A family of authors who spent much of their lives in Northwestern Ohio is returning in July to celebrate successes in publishing new books. The family—mother Sharon Swope and her two daughters, Genilee Swope Parente and Allyn Stotz―will host signings and readings in the Edgerton area during that town’s Festival of Flags July 25 and 26.
Stotz is a successful children’s book author who recently released Kailee Finds Magic IN Reading, the second in a series published by FutureWord. The first was The Pea in Peanut Butter, published in 2012. Genilee Parente and Sharon Swope have jointly written the Sam Osborne “Fate” detective/romance series. Spectacle Media Publishing Group published the first of the series, Twist of Fate, in December 2012 and the second book, Wretched Fate in December 2013. Three other books in that series are in the works.
Stotz currently lives with her husband Brad Stotz, also from Edgerton, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The mother/daughter writing team of Sharon and Genilee live close to one another in the Washington, D.C. area.
The patriarch of the family, Robert Swope, was an editor and part owner of papers in Edgerton, Edon, Montpelier and Hamilton, Indiana beginning in the 1960s. Robert and Sharon lived in Montpelier and Edgerton. Sharon was also a substitute teacher in the Edgerton school system and a columnist in the Edgerton Earth. The couple retired in 1989.
Allyn and Genilee graduated from Edgerton High School. Allyn held various administrative jobs in a number of states and is now a full-time author with contracts for a number of children’s books. She is also an employee of FutureWord. Genilee has been a freelance editor and writer for almost 30 years.
Despite the success all three have had, none of them published fiction early in their careers.
“My daughter Allyn, who didn’t particularly like to read as a child, became a fan of fiction as she got older. Her book Kailee Finds Magic, is about learning to love reading. Allyn inspired Genilee and I after she began schooling herself on how to write children’s books. She’d always had a vivid imagination, and she found a way to put her stories on paper starting about five years ago,” Sharon Swope says.
Spurred by Allyn’s success in getting published, “I decided I’d better get started on my own stories,” Sharon explains. Sharon was 82 when she started writing and is now 86, suffering from macular generation that makes her legally blind, but still writing with the help of technology.
Genilee has always written fiction as a hobby and had nonfiction published in a number of magazines and newsletters, but never been published as an author before joining up with her mom four years ago to collaborate on plots and polish the words. Because of their ages, Genilee and Sharon also speak to seniors’ communities, church groups and book clubs in their area of the nation.
“We have a mission now in getting out the word,” Sharon explains. “We want to encourage other people to pursue their passions in life no matter how late they start,” she adds.
Allyn, Genilee and Sharon hope to meet up with friends from Northwestern Ohio during several scheduled events including:
Edgerton Public Library, July 25 11:00-1:30
Festival of Flags, Miller’s Park, July 25 5-7:30 pm
Susan’s Hair Flair, downtown Edgerton July 26 12-3:00 pm (following the parade)
For information on the authors and their books, visit www.allynstotz.blogspot.com and www.swopeparente.com.