My stories, articles, essays, and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies world-wide. I have also published six books.  I am most noted for my first book, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams and Other Stories, a Southwest Kansas saga, which was chosen during Kansas sesquicentennial year, as one of “150 Best Kansas Books.”




WRITING CREDITS


BOOKS:

Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams and Other Stories - A family saga.  (Chosen as one of 150 Kansas Best Books).

Cul de Sac – The life and times of retirees living on a Cul de Sac in Paradise Village.

Caribbean Sunrise – A Romantic/Suspense Novella

7½ 1BIG STEPS - Stories From the Yucatan Peninsula

Charlie—A novel

James and Jack…Young Adult Novel

 

ANTHOLOGIES:

Ultimate Christian Living:  OK In My Book

For the Love Of God:  OK In My Book

Well Versed:    Isla Aguada.  Going Home Again

Short Stories and Tall Tales

By Line

And others

Hundreds of articles, short stories, essays and poems published in innumerable  magazines, newspapers, journals, etc. worldwide.

MAGAZINES:

Grit*, Woman’s World, Cappers, Flying, American Fitness, Country Woman, Sunshine, KANSAS! Magazine*, The Legend, Looking Back, Spokane Woman, Kansas City Star Magazine, Arkansas Democrat Magazine, various Literary Magazines, numerous senior adult magazines such as Best Times, Senior Beacon, etc.  Too many farm, business and specialized magazines to list.

*Regular contributor to KANSAS! Magazine and Grit Magazine – simultaneously - for over ten years.

NEWSPAPERS: (Feature Articles, Columns, Essays, Poems)

The Kansas City Star, The Spokane Chronicle/Spokesman Review, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Arkansas Gazette, The Arkansas Democrat, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Kansas City View, The Squire, Johnson County Sun, Kansas City Business Journal, Jonesboro Sun, Dodge City Daily Globe, Marysville Advocate, numerous regional and local newspapers.  (Managing Editor and writer for Shawnee Mission Signal, a short-lived Johnson County newspaper.  Wrote flying columns simultaneously for two weekly newspapers.  Weekly business column for Dodge City Daily Globe.  Edited weekly page and wrote news and features for same newspaper.  Weekly “Dateline” column plus features for Jonesboro Sun covering numerous Arkansas towns.  Traveling reporter writing news and feature columns for three other weekly newspapers.  Stringer for various metropolitan newspapers and United Press).

 

FICTION AWARDS:

Fiction and poetry.  (First/Second: Kansas Author’s Club, Second: University of Arkansas,  Honorable Mention, KAC, CCMWG, Mind’s Eye, Writer’s Digest. Etc.

 

RADIO AND TELEVISION:

Writer of news, features, scripts, commercial advertising copy, public service announcements, etc  for a number of Television and Radio stations.

Other Radio and Television positions held include station manager, on-air personality, announcer, promotion manager, continuity director, traffic director, producer, sales manager and.

 

ADVERTISING, PROMOTION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Newsletters, brochures, news releases, public service announcements, advertising copy for radio, television, newspaper, magazine and direct mail, business letters, sales proposals, radio and TV scripts and commercials, slide show presentations, setting up business, organization and political conventions and conferences, press conferences, etc.  Represented clients at venues such as Sports, Boat and Travel Shows, etc.

"In Progress" is a memoir, entitled Headwinds (Working title).  (Excerpt on "Works In Progress" page).   Also underway is an autobiography which I add to as time allows.  This I plan to publish as a bildungsroman.

And that, my friends, is me “up to date.”  You’ll find more about the books, as well as other stuff, on my website www.bell-pearson.com and https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Edna+Bell-Pearson

 

MORE ABOUT ME

Criticized for having too little information about “me” on my website, particularly what excuse I have to represent myself as a writer, I decided to  add a bit of information about where I am, where I’m coming from and where I’m going—not necessarily in that order—for the benefit of those who might be interested.

First of all, good, bad or mediocre, my work speaks for itself.

I don’t profess to be a “great” writer.  But as a dedicated scriber/scribbler, and considering the quality/quantity of work I’ve put out over the years, I think I’m safe in signing myself off as a bonafide writer/author.

A question often asked is how or when or why I became a writer.  I didn’t “become” a writer. I was born a writer.  I don’t remember when I wasn’t writing.  I don’t know where my writing genes came from.  To my knowledge, no other member of my family, immediate or in the distant past, has shown the slightest interest in putting pen to paper.  I’ve been told that, from the time my chubby hands could negotiate a pencil, my favorite pastime was sitting with pencil and paper deeply engrossed in scribbling.  I wrote my first poem when I was five, a silly, poorly composed, rhymed thing which I still have, forever preserved, in my grandmother’s commonplace book.

For the most part, I lived with my grandparents until I was eleven.  Grandma was a great teacher; she instilled in me a love for the Bible (Grandma was very religious) and a love of reading.  She loved poetry and though she never wrote any herself, I think she hoped I’d turn out to be a poet.  When I was born, Grandma and Granddaddy bought me a “Birth” day present—The Books of Knowledge.  I still have the complete set—well worn—in the original case.  As a child, I spent hours daily, lying on the floor in the living room, one or more of the books open before me.  I virtually devoured the stories and poems, but I also spent a lot of time on astronomy, French and geography.

Grandma and The Books of Knowledge must have educated me well because I skipped both the second and the fourth grades.

However, I evidently used all my stored knowledge in my earlier years because once I became a fifth grader—although I still got lots of A’s—I was just an average student.