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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sindy Lynne Kubitschek  

Pen Name: Sindy Smith

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1960 in Belleville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Belleville, Illinois. I went to Belleville Area College, now known as SWIC, and McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. My book ''LITTLE LUCY LOU'' was written in Belleville, Illinois at historic Wirsing Manor, which is also the setting of the story. Wirsing Manor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as inside the Old Belleville Historic District. The story is set at this lovely manor home in Belleville, Illinois. One of the characters, Lindsay, is a real child that was born at Wirsing Manor, and grew up there, while her Mother Sindy, wrote the story, which is part of a children's book series. Sindy Smith still lives in Belleville, Illinois with her husband Attorney Kevin J. Kubitschek, and daughter Lindsay. Sindy has been featured in the ''Belleville News Democrat'', and the ''Sparta Plaindealer''. She has been the St. Clair County Illinois Young Author's Conference guest speaker, has been interviewed by WHCO radio in Sparta, Illinois, and has done numerous book signings in, and around the Belleville, Illinois area. Sindy is a past member of the Belleville Historic Preservation Committee for the City of Belleville, Illinois. Sindy is in the middle of having three other children's books published which also are set at Wirsing Manor in Belleville, Illinois. She does all of her own illustrations.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sindy Smith-Kubitschek was born in Belleville, Illinois. She attended Belleville Area Public Schools, and graduated from SWIC, Concordia Univesity Wisconsin,and worked on her Master's Degree at McKendree University. Sindy has lived in Belleville, Illinois all of her life. She has restored numerous historical properties in Belleville, Illinois. It was at historic Wirsing Manor, one of Belleville's oldest houses, where she wrote and illustrated her three children's stories that are part of a series. The first children's story ''LITTLE LUCY LOU'', was released in December of 2010. ''MR. MINKO'', and ''INDY THE UNICORN PRINCE'' are set at Wirsing Manor as well. The Author drew on her experiences that she had with her various kinds of pets to create her children's stories that have strong moral messages of hope and inspirationfor children. Sindy worked at S.A.V.E. in Belleville, Illinois for years with special needs individuals. This made an inpact on her written work, and can be seen in her message to children about being different but getting along in her first book, ''LITTLE LUCY LOU''. Sindy married Belleville Attorney Kevin J. Kubitschek, and resides in Belleville, Illinois with their daughter Lindsay, who is often times a character in her books. Sindy lives in a historic Belleville farm house with her family and her dogs, where she continues to write. She works part time in her husband's Law office when she is not working on her books or illustrations.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Little Lucy Lou
ISBN: 1456012177

America Star Books. 2010

One Spring day, the animals of Wirsing Manor hear a strange peeping sound coming from a shed on the property. They go to investigate, and find chicks, the biggest of whom is Little Lucy Lou. Lindsay, a child who lives in Wirsing Manor, introduces them to all the chicks. Soon after, the other chicks begin to suspect that Lindsay likes Lucy Lou the best, and they start being mean to her. She is upset by this and runs away into a meadow where there are foxes roaming around that could hurt her. The chicks realize what they've done and the animals go and try to find her. Will she come back safely? Little Lucy Lou is a heartwarming story about learning to accept the things that make you different.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Sindy had done numerous speaking engagements in Belleville, and Sparta Illinois. To contact Sindy call 618-257-9100, or 618-277-0250. Her guest speaking fee ranges from $150.00 to $500.00 depending on the conditions of the group. Often times she will speak without a fee for charity groups.