Chelmsford, MA – A great book doesn’t just tell a story but carries strong social and cultural messages.
Jennifer Louise Haes is the author of Changes in Crystal Springs, the story of a family seeking change in a small Minnesota town fraught with racial discrimination. The story follows eight-year-old Bib Harper and his family, who move to Minnesota to begin a new life, but encounter the political turmoil of the civil rights movement.
“I was waking up one morning and this little boy’s voice came into my head, very clear, very vivid,” recalls Haes. “I was half asleep so I thought, ‘Who is this? Where did this thought come from?’ I got my coffee and sat down and it was like this little boy narrated the entire book. All I had to do was transcribe the voice in my head. It was almost supernatural, as if I was a conduit. I finished the first draft in three days.”
Although Haes wrote Changes in Crystal Springs in 1996, she would not publish the novel until May of 2014. After a career teaching Social Studies to grades 7-12, Ms. Haes retired to pursue her lifelong passion of writing.
In April 2015, Haes published her second novel The Tin Goddess. Where Changes in Crystal Springs was about the cultural divide between black people and white people, The Tin Goddess tells a love story set against the conflict between white people and Native Americans.
“I believe my books will be the ultimate accomplishment in my life no matter what I come up with later,” says Haes. “I put myself out there and that’s the hard part.”
For more information on Jennifer Louise Haes, visit http://jenniferlouisehaes.tateauthor.com/
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