Author’s Latest Book Gives Bear’s Eye View of Family History

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New children's chapter book from Susan Eileen Walker gives a teddy bear's view of 88 years of the Quigglebush family's history.

Author Susan Eileen Walker of New Bern is surprised how comfortable she feels as an 88-year-old bear. This is evident in her latest book, I Am the Quigglebush Bear, just released from PublishAmerica.

“I tried to write the stories as an outsider looking into Alexander’s life, but that just did not work. So I became Alexander and wrote from his viewpoint,” Ms. Walker said. “Sometimes I would get scared because it was so easy to become and old stuffed bear and tell his stories."

In I Am the Quigglebush Bear, Alexander T. Bear visits Lori Hoopenthorp in the hospital. As she gets better, he tells her stories of clowns, monkeybirds, pirates, closet monsters and other adventures from his 88 years of living with the Quigglebush family.

“I originally wrote Alexander’s memories as a series of stories for the Website. The editor hated the original Alexander story, but loved the little bear with attitude. He decided we had to do something special with Alexander,” Ms. Walker said.

A children’s chapter book, I Am the Quigglebush Bear is appropriate for children ages 4-9, though Ms. Walker has heard from parents and grandparents that they cannot wait to read Alexander’s stories themselves.

Ms. Walker is also the author of two other novels, 101 Borden Street and Maura’s Trunk. “When people ask if children can read these books, I tell them that if the child is reading Harry Potter books, they can read these. My novels are a lot less violent and just as engaging.”

In addition to work on a sequel to I Am the Quigglebush Bear as well as her next young adult novel, Ms. Walker runs a one-woman medical transcription service as an independent contractor for Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She donates over 500 baby hats each year to hospital nurseries for infants. She also knits hats for children, the homeless and for the Christmas at Sea program of the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.

All of Ms. Walker’s books can be ordered online at http://www. right now and through bookstores online and off within the next month.


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