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About Aud

About Audra Supplee

Audra grew up in Pennsylvania farm country, outside the little town of Honey Brook.  Besides parents, an older sister and younger brother, her family included a Weimaraner, a German shorthair, and three pet ducks.  Her father built a small barn that housed a horse, a pony and later, Audra’s 4-H project, a black Nubian goat.

When her father’s alcoholism made home life less than idyllic, Audra turned to writing as a way to cope with her chaotic home life.  It felt empowering to create fictional worlds and orchestrate the lives of her characters.  By eighth grade she knew she wanted to publish a novel.

While working as a lifeguard at an apartment complex, the summer before senior year in college, Audra jotted notes for a story about a trumpet playing teen that would become the novel, Standing Ovation, published by Ace Tempo Books.  Music is also featured in her novel, I Almost Love You, Eddie Clegg and the novel she is currently writing.

Music has always played an important part in Audra’s life, from listening to her mother sing in the church choir, to taking piano lessons from her grandmother.  Audra played the trumpet from grade school through college.  Since then she has moved on to drums, as a recreational drummer.  She also dabbles in electric guitar and keyboards.

Audra married her college sweetheart, Brian.  They live in a nurturing home filled with laughter and love (and no alcohol).  In fact, life was so good she briefly put her writing aside.

During Audra’s “writing sabbatical” she took a night school class to become a clown and has performed at parties and charity events as Bloozy Blue.  From clowning she moved on to learning to juggle and is a member of the Turk’s Head Jugglers.  Now she incorporates juggling into her creative writing presentations.

After her sabbatical she plunged back into writing, participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
in 2004 and 2005, completing the rough draft of a 50,000 word novel in thirty days.  Next, she added speech writing to her creative endeavors by joining the Chester County branch of Toastmasters International.  She earned her CTM (Competent Toastmaster) award in June, 2006 and her ACB (Advanced Communicator-Bronze) in June, 2007.

Audra is also a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) and a member of her local writing club, Brandywine Valley Writer's Group.

Now when she writes, it isn’t to escape; she writes for the pure joy of it. 

Audra Supplee is available to give creative writing presentations at schools and libraries.