Chandler, Oklahoma has been the home of Kowanda Stroud for twenty-eight years. However, she grew up in a small town in southwestern Oklahoma named Fletcher. For many years she’d entertained friends by telling stories about some of Fletcher’s more colorful characters. After Anna Myers, a published author, read some of her short stories she encouraged and mentored her to write a novel. Kowanda never dreamed that she’d be able to write an entire book about growing up in that town during the 1950s. Much to her amazement she has written three published novels and her fourth will be released in February 2008.
She married her high school sweetheart Dewey, who she calls Dub, forty-five years ago in Fletcher. They have two daughters, Kathy and Kim, and seven grandchildren. Kowanda is very proud to tell others that both of her daughters are schoolteachers.
She’s happy she can still entertain others with stories of that small town and hopes she will not shock her grandchildren when they read the stories of her teen years.
Kowanda is also an artist and finds inspiration for her writing from painting.
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