Sometimes the smallest things have the greatest meaning. Jan
Greenwood's children books "Lucy Lovebug's Hugs" may be one of
those. Greenwood is a new member of the Killington Arts Guild and
an author. Last month she gave a book review at Ars Poetica. She
began by passing a white bucket fill of Hershey's candy hugs and
her calling cards, and read, "Lucy," a small, illustrated book in
rhyme for children 3-8 years old. It is intended to be read at
bedtime before the child receives a hug.
"Lucy," Greenwood says "Is like most of my writing, inspired. I
just begin and it flows as does the love."
After the review, I drove her back to her car and as we parted
she said, "Need a hug?" I declined, but appreciated her
Greenwood lives tucked away in her log cabin in the woods on the
outskirts of Danby with four cats. She graduated from Kansas State
University with a major in family and child development, she moved
to Philadelphia, but longed for the country, so moved to New
Hampshire and then to Rutland, Vt.
Her interest in writing started with Christmas cards for friends
and family. People told her they read them over and
"Then I began reading my children's stories at the office to my
co-worker who encouraged me to publish them. When Lucy Ladybug's
Hugs formed in my mind I knew I should publish," Greenwood
"Lucy" was accepted right away by Tate Publishing who only
accepts four percent of all the thousands of stories sent to them,
she noted. "I now have another book about two little mice that get
in to the makeup and the publisher is interested," she added.
"Lucy" is also available as an e-live book with an auto book
digital download which helps children with their literacy. You will
find it on the table with Ann Day's poetry and KAG's book "A
Gathering of Poets" in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever gifts or on
All the proceeds from the book go to Hand of Hope Ministries, a
charity to help children and the child in adults who are