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Local Author Meet and Greet on March 16

Published on March 1, 2024 under RRnews
Local Author Meet and Greet on March 16

Celebrate local authors at the Round Rock Public Library’s Local Author Meet and Greet, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, on the first and second floors. Come and meet local authors Taylor Cruse, Jessica Harris, Wendra Lynne, Crysta McHenry, Sandra Smith, Martha Stoddard, Gilbert Torres and BACA Writing Group.

Children’s Authors will have the opportunity to read an excerpt from one of their books at the end of Family Storytime, which takes place from 11 to 11:30 a.m., in the Second Floor Program Space. 

Meet the Authors

Taylor Cruse

Taylor Cruse is a self-published author who’s been writing and illustrating stories from a very young age. In fact, she wrote the first draft of her novel, Wolfen’s Rage, as a high school freshman. High fantasy adventurers, modern day superheroes, and futuristic spacefarers have always filled her imagination, to the point it’s impossible not to put them down on paper – although various pets have certainly tried their best to interrupt over the years!

Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris (formerly Vogel) has over ten years of experience in energy efficiency with a background in mechanical engineering, project management, construction administration, and extensive experience with utility energy incentive programs. ​

Jessica relocated from New Jersey to the Austin area with her husband and is the proud mother of two children. When she’s not working or writing, Jessica enjoys working out, spending time with her family, and hiking.​​

Jessica has a passion for protecting the environment and is currently working on a children’s book series to educate and encourage action addressing the dangers of plastics in the ocean, deforestation, and pesticide pollution. Bernie’s Escape from Ong Island is her first children’s book.

Wendra Lynne

Wendra Lynne is a writer and illustrator. ​ She is inspired by nature and its positive affect on human emotions. In her rhyming picture book, ​The Wondrous Cloud Forest, she’s added coffee to her watercolors not only for its evocative warm tones, but to emphasize how coffee is grown by indigenous people to help protect endangered species and their habitats. 

She is a member of  The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Art Directors Guild for Screen & Television.

Crysta McHenry

Crysta McHenry is a true local – born and raised in Round Rock! She has loved writing for as long as she can remember, and Under the Sweet Gum Trees is her first novel. Currently earning a master’s degree in social work at UT Arlington, Crysta plans to work in the mental health field.

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith is an educator and has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. She recently retired and is still inspiring children through her engaging children’s books. ​

Her new release, Preston’s Recess Adventure Around the World, is written to inspire children to be imaginative, creative and enjoy interesting places to visit in the U.S.A. and throughout the world.​

Her neat books are infused with literary elements, inspiration, and poetic expressions which aid in student appreciation of literature.

Martha Stoddard

Martha Stoddard is a former teacher and certified Texas educator. She has created reading and science products for educational publishers and had four articles in education periodicals. NELLY: The Turtle That Went to School and Found a Home is her first published book.

Gilbert Torres

My wife and I came with our daughters to Round Rock in 1993. I feel a strong desire to fill the need in people’s hearts for an understanding of matters of the Spirit. My book is The Indwelling of Deity in the Believer. Let’s do coffee!

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