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Artist takes up writing books at 78


Last updated 8/31/2018 at 2:14pm

Renee Barnes has fun sharing her books with children.

FALLBROOK – The saying, "better late than never," is very apropos for Renee Barnes. Deciding she had heard enough requests for stories to accompany her art, she started to write her stories at the tender age of 78. She laughingly refers to her writing as self-defense. In the last two years, she has written, illustrated and published five books in her series of 10, "Tales from the Evergreen Wood."

This series is about a little green frog with a bright yellow hat who, along with her close companions, Winslow the owl, Kopan an energetic wood fairy and Montebello a giant mushroom seeks to help all who reside within this magical forest. Facing a multitude of difficult situations, these four heroes find answers, demonstrate friendships and joyful fun for all the readers. Fully illustrated, Barnes's books gradually increase in dramatic scenarios and adventures bringing the age appropriateness into consideration. Starting with Book I, "Kanatipillar's New Shoes," is primarily for the younger reader. Suggested between 3 to 6. The story focuses on friendships, kindness and how working together makes things happen for the best.

Barnes has been a resident of Fallbrook for almost 20 years and believes that the lovely surroundings in Fallbrook has given her the inspiration to envision her make-believe forest and create her lively woodland characters.

She has been active in the Bonsall Woman's Club, Woman of Wellness and both Bonsall and Fallbrook Chambers. Barnes has presented programs at several libraries. She has also been guest speaker for the Woman's Connection, MOPS and PEO groups.

Barnes's books and additional products such as wall art and stationary can be purchased at Mimi's Boutique right here in Fallbrook. Books may also be obtained online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Friesen Press.

Mimi's will be holding a special event Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Barnes will be available for book signing and to answer any questions about her books, art or future writings.

For more information call Barnes at (760) 685-1102 or Mimi's Boutique at (7600 451-6445.

Submitted by Renee Barnes.


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