Rebecca Coyte, Children's Author
Author of Award-Winning Series "The Bigfoot Paradox"
Rebecca Coyte has been fascinated with mysterious creatures and tales of the paranormal since she was a child. After teaching fifth grade for 11 years, she decided to write her first middle grades novel, The Bigfoot Paradox, which went on to win a 2015 eLit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction. Her follow-up novel, The Bigfoot Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2016 and won a Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal for Children's Fantasy/Sci-Fi. She hopes both young readers and the young at heart will enjoy her tales of magical beasts and mysteries.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
There are underlying themes of friendship, bravery, and protecting the environment. My books try to dispel myths about different cultures and creatures, while providing a funny twist on the current phenomenon of "Bigfoot Hunting."
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
I have spent a great deal of time studying Bigfoot mythology and contemporary sightings and anecdotes and have lived and traveled throughout many small-town areas of the United States.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I begin with my background as a curious and odd child who had a fascination with the paranormal. I then transition to my experiences traveling throughout the Southeast and meeting many colorful characters who went on to inspire characters in my books. I discuss the origins of "Onion Weed" and my own experience in the Redwoods one fateful night that changed my worldview. Throughout all of this, I show slides and keep everything lighthearted and engaging. I leave time for children to ask me any questions they have about writing, publishing, Bigfoot, etc.
Less than 5 appearances
Willing to travel