Hagerstown Community College assistant English professor Amanda Miller recently published her first children’s early reader chapter book, “SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right.”
Miller, an avid poet and fiction writer, said that she was inspired to write the book after reading Barbara Park’s “Junie B. Jones” chapter books to her sons.
“I felt like ‘Junie B’s’ voice was perfect for a girl in kindergarten, but I was disappointed not to find comparable books with a male narrator of that age. Since my sons are ages 6 and 7, I have a pretty good ear for that voice. More than anything, young boys want to be loved and appreciated as the spectacular little beings they truly are, but sometimes that comes out in the funniest egocentric ways.”
Miller enlisted her brother, Grant Miller, to illustrate the book, and they decided to self-publish on Amazon.com to keep the publishing process simple and make the book available in print and e-book format for readers who would enjoy hearing about Dylan and his adventures.
“Although self-publishing is easier than traditional publishing, the first step in achieving success is exactly the same: create something good. We’ve done that. I’m proud of our product, and I’m proud of the process we (undertook) to create it,” Miller said.
Miller, who has taught English at HCC since 2008, will be releasing her next installment of the SuperDylan series, “SuperDylan and the Night Horse” in the fall.
For more information, go to www.amandahartmiller.com.
Ballroom dance planned Thursday
Clare Domer’s ballroom dance will be held Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.
Admission costs $5.
Red Run Park in Waynesboro, Pa., will feature Friends Creek Pickers, a bluegrass band in concert Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event is free.
Pen Mar Park
Back to Back will perform Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pen Mar Park as the summer music series continues.
Class of 1958 plans reunion
The Smithsburg High School Class of 1958 will hold its 55th class reunion Saturday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse at 17567 York Road, Halfway.
To RSVP, call Peggy Reid at 301-791-2107 or Charlie West at 301-988-1048.
Smithsburg senior site calendar:
• Wednesday — Bingo, 10 a.m.; Nutrition Education: “Sweet Potato Nutrition — Six Amazing Facts.” 11 a.m.
• Friday — Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
• Monday — Word Search, 10 a.m.