Tendril Press Honored at the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) today announced the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award honorees. Contributors to this year's list of honorees include the 39th U.S. president Jimmy Carter, actor Jim Carrey, musician Art Garfunkel, and author Garrison Keillor.  Learn more...

Paddy Eger


Paddy Eger, winner of three awards for her break-out non-fiction book, Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in the K-8 Classrooms, and its ancillary product, Educating America Desktop Flipbook. She has published dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and over a hundred blog articles.

Her debut YA novel, 84 Ribbons is the first book in a trilogy based on the competitive world of ballet and grew out of her experience as a ballet dancer. She writes with a unique voice that bring to light the themes of friendship, a budding romance, and learning to balance the rigors of pursuing a dream while building a balanced life.

An elementary education graduate of University of Washington, Paddy spent twenty years in the classroom. She produced original poems, songs and dances for her class room students to encourage free movement and foster student creativity. She also established a training program for classroom volunteers that became the foundation for her Educating America books. and Paddy volunteers in four elementary schools and assists the United Way of Snohomish County.

After retirement in 2000, Paddy discovered an enthusiasm for writing and pursues to master the craft. Her love of growing up as a small-town girl and her desire to create realistic stories became the inspiration for 84 Ribbons and ultimately the trilogy where skill and steady persistence open doors for dancers.

To foster and train her inner writer, Paddy participates in two writing groups and classes and attends conferences, including Write on the Sound, a conference in her hometown of Edmonds, Washington— a creative community of artists and writers along Puget Sound.

Paddy's love of international travel led to her soon to be released YA adventure novel, Tazman. Inspired by her visit to the historic site of the brutal penal colony of Port Arthur in Tasmania and uncovered the true story of a documented inmate imprisoned for stealing a handkerchief. The story of Ean emerged. Ean struggles through his three-year imprisonment wondering if he'll survive the brutality or if he should attempt a daring escape.

In her free time, Paddy and her husband, Rich, enjoy travel in the United States and internationally and are avid supporters of the arts in the Greater Seattle area. They enjoy spending time with their adult children, Brent and Christine at their summer home on Hood Canal.

Chat, Comment and Connect with Paddy at PaddyEger.com

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