and then they compare and change them with each other's help.  (Working together is called COLLABORATING.)  Marcia and Debbie play "hot potato" when they write a story together.  First, they develop a story IDEA and write an OUTLINE of the story.  They each write a few pages of the story, then send their pages over the internet through e-mail to each other.  They pass their story (the "hot potato") back and forth to each other until they have finished it.  Then they send it as an email attachment to their EDITOR in New York City.  The editor is a person who may tell them to change (or EDIT) and REWRITE some parts of their story.  Marcia and Debbie may have to REWRITE different parts of their story several times before it's finished, like your teacher may have you rewrite your own stories to make them even better!  After their EDITOR says their story is finally correct and the best it can be it then goes to the PRINTER where it is printed on paper and BOUND into a real book with a cover with a picture on it, a Table of Contents and inside illustrations!  Hundreds-of-thousands of copies of their new book are printed and then SHIPPED to bookstores (like Barnes & Noble), Internet bookstores (like www.Amazon.com) and school Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs in the United States and around the world!  You probably have a Scholastic Book Club in your own school where your parents, teachers and librarians can buy books and you can read my newest stories!
Who draws the book cover and inside illustrations? John Steven Gurney did the wonderful illustrations for The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids and Bailey City Monsters book SERIES.  John Speirs did the illustrations for the Triplet Trouble SERIES and other artists have created the covers for several other books.
What are your favorite books? My favorites are Champ, Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors and Vampires Don't Wear Polka-Dots.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy nature and hiking in the woods and I like to bead necklaces and bracelets.  I especially like to READ.  I read a LOT of books!  I hope you do, too.
What are your favorite colors? I like sea-blue & green and the red & yellow colors of a magnificent sunset!
What other jobs have you  had? I used to be an elementary school teacher in first then third grade.  Later and I taught computer lab and Gifted & Talented students.  Before that I worked at a book store and clothing stores during high school and college.  Now I write children's book full-time!
Where do you live? I live in Lexington, Kentucky.
Are you married? My husband's name is Stephen.  He designed and manages this website for me.
Do you have any pets? I have two cats, Coco and Calli.  (I used to have a Betta fish named "Mobylius J. Dicklesworth" - Moby Dick for short.  Do you know who Moby Dick is?  He is a character in a very famous book, also called Moby Dick.  Can you find the book in your local library?)
Do you have children?          My two "babies" are my cats Coco and Calli!

 

Debbie Dadey


Marcia writes some of her books with Debbie Dadey.  Find out more about Debbie and her books at her website:
 
   www.DebbieDadey.com

John Steven Gurney

Hi. I'm John.
(photo by Jeff Baird)

John did the illustrations for some of The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids and Bailey City Monsters book series.

Find out more about John Steven Gurney and his artwork at his website:

  www.JohnStevenGurney.com

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