Anastacia (Stacey) Hawkins grew up as a California girl in the suburbs of L.A. County. Her father was a dancer, her mother a beautiful artist, but Anastacia could neither dance nor draw. Instead, she found her passion in writing. In college, she majored in English and Communications. She had always dreamed of being a writer, but ended up in banking in order to pay the bills. Many years later, now a wife and mother, Stacey came across an ad for the Institute of Children's Literature. The ad said, "We're looking for people to write children's books!" She was intrigued. She signed up for their course "Writing for Children and Teenagers". In April, 2008, Anastacia sold her first story to Shine Brightly Magazine. She was hooked! Today, she is a participating author for a Christian reading program created by Kirkwood Education Center in California, as well as the One Story a Day series published by DC Canada Education Publishing. She was chosen to write the stories for an Italian/English parallel text book, Storie Italiane, and her middle grade novels, Larkspur & Return to Larkspur, are getting rave reviews!
Anastacia now resides in Mukilteo, Washington with her husband, Shayne, and their daughter, Sierra. "Being a children's author is the most gratifying job I have ever had! As a parent, I feel that I have so much more to share than I had when I first graduated from college all those years ago. I encourage all who have a passion for writing to pursue it; don't give up on your dream!"
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