74th Arkansas Writer’s Conference

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I love going to the Arkansas Writer’s Conference. I meet other authors who share so much information about writing and marketing. Some of us set up tables of our books. Its fun to see the covers and artwork on everyone’s newest offerings. I been to a couple years in a row and its becoming liken unto a family reunion, seeing old friends and catching up. Ideas of what we are each doing to share our stories are fascinating and very helpful. I always learn something fresh and leave with new energy.

This year I was one of the presenters. I shared about my first story “Military Mommy” about my daughter who entered the United States Army. The update was she had been gone to Iraq for the past 10 months and we were awaiting her soon return to America. They were ready to board the plane to come home weeks before but a sudden scary illness had them in quarantine at the time of the conference. I am happy to say even though it was a nasty stomach bug, the soldiers returned safely this week. We had a fun family get together this past weekend and she got to see her children. As a mother, I am relieved and thankful beyond words that she is home. God bless America.

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A simple poetic story about military families.  “Military Mommy” about my daughter Melissa Dabney. The little book has photographs of the military base at bootcamp in Jacksonville, South Carolina and her first duty station in the Hawaiian island.

That story led to a biography of my father who was a Navyman during WWII. It was to be a short essay but turned into his whole life’s journey. A military love story  “Dance Me Home” took three years and became a 70,000 word book.  I shared a song I wrote for my dad called “Soldier”

Dance Me Home

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

My writing turned a corner after dad’s book and I started writing children’s books. I started working as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock. I love children. Raised five of my own. They are grown now and having children of their own.

I wrote a whimsical Christmas story about a mouse. “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” I spent a year learning how to illustrate. That was harder then it sounds.

 

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After that, I was asked to illustrate some animals parables for another author. Attorney Everett Martindale. Presently we have 12 storybooks. At the writer’s conference I shared about how my music students help me in the development of songs to go with the stories.  I featured “Wisdom, the Elephant Used by God”

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My sister-in-law Cindy Reyes translates the animal books into Spanish.  I discovered a talented musician in Rod Ragsdale and we found a recording studio and started producing audiobooks of these wonderful stories. Rod is the voice of many of the stories. We add background sounds and have a lot of fun. I recommend Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas. The engineer Darian Stribling is fabulous.

 

 

I think at the end of my writer’s conference I share a song I recorded when I was just 17. I had been awarded a recording contract with Paradise Records in Nashville, Tenn after winning the national talent award as “Miss Arkansas Teen” The song “Arkansas” really describes my young life being raised on a 40 acre farm in the Ozarks. Southern roots.

Now I live and work in Little Rock and its been an amazing journey. Thank you to all at the conference for so much encouragement. I’m also thankful for the support in buying my storybooks online at Amazon and local bookstores and festival.

Oh and I am happy to announce that Rod and I will be married at the end of summer 2018.

 

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Rod and I will be reading and singing at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday July 28th at 10am. Hope to see you there.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you Arkansas Writer’s Conference for letting me share my personal journey.

 

 

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Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer's Association speakers.

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer’s Association speakers.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Story of Dance Me Home  was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Story of Dance Me Home was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Support a local author in Jonesboro, Arkansas and get an autographed copy of Dance Me Home. Give as this year’s Christmas gift to your loved ones who like to read true inspirational love stories. Support the Alzheimer’s Association who will be there to answer questions about the issues concerning Alzheimer’s and help in the fight to find a cure. Saturday August 9th, 2014 from 4-6 with host Dustin Hood editor of Senior Moments Magazine and Barnes and Nobles bookstore.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

Available at Barnes and Nobles in Jonesboro, Arkansas Saturday August 9 at author event. Also available online at Amazon.com and Amazon kindle. Come get a copy signed by the author in a personal interview at Turtle Creek Mall Aug 9 at 4pm 2014.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014

Senior Moments Magazine June issue 2014

Dance Me Home  a military love story by author Carol Dabney

Dance Me Home
a military love story

Author and composer Carol Dabney will join Senior Moments Magazine editor Dustin Hood as Barnes and Nobles host the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association panel and author event Saturday August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm at the Jonesboro, Arkansas. Come and get an autographed copy of Dance Me Home by Carol Dabney in this special appearance at Turtle Creek Mall in Northeast Arkansas.

