Welcome to my website—an online portfolio of my work as a children’s author.
I’ve been at it since 2017, with the introduction of my first work, which later turned into a series. The Adventures of the Poodle Posse was actually born out of boredom and my love of writing. Yes, you see, I did, and still do, write features for magazines (www.chrysasmith.com). When all the deadlines were over, while awaiting next assignments, I began watching my two poodles—and the ideas just began to stream. It was then that I took some children’s writing classes and stepped out on my own. It was a bit scary, but turned out to be one of the greatest adventures of my professional life.
As of this writing, there are eight books for children in K-3. The tales are endearing and innocent, each exhibiting virtues such as sharing, caring, adjusting, protecting, growing. Six are poodle-connected, followed by tales of Dory Oslo–the protagonist and tough young lady, who finds herself in some magical situations. Among the lot, several have won awards from Mom’s Choice, Hindi’s Library, a top pick on Amazon’s Children’s Bookshelf and an endorsement from The Dove Foundation. Reviewers have loved the stories, and most importantly, so have the kids.
I can be found in school auditoriums and libraries, speaking with students about the writing process. (Please see the programs page for detailed information.) From finding ideas to finessing them to creating a plot to producing a book, my visits are both entertaining and educational. Each year, the presentation changes, and students often leave my presentations saying “I want to write a story.” What more could you ask for?
Well, a bonus is my lengthy background in writing for just about everyone. Writing is my passion and that passion has helped to bring some award-winning books to young readers all over the globe–yes, from Guatemala to Poland and places in-between.
I live in the Greater Philadelphia Area with my family and one very quirky Mini-Poo. When not at the computer, I can be found in the kitchen, garden or on a Pilates Reformer.
A Grand Slam Birthday
by Chrysa Smith
When Dory arrives at her cousin Izzy’s birthday party, things are anything but hopping. But Dory strikes again—turning the party upside-down with another great idea that has all the kids running, sliding, and stepping, while learning a thing or two along the way.