Inspiring Small Business: D. W. Harper


You did a wonderful job this past year as the FAPA President. To be honest, associations like this have been known to come across as “snooty.” This entire FAPA board has been helpful, informative and very welcoming when I attend the conferences. Your pictures show you having fun! I will continue my membership because of this.

I sincerely thank you, specifically, for all you’ve done for my author and publishing career.

I never anticipated my life taking the path of a writer/publisher which eventually turned into a small business for me. I will always be grateful to, Jane Wood and Frances Keiser, for all they’ve done and who eventually introduced me to you.

I’m a FAPA member and award winner per your suggestion to join. The inspiring recommendations and suggestions, (the networking) you’ve offered such as, school info for presenting my children’s books, award submissions, for eFormatting, and especially my wonderful editor, Jennifer Thomas, who did a great job editing, The Lost Twin have been spot on. You offer great advice through your own experiences, and I can’t thank you enough.”

—D. W.  Harper, Author of The Lost Twinn, Jace’s Adventures, and LOVE, GREED and LIE$


With Love Zora: Student Comments

Dear Mr. Mark Wayne Adams,

I really like your art in some of your books, like “The Fart Fairy” and “My Friendly Giant.” Do you use watercolor? If so, it looks super good with all the bright colors you use. I really love your horses though. Like in “Good Nightmare.” I loved that. I saw some of your mermaids too. How did you get such great detail? I just LOOOOVVVVEEEE it! I can never get that detail in my art…Could you give me some pointers? To show you some of my sketches I’m gong to add another piece of paper in here.

I heard that you’re a traveling illustrator. Where are some of the places you’ve traveled to? Have you been to Kentucky? That’s where I live. How about Maine? I was born there. Or Indiana, that’s where my sis was born.

Have you ever had people not believe in you? A lot of my friends act like that they always say I’m going got fail on tests or not make it to parties and that they’re my only chance at ever having friends Ugh. How did you get inspired to draw? Sometimes I just sit and think about what I want to draw. I have a hard time finding inspiration! We’ll I appreciate you even reading this because you seem like a really busy kind of person. Well thanks for reading my letter!

All I really want to say is your art is amazing and I particularly like your horses and mermaid. I’m sure you get a lot of letters with the same things I said. I mean you have over 30 illustrated book! I mean you must get a ton of letters! I just wanna thank you for reading! Please respond!”

With Love,


Southern Kentucky Book Fest: Kristie Lowry

I love attending book festivals. Readers, authors, travel, and most importantly hosts make an event! Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SoKY) is an invitational event hosting authors from New York Times best-sellers to local indies. The review process is selective, which makes this a professional event for anyone who attends. SoKY Book Fest is a favorite for this reason and one more.

The hosts determine the success of an event, and Kristie Lowry is one of my favorite hosts. I’ve come to know her very well through repeat participation at SoKY Book Fest. Underneath her pleasant smile and soft giggle, she is no average woman. When you realize the demands we authors place upon her, you quickly see her super power.

Since our first meeting I’ve been honored to know her. When she sent me this recommendation, I was speechless. Not only is Kristie a wonderful representative of Western Kentucky University and the SoKY Book Fest, but also a cherished friend. Thank you Kristie. Your kind words, patience, and professionalism don’t go unrecognized.


“Mark Wayne Adams is an amazing illustrator, speaker, teacher, and administrator. I have seen him work with people of all ages, and his enthusiasm is infectious. His presentations to children captivate them, and he’s adept at handling groups of any size. Mark also presented at a writers conference that I organized for adults, and the reviews from those who attended were overwhelmingly positive. I sat in on that presentation, and although I’m not a children’s book illustrator or author, I learned a lot too! 

Mark’s publishing company produces quality products, and Mark’s illustrations are incredible. He’s also something of a marketing genius, and is consistently one of the top sellers at the book festival I coordinate. 

I can’t say enough good things about Mark Wayne Adams and his abilities. The awards speak for themselves, but a testimonial by someone who has seen him in action can’t hurt!”

—Kristie Lowry, Literary Outreach Coordinator at Western Kentucky University Libraries