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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sindy Lynne Smith  

Pen Name: Sindy Smith

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1960 in Belleville, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.SindySmith.com
-- Sindy Smith on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=sindy+smith


Illinois Connection

Sindy Smith was born in Belleville, Illinois in 1960. Her Father, Benjamine Geoppo was first generation Italian, her Mother is Betty Brown. Sindy attended public schools in Belleville, Illinois. She graduated from SWIC with a Associate of Applied Science Degree in Marketing Management, and went to Concordia University Wisconsin, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She attended McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, where she worked on her Master's Degree in Special Education. Her first children's book, ''LITTLE LUCY LOU'' was written in Belleville, Illinois at historic Wirsing Manor, which is also the setting of the book. Wirsing Manor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is inside the Old Belleville Historic District as well. The book is set at this lovely imposing 14 room manor home dating back to 1845, which many believe to be haunted. One of the characters in Sindy's book is Lindsay, a real child that was born and raised at Wirsing Manor, while her Mother, Sindy, wrote the story, which is part of a children's book series. The author still resides in Belleville, Illinois, whith her husband Attorney Kevin J. Kubitschek, and daughter Lindsay Amanda. Sindy has been featured in the ''Belleville News Democrat'', and the ''Sparta Plainddealer''. She has been the St. Clair County Illinois Young Author's Conference guest spaeaker, has been interviewed by WHCO radio in Sparta, Illinois, and was interviewed by Norm Greenburg, and was featured on THE NORM GREENBURG SHOW. Sindy was the featured Author at the Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College for the Creative Kids Workshop. She has also done numerous book signings in, and around the Metro East area. Sindy is a past member of the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Belleville. She has restored numerous historic buildings within the City of Belleville, and Sparta, Illinois. Sindy is in the middle of having four other children's books published, which also are set at Wirsing Manor in Belleville, Illinois. She does all of her own illustrations for her books.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sindy Smith-Kubitschek was born in Belleville, Illinois. She attended Belleville area Public Schools, and graduated from SWIC, Concordia University Wisconsin, and worked on her Master's Degree at McKendree University. Sindy Smith has lived in Belleville,Illinois all of her life, but has traveled extensively throughout Central America. 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 four 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'',''INDY THE UNICORN PRINCE'', and ''EMILY OF WIRSING MANOR'' are set at historic Wirsing Manor as well. Her love of animals and historic homes has been her passion since early childhood.The Author drew on her experiences that she had with her various types of pets to create her lovable children's stories, that have strong moral messages of hope, the true meaning of friendship, and inspiration for children. Sindy's daughter, Lindsay, is often times a character in her books as well. Smith worked at S.A.V.E. in Belleville, Illinois for a number of years with special needs individuals. This made an impact 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 resides in Belleville, Illinois in a historic Belleville farm house that once belonged to her Father. She now shares the house with her family and her beloved dogs. It is from this house that she continues to write.


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.

Dadu the Dolphin
ISBN: 1456008080

America Star Books. 2011

Dadu is a friendly little dolphin whose greatest pleasure in life is swimming and playing in the clear blue ocean with his family and friends. But he can't ignore the bad things he sees happening to the ocean, his friends, and his family, and he decides to do something creative about it. But can he do the job? Is he too late? DADU THE DOLPHIN is a delightful story of a little dolphin who decides to help his friends, family, and the deep blue ocean he loves so much.

Mr. Minko
ISBN: 1462648835

America Star Books. 2011

Mr. Minko is a lost little kitten without a mother, a home, food, or love, who is just about to give up. Just when he is about to lose all hope, he wanders into the wonderful world of Wirsing Manor and discovers the many animals that live there. But will Mr. Minko fit in? Will he be accepted by the other animals that live there? Will he let his fear get in the way? Find out what happens to Mr. Minko, in this wonderful story about hope, fear, acceptance, and friendship. Mr. Minko is part II of the Little Lucy Lou book series.

