About the Author
Photo by Brandon Jackson
I’ve rescued many animals, but one dog rescue in particular compelled me to write a children’s chapter book based on my experience.
Basil’s Quest, A Tale of Dogged Determination, is a story about resilience and the power of love. Told from a dog’s perspective, the book conveys that one’s past need not decide one’s future, but instead can shape it for the better.
I share my love of books as the steward of “Gracie’s Little Free Library” (Charter #83579, located In Nashville, Tennessee). Little Free Libraries provide free access to books through public neighborhood bookcases maintained by volunteers.
My husband, Jerry, and I are active in the rescue dog transporting community, helping homeless animals relocate to states where they have a better chance of being adopted. We have welcomed many rescue dogs into our family over the years, including our two current pack members who fill our days with smiles and waggy tails.
When I’m not writing I make watercolor paintings, tend to the fairy garden I started during the pandemic, and I curate a Little Free Art Gallery. I also love to take our dogs on walks so they can enjoy the lovely scents beyond their own backyard.
Fun Fact #2
My husband and I (before we were married) co-authored a workbook for songwriters titled “Your First Cut, a Step-by-Step Guide to Getting There.”
Fun Fact #3
I love baseball. In high school I lettered in scorekeeping for our school’s baseball team.
Fun Fact #4
Favorite concert ever: Elton John’s debut concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on August 25, 1970.
Fun Fact #5
Some of my favorite authors are Terry Brooks, E.B. White, Bill Bryson, and Fredrik Backman.
Fun Fact #6
I’m a huge Ze Frank fan. Check out his TED Talks!
Fun Fact #7
Favorite TV shows: Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, Schitt’s Creek, and Better Call Saul.
Fun Fact #8
I used to teach yoga
Gracie is a member of
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Gracie may be reached at gracie (at) gracievandiver (dot) com.