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Book will see new life on stage

Terri Rowe

Terri Rowe said she returned to college to pursue a degree that combined her past college experiences with her love of writing.

Rowe immersed herself in the liberal studies program at Grand Valley’s Holland Campus. Through her classes, she was able to complete a degree that captures the study of human narrative.

She then wrote a children’s digital storybook, “Green Goo,” for a publishing competition, the MeeGenius Author Challenge, and placed fourth. She presented the book at multiple school and museum readings, and tranformed it into a children's play that will run July 9-12, 10 a.m., at Deanna's Playhouse in Holland. The production is staged by True Jem Productions; tickets are $5 per person.

“Green Goo” is a digital storybook about a boy who is faced with trying something new when he finds a pile of green goo on his plate.

“I discovered the contest in the fall of 2011. I was able to put together a story on short notice and enter the national contest. My book came in fourth out of more than 400 entries,” Rowe said, adding that the award earned her a publishing contract last March.

Rowe, who graduated in 2009, performed readings of her book at schools in Grand Haven and Holland, and at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Deanna’s Play House in Holland. After reading “Green Goo,” she discusses writing and achieving dreams with the students.

Rowe has signed contracts to write two more stories with MeeGenius. She hopes to have two more children’s books digitally published by the end of 2013. She is also working on a middle grade mystery book and hopes to have it in the editing stage by fall 2013.

Read more about Green Goo here.

by DeLain Bomer III

This story was filed with the tags: Books, Holland, Liberal Studies