Local author speaks to CMS students

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Posted 12/11/17

Newly published author Richard Born recently spoke with the after-school students attending Cleveland Middle School. His book, “The Bizarre Events at Hellman Elementary," published at the end of …

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Local author speaks to CMS students

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Newly published author Richard Born recently spoke with the after-school students attending Cleveland Middle School.

His book, “The Bizarre Events at Hellman Elementary," published at the end of August, is the first book in a series. He announced  the second book in the series is currently in the editing process, and he is looking at a summer 2018 publishing date.

 He describes the book as an exciting mix between Goosebumps and Wayside stories. It explores the lives of students at Hellman Elementary. Everyday problems are nothing compared to the supernatural issues at the school. The teachers hide secrets, and the legend that a crazy half man, half frog hops around the school only adds to the mysteries. Getting good grades and following rules are challenging enough without a principal and teachers trying to sabotage you along the way!

In addition, he spoke about the process in publishing a book and the timeline involved.

A native of Tennessee, Richard attended Chattanooga Central High School, and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for two years before moving to Bowling Green, Ky., to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing, at Western Kentucky University. While living in Kentucky, he become a foster parent to a number of children. Richard credits his foster children in helping him create this book series.

“They would come home from school, telling me things that happened, sometimes upsetting for them, and I would twist and turn it into a story that would get them laughing,” he said. 

Richard also discussed the challenges in being a single parent to two special needs children. An avid supporter of foster parenting and adoption, he returned to Tennessee in 2016 and lives in Cleveland with his two adopted sons and a dog named Bandit.

Richard’s books are available at Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and Amazon.

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