Wanting to be a writer since the third grade, she started many short stories, poems, and novels in the teen genre, keeping them safe until she had time to edit them.
In her thirties, with a family, horses, and family pets, she found so much to write about that she decided to get started by taking a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her first short story was bought by a magazine in Colorado for $10!
A published graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature provided her with the editing tools needed for creating, editing, publishing, and assembling a twelve-page facility newspaper for twenty-five years in the facility where she worked.
Preparing to retire in 2008, worrying about having too much time on her hands and sufficient income, she began taking her writing seriously. Too shy to publish in her own name, Deanna Sparrow was born, maturing slowly, making mistakes, but diving into the publishing market, making up for lost time. She wrote two books and chose to self-publish only one. Not wanting to spend the money to publish the second book, she shared her ideas with several publishing companies and editors. Her idea for that book became a Disney movie—without her.
At first angry then encouraged, she realized self-publishing was the safest way to go, and she became even more determined to be a successful writer. Once retired, relaxed, and getting a good night’s sleep, she would dream incredible ideas for books! She began waking up in the middle of the night to write them down. Most of her books originated from her dreams.
Deanna Sparrow hopes someday to be noticed again by Disney or even Steven Spielberg!