Teacher turns author

Former local teacher and now author Beth Rowe, left, with teaching colleagues Liz Gardner, centre, and Donna Keay promoted her two books during a book-signing at the High Prairie Municipal Library April 16.
Former local teacher and now author Beth Rowe, left, with teaching colleagues Liz Gardner, centre, and Donna Keay promoted her two books during a book-signing at the High Prairie Municipal Library April 16.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A former High Prairie teacher, who became an author after she retired, visited the local library to promote her first two books.

Beth Rowe signed her books Bird of Barjag and Mischief Mischief at the High Prairie Municipal Library April 16.

“They are for young adults, from age 10 and up,” says Rowe, who taught in High Prairie from 1973-89.

Rowe was a special education teacher at the former Prairie River School, when it was from Grades 4-9, before transferring to High Prairie Elementary School.

During those years, she lived with her husband Stanley who was employed with the Town of High Prairie and daughters Anna-May and Roberta.

Mischief Mischief was published in 2015 and Bird of Barjag was published in 2013.

Each book is a novella, shorter than a novel.

Rowe was inspired to write while she was enrolled in an English course at the University of Alberta around 1990.

“One of the assignments was to write the start of a fairy tale,” says Rowe, who resides in Sherwood Park.
“When he handed back the assignments, he asked two of us if we ever considered writing children’s books.”

After sitting on the backburner for 10 years, she then developed the assignment into the book that became Bird of Barjag.

From what Jamie understood, he couldn’t just get rid of the bird by giving it back, describes the publisher Dream Write Publishers.

Narya was asking him to help by returning to the bird to its rightful place in the temple, but he did he have a choice?

Join Jamie on the quest of a lifetime.

Mischief Mischief was published by Amazon. In the story, the author chose to portray Loki as the mischievous character; hence, the title.

However, it leaves the reader to decide for themselves, since there are parts of the story where Loki could be seen as wicked.

The author also leaves the reader, to choose to whether Loki even exists in the story or. . . is he only a diversion?

Both books are on loan at the library, and for sale from the publishers.

Rowe is now working on a third book, titled Sneakered Death, an adult murder mystery, which will be a novel.

Rowe has further built her skills as a director on the board for the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and currently produces the group’s monthly newsletter.

“I am lucky that I have been part of the writers’ group that has also encouraged me,” Rowe says.

She trusts other people will also follow their dreams.

“No matter what age you are and you consider another stage or career in life, find a similar group or just friends to support and encourage you,” Rowe says.

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