Adrianna Pantano

Why do you write?: I write to express my creativity. I write so I can have a way to let my imagination run wild. When I write for fun, ideas start flowing and I never want to stop because I feel like I should add more and more.

Describe where you write.: Sometimes I write in my bed, otherwise just any other relaxing environment.

Who or what is your muse?: My sister, Nicole

Three wishes . . .: 1. To have a successful career where I am happy doing whatever I am doing. 2. Enough money to build a nice home theater when I am older because I am a movie addict. 3. Have a huge family where everyone is always together and visiting. (Lots of children and grandchildren)

Favorite childhood book, and why?: All the Junie B. Jones books. She was young like I was, and I enjoyed reading about all her different experiences

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: Late at night. Right before I go to bed, I sit and reflect a little about the day, so sometimes new ideas pop into my head.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: The Great Gatsby!!!! I am a sucker for older books and love stories. Reading about all the things Gatsby did to be with Daisy was incredible and I loved it!!

E-book or print? Why?: Print. I feel more connected to the book if I can physically hold it in my hands. It just feels more natural since that is the traditional way. Also, E-books give me a headache because I am focusing so hard on the screen.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: Happiness. When I write for fun, it is usually something random but positive.

Rhonda Tibbs and Her Cloud

Yesterday evening local author Rhonda Tibbs spoke at McKendree University about her novel Song of the Snowman, which I am currently teaching to my English 111 students, and writing in general.  Tibbs began her talk with an anecdote from her childhood.


As a young girl, Tibbs was fascinated with the clouds in the sky and asked her father for one of her own.  He not only gifted her with a cloud, but, more importantly, sparked her imagination.  Giving her a mason jar, he told his daughter inside was her cloud.  Tibbs explained she would see not only her cloud through the glass, but also rain falling from the clouds onto green pastures or dusty fields in need of quenching, other days a village full of people beneath this cloud.  The possibilities inside this jar were limitless.  Thus, the creative mind of a writer was conceived resulting in an author now at work on her sixth novel.  As a devoted fan of her work, many thanks to her father for realizing the importance of an imagination.

I don’t know about you, but I plan on finding a cloud of my own inside a handpicked mason jar and keeping it on top of my desk next to my laptop in the hope of discovering my own cloud with all its possibilities.

You can follow Rhonda Tibbs on Twitter at @ritbbs.