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Author and alumna shares advice with Oak-Land students

May 01, 2019
Author signs book for student

Anne Greenwood Brown (class of 1986) always dreamed of becoming an author, but never actually expected that dream to become a reality. During a recent visit with students at Oak-Land Middle School, the Stillwater alumna told the story of how she stumbled upon writing as a second career, while encouraging them that they could become authors someday, too.

Brown, who works as an attorney by day and a writer by night, has published several young adult novels including the popular Lies Beneath trilogy. For the past three years she’s come back to Oak-Land to give advice to seventh grade English students about what it takes to write a good story, and the journey she took to become an author.

Students had the opportunity to read one of her books in class, and during the visit asked her many questions about the story, the characters, and what she enjoys most about writing. She also signed copies of her books for students and shared some of her memories of attending Oak-Land.

“This was actually my eighth grade English classroom,” she told the students. “If you would have asked me back then if I was a writer, I would have said no. I always loved to write, but never imagined I’d be an author.”

Her advice to students who aspire to become authors someday was to write what they love and never give up.