Annette Bentley Smith

Annette Bentley Smith

Annette Bentley Smith is a Georgia born children’s book author of fictitious, realistic books for children ages 0-12. She’s the wife of a jack of all trades, the mother of two young adults, and the grandmother of a beautiful and bright six year old little girl. Her granddoll Melody Rayne is now her latest and greatest inspiration for her stories. In the mix of learning about how to be a writer and getting published, she experimented with various occupations: Cashier, Massage Therapist, File Clerk, Computer Operator, and working from home as a Virtual Sale Agent… But her favorite thing to do now is the one she’s doing-writing for children. She does her best writing in her home when there is total silence. However, when she is out and about and her surroundings gives her an idea for a story, no matter what paper is around, she quickly jots it down. She completed her latest book Nyrah’s Bully (Publisher- AnneCorp Literary Works) which is one of seven, while sitting in a doctor’s office for two hours. Yes, she still writes her stories on paper, before typing them up. She feels closer to her stories that way. Annette loves writing her stories in a way that will educate, entertain and give children a temporary escape into a think outside of the box adventure. Her mission is for her stories to be your children’s favorite books to pick up and read. Annette’s books are aligned around a city to city strategy called “Get Hooked on Mrs. Annie’s Books” which center on an exceptional reader experience. She is committed to continuously enhancing your child/children’s experience. She wants her stories to inspire your children to become creative and allow their imaginations to run as far it will take them.

She took a writing course with The Institute of Children’s Literature, but she feels her best qualifications comes from her readership as a child in elementary school, and raising two boys. Watching their growths and incidents, gave her many ideas for stories. Also, she began caring for other children at the age of fourteen and still cares for other children now. Her books have received starred reviews on Amazon and social media sites. Authors such as J. Hale Turner and Maxine Billings, regards her as “an amazing writer.”

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: May 19th, 2017
I was inspired to write when I was in elementary school. My teacher would always select me to be the reader in my class. I loved the creativity of the stories then, and I love being the one to write and create stories now. Second, my two boys were my inspiration. It was when they were born and growing up that I decided to go ahead and put pen to paper. It was a learning as I go process. Now my granddoll is my latest and greatest inspiration.
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