Military biography during the WWII era of the life of Robert Jones Junior and an inspirational love story. A Texas farm boy and his experiences fighting overseas. He returns to the love of his life, a beautiful young girl he met at a USO dance, thus the name Dance me Home. A family struggles with alcoholism, with an inspirational triumph discovery of faith. An unusual Alzheimer’s patient and the humorous way he handled what came his way. American history weaved into a wonderful love story of “True Grit.”

Dance Me Home and other books written by Carol Dabney also available online at Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle. caroldabney.com

Soldier  music composed by Carol Dabney a tribute to the American Soldier

Soldier
music composed by Carol Dabney
a tribute to the American Soldier

hear on KSSN DJ Taylor and his Homegrown country radio show out of Little Rock. Soldier music disc – a tribute to the American Soldier.

Barnes and Nobles Event August 2014. Dustin Hood -Editor of Senior Moments magazine and host of meet the author Carol Dabney and her book Dance Me Home at barnes and Nobles along with Alzheimer's informative panel

Barnes and Nobles Event August 2014. Dustin Hood -Editor of Senior Moments magazine and host of meet the author Carol Dabney and her book Dance Me Home at barnes and Nobles along with Alzheimer’s informative panel

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers

Barnes and Nobles Composer Carol Dabney presents her song SOLDIER which plays on KSSN radio Homegrown show in Little Rock

Barnes and Nobles Composer Carol Dabney presents her song SOLDIER which plays on KSSN radio Homegrown show in Little Rock

musician/businessman and friend Jerry Webb is one a several to support Carol at event in Aug 2014 Turtle Creek Mall Jonesboro Arkansas

musician/businessman and friend Jerry Webb is one a several to support Carol at event in Aug 2014 Turtle Creek Mall Jonesboro Arkansas

Grandson Noah Dabney Armstrong is the first to step up and receive an autographed copy of DANCE ME HOME

Grandson Noah Dabney Armstrong is the first to step up and receive an autographed copy of DANCE ME HOME

Senior Moments Magazine Barnes and Noble event August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

Senior Moments Magazine

Senior Moments Magazine

“Senior Moments Magazine Barnes and Noble event August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm” />

Dance Me Home biography in Senior Moments Magazine June 2014 issue
Barnes and Nobles event with Carol Dabney Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm Jonesboro, Arkansas

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Me-Home-Carol-Dabney-ebook/dp/B00L18MWDS/ref=la_B0056B1AFW_1_8_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403304827&sr=1-8

United States Navy book biography

United States Navy book biography

Photographs of Hawaii part 2

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

North Shore Surfing beach

North Shore Surfing beach

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbir Island Hawaii

Diamond Head from boat trip

Diamond Head from boat trip

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Driving around North Shore

Driving around North Shore

Driving on Oahu

Driving on Oahu

playing in the waves

playing in the waves

Diamond Head Sunrise

Diamond Head Sunrise

Just driving around the island of Oahu, you can see the diversity of beauty. No wonder it’s thought of as Paradise. The bluest blues you’ll ever see it’s awesome everywhere you look.

Photographs of Sunrise, Sunsets and the Ocean part 1

Rainbow Fall on Big Island

Rainbow Falls on Big Island

Sunset at ewa Beach

Sunset at ewa Beach

Feb in Hawaii

Feb in Hawaii

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Surfer at North Shore

Surfer at North Shore

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Beautiful Hawaii

Beautiful Hawaii

Something special about the ocean. Walk along the shoreline each day and find new shells and creatures. It’s always changing and yet always constant and I find it healing. Its open and refreshing. Here are some photographs that I just happen to get along the way while in the Hawaiian Islands that I hope you enjoy.