Who We Are
Apples in the Seeds Publications
Apples in the Seeds Publications, LLC publishes materials which have been created to inspire, motivate and educate. We believe that words are seeds of nourishment for the mind and the heart. We publish fiction, non-fiction, books, poetry, eBooks and curriculum materials that delight, encourage and prompt children and adults to grow healthy minds and hearts.
Ms. Rita Collins, Author | Bio
Rita Collins was born in Montgomery, Alabama on an Air Force base. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. As the daughter of an Educator and an Airman, her young life was shaped by colorful experiences. Living for short times in several states and attending school in France for two years, she saw life from many perspectives, gained a love for people and cultures and an appreciation for various artistic expressions. She studied music and ballet and fell in love with reading and writing. Rita Collins graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in education. She became Certified as a Reading Recovery Teacher at the University of Montevallo and earned her Masters in Education from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She taught in the Birmingham City Schools, a local community college and served as principal of a K-12 private day school. Her love for teaching, performing and the literary arts, led her to form a nonprofit where she worked with students to develop their gifts and talents in writing and stage performance.
Rita has written and choreographed stage plays/dance dramas. She has published several children's books. She enjoys encouraging authors both young and young at heart to develop their voices in print.
She especially enjoys blogging, writing children's books and haikus. She is currently working on a biography.
Rita has three grown children, Carlee, Chloe and Mark and a granddaughter Joie Abigail.
Michael Allen, Illustrator | Bio
Michael Allen lives in Montgomery, Alabama. He began drawing as a very young child. His family members recognized his talent when artwork mysteriously began appearing on the walls of their homes. Rather than chastisement, Michael received art supplies. His grandmother bought him a big yellow art carousel with crayons, markers, paints, and other art supplies on a following Christmas. From that point some of his favorite gifts would be sketch pads, colored pencils and paints. He continued to receive encouragement from family members and teachers. He took a break from art for several years but returned after being asked by a friend to illustrate her children's book. Since then, Michael has fallen back in love with art. He is the principal illustrator for the Eensy Weensy Series.