“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
MEET HOPE IRVIN MARSTON
Hope has been writing books since 1975. She caught her first break when, at age twelve, her poem for a Sunday school teacher was published! She is hopeful that book twenty-nine, Margaret of the Killing Times will be published for Summer 2007.
Most of Hope's published works have been non-fiction, ranging from photo essays and picture books to local history and biography. Her collection of published works for children includes a children's devotional and the My Little Book picture book series, which focuses on animal babies from birth to one year.
Ask Hope about her hobbies, and she'll tell you she loves to read. "Most of my ideas have come from what I read. My three works-in-progress are about people whose intriguing lives have been parading through my mind for decades just waiting for me to bring their stories to light for young readers."
At the same time she was launching her career as an author, Hope also had a 'day job,' first as a junior high school teacher (13 years) and later as media specialist (20 years). She's taught in Maryland, Maine and New York (state).
Hope currently lives in Black River, New York, with her husband Arthur and their two dogs: Tanner, a bouncy boxer; and Molly, a laid-back golden retriever.