Another driving force behind the author is to encourage kids to reach high and believe in their dreams. Her husband grew up on a farm in upstate New York. Many people thought it would be impossible for him to follow his dream of becoming a race driver and competing at the highest level of the sport. After years of hard work and persistence, Mr. Pimm raced Indy cars and stock cars. Nancy Roe-Pimm wrote and illustrated her first book when she was only ten-years old. Her dream of having a book on a library shelf has finally come true, thirty-five years later! Her message to the children: It’s important to believe in yourself, never give up and reach for the stars. She will also share with the group a day in the life of a writer and why she writes. Her talk is inspirational and hands-on. She has collected “pit trash” (parts of an actual race cars) to share with the students, and racing gear from her days at the race track. There is also a slide presentation with racing photos and gorilla photos, not used in the books.
Ms. Pimm has been published in Highlights for Children, Hopscotch, Boy’s Quest, The Horseman’s Corral, Guideposts for Kids and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her published books include:
- The Indy 500-The Inside Track (Junior Libray Guild Selection)
- The Daytona 500- The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race (JLG Selection)
- The Heart of the Beast-Eight Great Gorilla Stories (JLG Selection). Endorsed by Jack Hanna
- Colo’s Story—The Life of One Grand Gorilla (JLG Selection). Choose to Read Ohio selection: 2013,2014. Colo’s Story was also chosen to represent the state of Ohio at the National Book Festival in Washingon D.C. in 2012.
Her latest book, Flying Solo—The Jerrie Mock Story is slated to be available Fall 2015.
Nancy Roe Pimm lives in Plain City, Ohio with her husband, Ed Pimm. They have three daughters, Allison, Lindsay, and Carli and now have two grandsons, Tommy and Sammy. They share their home with two dogs, Tessie and Toby, two cats, Sassy and Mr. Kit, and one snake, Monty Python. Allison married Rusty Simkins and blessed the family with two grandsons, Tommy and Sammy.