Made in Arkansas Interview with Craig O’Neil
November 24, 2016
Maria talks to Rhonda Stewart with the Butler Center June 17,2016
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I am excited to share my first book with students throughout Arkansas! The purpose of this book is to share a happy memory from a moment in time, the meaning of Christmas, and to encourage young readers and writers that there is a book in all of us. Writing a book was not planned. I had no thoughts of writing a book. A project that started as a gift to my mother, turned into a children’s book project. I have always enjoyed poetry. I am sure this is why I chose to write “Christmas Night on the Farm” as a rhyming children’s story. I have enjoyed the writing and publishing process. Currently I am writing part time, however, I would like to write more children’s stories in the future. Read more
Maria Hoskins of Mayflower could not find the book she was looking for, so she wrote it herself. A community outreach specialist for the federal government for 25 years, Hoskins found herself becoming a children’s author when she went looking for a book depicting a Christmas like the ones she used to enjoy as a child.“I had a wonderful childhood,” she said. “Going to grandma’s house, staying on the farm. I always heard the story of the real meaning of Christmas.” Read more
Hoskins and her husband of 21 years, Archie Hoskins, lived on her grandmother’s property in Mayflower until 2009, when she bought a home in The River Plantation in Mayflower. Their home received damage in the April tornado, she said, but was repaired. “We’re fine,” she said.
Last year, Hoskins went on a search for a book that represented her memories of Christmas at her grandmother’s hhttp://seasons2dream.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=39&action=editouse on the farm in Mayflower. She went to see friend Garbo Hearne, who owns Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing and Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock.
“I said, ‘I want a book something like The Night Before Christmas, but more like I grew up,’” Hoskins said she told Hearne. She wanted it to be fun for kids and also talk about the birth of Jesus.
“After I whined and fussed and griped, she said, ‘Maria, just go write the book,’” Hoskins said. One night, after everyone else was in bed, Hoskins said she started thinking about it, and she was filled with happiness. “Mama always made Christmas fun, but being at Grandma’s house was special fun,” she said. Read more