Comments from the author about writing: My goal is to write books about historical figures, events and locales - in story book fashion to enhance the interest and learning process of the public. What I enjoy the most is the finished product and the complimentary remarks from the people who read it. I started writing by publishing newspapers about history, events and special stories about people. My first publication was a 10-page monthly paper "East Gate Gazette" from 1971 to 1975. I sold ads to support it, published 1000 copies and delivered them free to all the elementary classrooms, along with several copies to Jr. High Schools and the High School in the Ottumwa School District plus all the downtown businesses. From 1975 I ran a business and raised my family. From 1991 to 2001, I published "The Rippling Waters Review" a 12-page monthly paper. The feature articles were always about historical events or persons. 1500 copies were printed each month and supported by selling ads again. Copies were distributed to the schools, businesses, senior housing, and the community college. 100 were left at each of three pickup points. I not only improved my writing skills, people skills, but kept the history of our town alive in the process. I am known locally as the history lady. I have recently published a 225-page book titled Henry and Gladys which combines some fictional character with historical characters and surrounds the historical events of building the 1890 World Famous Ottumwa Coal Palace, the Wapello County Fair of 1890, and the Illinois-Iowa League baseball championship feud between Ottumwa and Monmouth, Illinois in 1890. It also includes a chapter about the Dickerson family, their life in Harris, Missouri and their coming to Iowa. I am presently writing a biography about Peter G. Ballingall, a philanthropist who was instrumental in the settlement of civilization west of the Mississippi.
Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction
Audience Types: All ages
Genre: Biography, History, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Yes
P.O. Box 1305
Ottumwa, IA 2501
E-mail Address: Milly.MorrisAmos@gmail.com
Books By This Author
- Henry and Gladys, RWR Publications,P.O. Box 1305, Ottumwa, IA, 2008.