'Tiny Paul' spins a spidery tale

Posted at 01:00 AM on Sunday, Mar. 14, 2010
By Rick Bentley / The Fresno Bee

The sight of a tarantula will make some people run, but Coarsegold resident Tammy Simpson has found inspiration in the hairy arachnids.

"It started out with my interest in the tarantulas that just seem to appear in October up here in the foothills. The story evolved into a tale loosely based on my three brothers." says Simpson. "I like to follow the tarantula around because they are really fascinating and have different personalities."

That story became her new children's book "Tiny Paul the Tarantula Takes a Walk" (Publish America, $16.95). Her cousin, J. R. Register, a graphic artist in Southern California, did the illustrations.

Simpson, who previously self-published "The Cat Who Thought He Was a Dog," has worked as a legal secretary and a personal assistant. She got the idea to write a children's book a dozen years ago when she read to her son's class.

You can order the book at publishamerica.net.

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