Growing up in New York City’s Throggs Neck neighborhood in the 1950s was an adventure. Geri took pleasure in exploring along the shores of the East River during all four seasons, but she particularly loved the summer—swimming during the days and watching the fireflies at night.
Geri has always loved reading, writing, and coloring! (Her treasured copies of The Wizard of Oz and Little Women were too worn out to pass down to her own children!) As a kid, one of her favorite Christmas presents was a small orange portable typewriter. She didn’t realize then that the simple stories she banged out on that typewriter were practice for her encore career as a writer.
Barbara was born in New York City and lived eight doors down from her Lyon cousin, Geri, before moving to Michigan as a preteen. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan—Dearborn and then embarked on a rewarding editorial career.
After honing her own writing skills as an Editor with a small Detroit-based reference book publisher, Barbara trained newly hired Assistant Editors in the art of composing snappy, unbiased, fact-based essays for the nonfiction book market. In her subsequent role as a Project Editor for the same publisher, she handled all aspects of the production cycle for a new reference book series. These experiences allowed her to launch a career as a freelancer, writing and editing copy for an extensive client base from her home office while raising her son.
Barbara later earned her Master’s in Teaching English, broke into contract work for the university press market, and pivoted to a position as a Technical Writer specializing in corporate immigration support. Her most recent adventures include clerking for a Circuit Court Judge and joining a boutique law firm in metro Detroit.
The Runaway Letters is her first editorial project for the children’s book market.
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Kristin Grande is experienced in the financial industry, having dedicated nearly 30 years of service, with a passion for business management. She takes pride as a Financial Services Mentor by training incoming Data Entry Specialists in one of the largest global banks. In addition to her primary job functions, Kristin has been recognized by her Department Chair as an asset to her team, by serving on the corporation’s Activities Committee. She received the Global Community Glass Award in August 2022 for Excellence in Leadership for Business Management. Kristin is the proud daughter of Geri Lyon, and she is most impressed by her mother’s fortitude in writing The Runaway Letters.
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