Betsy & James Haynes

Betsy and Jim making a school presentation on writing and illustrating in their THE DEARLY DEPARTED Gramps and Granny Thistle costumes.THE DEARLY DEPARTED is a family of circus ghosts who can't bear to leave their human family behind. But what happens when they visit them and are stalked by a pair of ghost-hunters? Read this fantastically funny tale and find out.

Betsy and Jim in the elf costumes they wear when making presentations on their SANTA DIARIES series.

You too can schedule educational and entertaining presentations made jointly or separately by Betsy and Jim.

School and library resentations include: costumed presentations, free door knob hangers, readers' theatre, educational fun and games, that will tickle your funny bone, on how to write your own book and how to draw your own illustrations. To buy an autographed copy of THE DEARLY DEPARTED or THE SANTA DIARIES contact Betsy and Jim at JimBetsyHaynes@​​ or call 972.625.4721.



Maybe it's because my feisty grandma chased tarantulas around with a broom when we lived on an oil lease property when I was a baby that made me love danger and adventure. And maybe it was my father's spending nights as a trombonist with the bands of his day and his days spent drawing sketches that sparked my artistic side. Do you suppose that because my mother stood only four feet ten inches tall that I feel like a giant at five feet? And I'm sure my FBI (Full Blooded Italian) step-father, his seven brothers and sisters and their families are responsible for my LOVE of Italian food. That's who I am. Who are you?

My First Book, Peppy The Frog That I Wrote In The 2nd Grade

I'll always be a child at heart. Whenever I close my eyes, wonderful, funny, awful, embarrassing memories of middle school/​junior high come flooding back to fill the pages of my contemporary novels. My childhood friendships and rivalries with old enemies all find their way into my books. I've even spied on my own kids for story ideas.

Unlike most kids who can't wait to grow up, I've gotten younger--at least my stories have. I've stepped into the world of 7 to 10 year olds.

I and my husband, Jim, live in Texas on Lake Lewisville north of Dallas. We are owned by our greyhound, Miller. Our favorite things to do are traveling the world and boating.


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