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Helen Ingeborg Gregory • Pinstripe Publishing • pinpubstudio.com

My introduction to books . . .

       At three years of age, my mother encouraged me to print words on paper, and introduced me to the magic of water colors. By age nine or ten, I was making little paper books and "teaching school" to the dolls sitting against the pillow on my bed. In elementary school, fiction stories for extra credit flowed from my pencils and in college, I researched and wrote my final term paper about Christmas in Sweden, earning a Grade A result.

       In the mid-1980s, I revised that effort into my first self-published book, utilizing my typewriter, self-drawn line art illustrations and cut-and-paste methods for How to make a Swedish Christmas!. (That book is still in print today, 2021, available in The Tomten Catalog, Minnesota). Books that followed were: Finding & Keeping Customers, A Small Business Handbook, and How to make Newsletters, Brochures, and Other Good Stuff without a Computer System. The latter reached number nine on Quality Books Top 40 list of sales to libraries, and served as an alternative "Pick of the Month" choice in the Writers Digest's Book Club catalog. Now, after years of office work and family care giving, I am revisiting my love of writing, artwork and self-publishing.

       A memoir of my nearly thirty years of marriage to an insulin-dependent, Type 1, brittle diabetic (Diabetes by Marriage: A Memoir) is resting on Amazon.com (print and eBook). Lately, however, my efforts are focused on the redesign of my Website1 and, yep, formatting another book for print!



1. If you're reading this, you are on my revised Website!









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