Role— Author of "Deep in the Deep: Reaction-Diffusion Dies Tonight"
Past Achievements— Authored two novels set in the Forgotten Realms®: City of the Dead and Crypt of the Moaning Diamond; published a series of books on collecting books, culminating in the very large and very heavy Encyclopedia of Collectible Children's Books; had her short stories appeare in numerous anthologies, including Realms of the Dead (Wizards of the Coast), Close Encounters of the Urban Kind (Apex), Zero Gravity (Pill Hill), and Cobalt City Timeslip (Timid Pirate Productions) in 2010; kept her journalistic toes dipped in the arts by reviewing theater and interviewing artists for the Seattle edition of Examiner.com and other online publications; and passed the 500-articles-published-mark (newspapers, magazines, and other publications) sometime in the 20th century.
Future Achievements— After going round the world in something less than 80 days in the 20th century, will continue to explore the more historic corners of the United States as well as many fictional realms: reading, writing, and traveling to conventions of like-minded souls; and will tour Carnegie libraries whenever and wherever they appear.
Back Story— When she was five, Rosemary's grandfather sent her a copy of The Wizard of Oz (the book, not a DVD.) It had been his favorite book as a child and he sent copies to all his grandchildren. Since that engaging start, Rosemary has explored Middle Earth, Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, and all the rest. Writers begin as readers. Readers begin because somebody cares enough to give them the book that inspires a lifelong passion.
Final Notes— In 1919, approximately one half of the public libraries in the United States were built by grants from one man: Andrew Carnegie. This self-made millionaire provided funding to build more than 2,500 libraries in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, the Caribbean, and Fiji. The very first Carnegie library opened in Scotland, and the motto over its doors was "Let there be light." For Carnegie, and the millions who have come to public libraries since, free access to books means so much more than just a good story to read. Please support your public library and help keep the lights turned on far into the future. Got a Carnegie library in your hometown? Send Rosemary a picture. You can find her e-mail address at www.rosemaryjones.com.