Thirteen Ghostly Encounters at Wirsing Manor
ISBN: 1462667368

America Star Books. 2012

If you believe in ghosts, or not, Thirteen Ghostly Encounters at Wirsing Manor is about ghost experiences that Author Sindy Smith had while living with them for over a decade. Sindy Smith fell in love with a 19th century ruin of a house. She also knew restoring it to its former splendor would be quite an undertaking, since it suffered from, among other things, one hundred plus years of deferred maintenance. Sindy had her hands full, sanding floors, tearing off wallpaper and knocking down walls-what she didn't know was, that along the way, she'd be introduced to the many ghosts of Wirsing Manor.

Indy the Unicorn Prince
ISBN: 1462675190

America Star Books. 2012

Did you ever wonder what would happen if a unicorn lost its horn? In Indy the Unicorn Prince, a unicorn, who is the prince of the forest, is seized by evil trolls who hunt unicorns just for their horns, believing the horns will make them live forever! In this enchanting story, a unicorn's life is changed...in ways you might never expect. With help from his best friend, Rocko, the unicorn tries to make a new life for himself. But how is he changed? Can he survive? What happens to him? You'll find that Indy the Unicorn Prince is a delightful tale of wonder, discovery, and the true meaning of friendship. Indy the Unicorn Prince is book three in the Wirsing Manor children's series, which includes Mr. Minko and Little Lucy Lou.

Charlie the Chipmunk and the Lost Goldmine
ISBN: 1462698654

America Star Books. 2012

Old Stan's birthday gift from his three best friends fulfills his lifelong dream-a trip to Colorado to prospect for gold in the icy streams of the Rocky Mountains. It is there that he befriends a gang of chipmunks who are hiding a special secret. Join Stan on his journey out west and learn a lesson that is more valuable than gold.

Rosie the Rottweiler
ISBN: 1462698603

America Star Books. 2012

Many dogs in the United States are currently in animal shelters. One such dog is Rosie, a Rottweiler. When Marie and her daughter, Katie, visit a local animal shelter to get a hamster for a pet, Marie sees Rosie and is instantly smitten by this big black dog. But when she brings Rosie home, many of her friends say that dogs like Rosie are mean. Join Marie on her journey discovering the truth about big black dogs.

Ervin and Alma's Little Mouse House
ISBN: 1627091890

America Star Books. 2013

Ervin and Alma Mouse live quietly with their pet cricket, Clicker, in their little house on the edge of the forest. But even as they sit rocking on their front porch watching the forest animals, and listening to the sounds of the woods, they keep a silent lookout for Finko the fox ... who would like nothing better than to make them the main ingredient in his next meal! Ervin and Alma's Little Mouse House tells the charming story of two mice and their pet, who when faced with danger, see how little actions and working together can make a big difference.

The Tale of Pinky Wink Possum
ISBN: 1630043885

America Star Books. 2013

When a baby possum gets lost from his family, he finds a new home with a little girl and her mother. Pinky Wink Possum goes from being a lost little possum to a beloved pet where he is treated like a king. Pinky Wink Possum has his own pink clothing, a doll bed to sleep in, and is safe and warm in his new home. Yet he longs to be outside and free. One day he gets his wish. But once Pinky Wink Possum learns about the dangers of being in the wild he longs to be back with the family that captured his heart. In "The Tale of Pinky Wink Possum," a little possum discovers that home is truly where your heart is. "The Tale of Pinky Wink Possum," is based on a true story of how Author Sindy Smith rescued an injured baby possum and nursed him back to health. The real Pinky Wink possum now lives at The Treehouse Wildlife Center in Dow, Illinois where he is used to teach children about the environmental importance of North America's only marsupial. Visit Sindy Smith at: www.SindySmith.com


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Sindy does lectures and book signings in and around the great St. Louis Metropolitan area. To contact Sindy, call 618-401-4964 to arrange a time. Her guest speaking fee ranges from $150.00 to $1,000.00 depending upon the conditions of the group. Often times she will speak without a fee for a charity group.

Sindy was the guest speaker for St. Clair County Regional Office of Educations Young Author's Conference and the keynote speaker for the Monroe/Randolph County Regional Office of Education's Young Author's Conference.