Hi, my name is Jeanne Styczinski. I am sooooo excited you came to my website to find out about my new book (s) and me.
Well, I will make this short and sweet. I was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Our family moved out west so my Dad could find work as a heavy equipment operator. My Mom was able to stay at home. She had a very busy job taking care of my four sisters and I. We lived in many states to the west of Wisconsin, but California was where we landed the longest. Our family might be there still, but my grandfather retired from farming and my Dad decided to return to Wisconsin and take over the family farm. Wisconsin was and still is a little slower paced than California. In Wisconsin I learned how to sew, knit, do arts and crafts, cook, babysit, bale hay, milk cows, go antiquing and gardening, which are now many of the things I value and enjoy the most. I graduated from High School in a small town of Lake Holcombe and then attend college at the University of Wisconsin Stout. I had numerous majors, many of them in the area of fine arts. I was interested in so many things! Graphic design was one of my true loves, but not confident in my design ability choose another passion, children and graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree. Around that time I meet my husband Gerry, my life partner for over 30 years. (Ok, so I am giving my age away a little bit.) We have 4 beautiful children that keep us smiling everyday.
HERE & NOW
I currently live in Colfax, Wisconsin with my husband, our dog, 4 horses, and two barn cats. I teach kindergarten and loving it. Our 4 beautiful children are grown and I am now in the empty nest chapter of my life. With a little more time on my hands, I have looked at my life and the things that I have accomplished. Of course, have more things to do, which brings me to my books. I have always written books, but when our children graduated from high school and went on to further their education I wanted a way to help them with the growing price of tuition, so I came up with the idea that I would finish many of the books that I had written and publish them. It sounds crazy, but I just started and here I am! Learning how to publish a children’s book has been a wonderful experience for me as I continue to learn about it everyday. I hope you enjoy reading my books that I have written and illustrated as much as I have enjoyed making them. Stop back and check out my website as more things will be added. Thanks again for your support.
ABOUT MY FIRST BOOK, MAMA, HOW DOES THE WIND START TO BLOW?
I have spent many years teaching young children to write. During the writing process I teach them that you can only write about what you know, how you feel or what you have experienced in life. I feel this is so true, even for adults. All of my stories come from my life experiences of things I have done and hold dear in my heart. In my first story, Mama, How Does The Wind Start To Blow? The reader learns about how deep a mother’s love can be for her children.
When I first started writing this book, our youngest child had just left for college. To be honest, it marked for me such a passage of time and a longing for my children’s younger days. Writing this story helped me remember all the things that were near and dear to them when they were small. They loved to play outside all summer long. I would be working in my gardens and they would go out and explore our woods. My children loved to chase butterflies and frogs. At night under the stars, they would watch the fireflies dance against the dark sky. Many nights we would hear the call of the great horned owl.
The four horses in the story are real. We actually have four horses. Their names are Stormy, Ellie May, Niki and Molly. Molly is the horse in the story that is eating. She has always loved to eat and still does. The last piece of information I would like to share about the book is the mother’s face at the end. The mother blowing a kiss at the end of the story is a picture of my daughter Elizabeth. I struggled with how to illustrate the last page, when I took a picture of her blowing a kiss one weekend when she was home to inspire me. After seeing the picture, it was easy to decide, it would make a perfect ending to my book. I purposefully made the picture of the mother’s face non-ethnic so it would represent all nationalities. A mother’s love is universal, just like how deeply my mother’s love is for me and your mother’s love is for you!
Now, go make some wind!
I would like to thank my husband Gerry and our children Anthony,Andrea, Kayla and Elizabeth who without their support this would not have been possible. Thank you for supporting me through the whole adventure and continuing to give me the confidence to, “Go for it!”
I would like to thank my Mama for all the wind she has sent my way and giving me the gift to follow my dreams.
I would also like to thank Lindsay Lindner. Lindsay you are a talented graphic arts designer. I want to thank you for taking on my project(s). You stuck with me though my learning curves and continue to help me achieve my goals. Thank You!!!