Written by Gary Simone Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:29
Farmingdale resident, JoAnn Vergona Krapp, has an absolute passion for writing. The former school teacher and Northside Elementary Library Media Specialist has already written four children’s books with a fifth one due in June.
“I absolutely love the world of children’s literature,” said Vergona-Krapp in a recent interview. “With kids you can make up a total make believe world and let your imagination run wild.”
Vergona-Krapp let her imagination run wild in her most recent publication, Missing Treasure Means Trouble, which is a chapter book, best for ages 7 to 10-year olds. The wonderfully illustrated book is set in the Fire Island Lighthouse as it was undergoing major renovations in the 1980s. In the lighthouse’s, lantern room, three young adventurers meet up with a charismatic homeless man who enthralls them with stories of pirates, treasures and shipwrecks.
The former school librarian started writing seriously in 1985 while working at Northside Elementary. There she wrote over 30 professional journals for teachers and librarians all across the Island. But she felt she had more to offer than writing articles for staff members. She ended up meeting a teacher who also liked to write and that’s when her writing became more geared toward fiction.
“We would pool our ideas together and write stories based on our best ideas,” said Vergona-Krapp. “Over the next 10 years we wrote many children’s stories and ended up having two of them published.”
Vergona-Krapp’s favorite type of writing is fiction based on historical fact. She loves researching great historical accounts and adding fictionalized events to those accounts.
In her current book, which is tentatively scheduled for a June release, she tells the story of former president, James Monroe’s wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe. Monroe is a bold heroine who helps Marquis de Lafayette’s wife, Adrienne, escape the guillotine after the French Revolution.
Vergona-Krapp is part of an authors’ group, which travels to elementary schools across Long Island talking to schoolchildren about literature. She is also an avid watercolor artist, who has exhibited her paintings at various galleries.