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General Information

Name:  Sindy Lynne Smith  

Pen Name: Sindy Smith

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1960 in Belleville, Illinois


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.

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