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Lowcountry Storyteller
 
An Interview with Jannie Greene

by Joyce Dixon

 
 

Jannie Greene draws on local history and folklore as well as her background in psychology to write stories for children.  A native of Georgetown, South Carolina, Greene graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. in Psychology and earned her masters of Education degree from Coastal Carolina University. 

Greene is a gifted storyteller and her stories are rich with Lowcountry folklore.

 

How do you incorporate creative writing in your classroom?  

I incorporate creative writing into my lessons by requiring my students to write a science fiction story, using real science facts after each unit of instruction. 

What is the best way to help a child become a reader for life?  

The best way to help a child become a reader for life is by allowing them to choose their topic of interest and allow them to share what they have read with others. Make them feel what they read was of value. 

Are home remedies still popular and which one would you recommend?  

Home remedies are not as popular today as they were many years ago, because the younger generation does not believe in them so; they solely rely on the doctor’s expertise for treatment.  The most popular one I would recommend is for hemorrhoids, Mix a tablespoon of pure camphor and a tablespoon of lard together. Mix well and apply to area with a cotton ball. Leave it there until it’s time to apply another treatment. It actually works. 

What inspired your collection of superstitions and which ones is your favorite

In my culture, I was reared to believe certain things would happen if I did something that was not approved of or frowned upon by my family or folks in the small rural community. In this small community, our way of living was known as and practices of customs, beliefs and traditions. It was just my ancestor’s way of living. Today, I call them superstitions. Some of my favorite ones is when my right hand itches, this means you will be receiving money in the next few days. If a dog repeatedly howls for no reason, someone is going to die who is dear to you. The sighting of Blackbirds signal cold weather will come in the next day or so. 

How do you use your tales of local folklore in the classroom?  

My tales of folklore are mainly used as an incentive for students that complete all of the required assignments on time as well as mastery of tests. It actually works for me because the students look forward to hearing folklore tales. 

What or who inspired me to become an author?   

I was inspired to become an author by the direction given to me by intervention from the Lord. 

What are you working on now?  

I ‘m working on a Novel entitled “Grace.” Its setting occurs around the 1920’s, in a little rural countryside on the coast of South Carolina. It describes what life was for a little black girl who was raised during the early 1900’s. 

I have completed another children’s book. In this book the children will learn how a lonely old woman found companionship through a mysterious gift.


 
Marty and the Dancing Butterflies
by Jannie Greene
Illustrated by Carl W. Humphreys and Patrick Vereen
Greene Publishing, 2001
Hardcover, $15.95 (25 pages)
ISBN: 0-9703025-1-7

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Lowcountry Lore: haunts, hags, and plat-eyes
by Jannie Dease Greene
Greene Publishing, 2001
Paper, $8.95 (82 pages)
ISBN: 0-9703025-3-3

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Grandpa's Tales: based on superstitions and home remedies from around the South
by Jannie Dease Greene
Greene Publishing, 2000
Paper, $12.95 (166 pages)
ISBN: 0-9703025-0-9

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Jannie Greene's books are available from Amazon. com and Barnes and Noble.

 

© 2003, Joyce Dixon, All Rights Reserved