Betsy & James Haynes


I'm an author, illustrator and cartoonist. I've done the cover art for five of Betsy's books: THE DEARLY DEPARTED, the 3 book Santa's Diary Series: A NEW FANGLED CHRISTMAS, NORTH POLE VIRUS and SANTA'S STOWAWAY and the latest, THE CREEPAZOID'S NOSTRILS. A NEW FANGLED CHRISTMAS, NORTH POLE VIRUS and SANTA'S STOWAWAY are the adventures that almost stopped Christmas.I've written novels of my own and was a cartoonist for a Florida newspapre.


Here, Jim and I, are with fans at McGowen Elementary School in McKinney, TX

Betsy autographing at McGowen Elementary

Jim autographing at McGowan Elementary

Presenting Kids Love A Mystery Eddie Awards on Marco Island, Florida

Autographing books at the Miami International Book Fair

To view an online interview of Betsy by Janice Olson go to http:/​/​​Interview.htm.

Welcome To The Betsy & James Haynes Web Site

Cowslip was a slave who had to deal with reality of her era.
Cowslip was on the auction block. The year was 1861 and a war had begun, but it meant little to a frightened black girl still at the mercy of whites. An old slave at her former home had taught her magic spells to use against the cruel Master, who in his heartlessness had given Cowslip her name as a practical joke. But all those spells were no good to for her now.

The spunky and charming heroine of this fast-paced novel faces the adventures, humiliations and sorrows of her new life with a characteristic skepticism that gives her courage.

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I have sold 80 other juvenile novels, including a zany middle grade fantasy titled THE CREEPAZOID'S NOSTRILS and my husband, Jim, created the cover for it and others.

My latest series, The Santa 77th, 78th and 79th published novels...asks a lot of questions about what goes on in Santa's world.

Everyone just assumes that Santa has it made. Life is pretty ho-hum. He and his elves make toys, load them into the sleigh or Christmas Eve and deliver them by Christmas morning. Wrong!

Did you know that Santa has had to pull off his deliveries in spite of rip-roaring disasters? Things a jolly old elf shouldn't have to deal with? His life doesn't begin to match his rosy cheeks. Much less Rudolph's bright red nose. Still he's succeeded evey time! Find out how in this hearwarming series. Go to column 1 of the My Works page to read the first chapters of each book.

My humorous novel, THE GREAT MOM SWAP, became an ABC Saturday Night Movie and my funny/scarey series, BONE CHILLERS, became a Saturday morning ABC TV series.

I've received numerous honors and awards beginning with my first book, COWSLIP, which was named to the national list of Books for Brotherhood, to my latest young adult mystery, DEADLY DECEPTION, which was named ALA Quick Pick, the New York Library Books for the Teen Age and was on the Texas Lone Star Reading List in 1994. My books have been translated into seventeen languages. I've spoken at schools and writers conferences all over the U.S.A. and in Spain and Portugal, where I spent a month as a guest of the American Schools. I was also an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature and am now teaching "Writing the Middle Grade Novel", "Writing the Young Adult Novel" and "Creating Awesome Characters" for UCLA Extension on line.

I graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where James and I met, and later was named Journalism Alumnus of the Year. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. James and I were named Members of the Year and Life Time Members by SCBWI National for founding the North Texas Chapter. I've been a five-time member of the Mystery Writers selection committee for the Juvenile Division of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, which is given annually, and a three-time member of the selection committee for the annual SCBWI award.


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