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Nancy Allen to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Dear Vampire”

Nancy Allen to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Dear Vampire”

July 24, 2023





What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?


Dear Vampire: Vampires are real, right?


You’re about to enter the world of vampires—REAL vampires. These animals are out for blo-o-o-o-od. Your blo-o-o-o-od. Watch out! They’re everywhere.

Don’t open this book if you’re a scaredy-cat.

A wise, witty, and engaging read.

Vibrant art and captivating characters add to the whimsical appeal of this book.



Bugs on the Job:

Some bugs eat rotting wood. “TREE”-mendous!

Some flash their lanterns. De-“LIGHT”-ful!

Others flit and flutter like flying flowers. “BEE”-utiful!

All work as community helpers! Brilli-“ANT”!

Fun wordplay. Fun read. Fun book.

Dear Komodo Dragon:

Leslie has a dragon—a real-life dragon—for a pen pal. When she grows up, Leslie wants to be a dragon hunter. She becomes pen pals with a wise-cracking Komodo dragon and discovers his letters are chock full of accurate, interesting facts, along with a generous helping of humor. Leslie also learns about the world’s largest lizard and the dangers they face. As their friendship builds, will Leslie change her mind about becoming a dragon hunter?

This book sparks imagination, tickles funny bones, and warms hearts.

First Fire:

Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did fire come to Earth? You’ll find answers to these questions in this retelling of a Cherokee folktale.

The Cherokee Heritage Center has verified the accuracy of this authentic folktale.

There are four pages of activities in the back of the book. The publisher’s website offers additional complementary activities.

Once Upon a Dime:

One day, Farmer Worth notices a little tree growing where nothing had grown before. He feeds it organic fertilizer and discovers that money grows on trees! Lewis and Cluck provide chicken droppings. Dwight D. Oinkenhower provides pig squish. Mooley Pitcher provides cow pies, and a young boy learns the real value of the money tree.

This book teaches the relative value of coins, lets young readers practice multiplying money, and helps teach about the comparative sizes of farm animals. Packed with humor.



Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

These books, geared for ages three and up, are steeped in humor and introduce readers to animals, concepts, and cultures. The text parallels human and wild animal behavior as animals work to benefit their own lives. Allen introduces information that fires interest in learning more about these incredible creatures. Entertaining and informative.


Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

Fun fact: The idea for writing Dear Vampire happened when I was bitten by a real vampire: a mosquito.


Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

No. I’ve participated in previous years. My favorite part is talking with readers. Every time I autograph a book for anyone, my heart squeezes.

Book festivals are primarily comprised of readers, writers, and books. I love to mingle with people and discuss our common interest in reading. Festivals offer me the opportunity to meet fans of my books and new readers. I also meet publishers and authors, allowing me to network with literary professionals. Spending time with these people and experiencing the beauty and power of books is inspiring, so inspiring I leave the festival thinking about the possibilities of new book ideas.



Growing up in Kentucky halfway between Troublesome Creek and Hell-for-Certain and near a town named Hazard, Nancy Allen learned to take the non-risky route of looking before leaping. Dear Vampire invites you into the world of real vampires. Their extraordinary behavior proves that fact is truly stranger than fiction.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to all who attended this year’s festival! Please provide feedback about your experience by submitting a survey. 

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