The Village at Gleannloch Farms (VGF) is home to some very creative and interesting people! Recently, Marcia Allen Bennett, an 82-year-old great-grandmother and resident of this retirement community in Spring, Texas, was featured on Houston TV on KTRK Today. Ms. Bennett was interviewed after the recent publication of her sixth book, Umbrella Town, a children’s book about a young girl determined to bring brighter colors (and surprising changes) to her rainy, black-umbrellaed village. Bennett’s daughter, Michelle Bennett, did the book’s illustrations.
Bennett is also the author of the children’s books Mystery at Saddle Creek, Mystery at Jacob’s Well, The Backpack Cat, and the young adult/adult book Ladies of the Bomb Squad. “Umbrella Town” won first prize in the Texas Katherine Anne Porter Literary Contest. Bennett’s books are all carried on Amazon.com.
When Bennett is not at her keyboard writing, she’s creating by painting, hand-making jewelry, and playing the harp (!) on her designated “party floor” at Gleannloch Farms. A launch party was held at VGF in her honor, with a live reading of “Umbrella Town”–complete with a slideshow of the illustrations–and a white umbrella painting activity.