Adele A. (Kinney) Roberts, a Montague native and Tennessee resident, is the author of eight books written after she retired from teaching. Roberts has submitted columns about her childhood enitled, “Growing Up in Montague,” which were published in The White Lake Beacon.

I never thought that at age eighty-one I would be an author of eight books! It certainly wasn’t a dream of mine nor a desire for my life.

I was a teacher who loved telling make-believe stories to the children. It was over fifty years ago when a young boy asked me to tell a story about a little skunk. It was fun to think about a little skunk and the adventures I could conjure up in my imagination. The children listened with anticipation as I began the journeys of a little skunk visiting a place called ‘the deep woods’.

During this time a young boy asked me if he could have the book so he could read the stories to his little brother. I had to tell him there was no book.

One evening I took out my old Remington typewriter and began typing one of the stories. I finished it and set it aside. Months later I found it and along with other writings I had done, put it in an old cardboard box, taped it up and labeled it “My Writings”. I married and we moved several times. The box traveled with us.

We had moved from Michigan to Missouri and while unpacking I came across the old cardboard box. I was curious to see what was in it as it hadn’t been opened for many years. Now rather yellow with age, I found my first story of a little skunk. Tears came to my eyes as I remembered the faces of the children, eyes wide with wonderment as they listened to every word I spoke.

I was seventy years old but I felt compelled to write the stories. After all, I now had a computer! It would be much easier than using the old manual typewriter. So – I began.

It was never a thought of mine that these stories would be published. I simply enjoyed making up these little stories and creating animal characters that seemed so real to me!

In 2012, at age seventy-four, I had written twelve stories. The first four books were published through a Christian publishing company. Later, in 2015 I completed the series of ‘The Adventures of Sammy the Skunk’ with two more books. Being a Christian and former counselor, I wrote what I call ‘Life Lessons’ at the end of each story.

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In 2016, I was approached and asked to write an educational book, using the characters in my books, to teach children the importance of not littering and to educate them about recycling. I wrote the story, ‘Critters Don’t Litter’ and developed a curriculum. It has been approved by the state of Tennessee.

In 2018, ‘Greta’, was published. It was once again inspired by students who many years ago brought me a picture of an old witch. It was Halloween time and they asked if I would make up a story about her. It is a fictional story about a little girl who wanted to be the most beautiful angel in the world but because of her disposition she had to learn a lesson the hard way. The verse, “And be ye kind one to another” was something Greta did not learn.

I have had many people approach me and tell me how they have always wanted to write a book. Their ideas have been shared with me and many are so good. My response is always, “You are never too young or too old to try! If you don’t try you will never know and you will always wonder.”

Born in Montague, Michigan, Adele developed a love for animals and the outdoors quickly. She also has a God given love for children and teaching and decided to pursue a career in education. After graduation from Montague High School she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She continued her education and earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling and an Early Childhood Development Degree.

Now retired from teaching, Adele has turned her attention to putting some of the stories she would tell her students into story form. In fact, The Adventures of Sammy the Skunk actually began over forty years ago. A story teller like her father, Adele would encourage her students to create a character so she could bring that character to life. Sammy became one of the students favorite characters, and the children would sit mesmerized as Adele would create a wonderful imaginary world full of animals and adventures.