Roberta's Bio

Roberta Simpson Brown grew up on a farm near Russell Springs, Kentucky, at the edge of Appalachia. Stories she heard there as a child and at Berea College as a student made her realize the importance of preserving storytelling.

Roberta’s work includes The Walking Trees and Other Scary Stories (nominated for the 1992 Parents’ Choice Award), The Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales, Scared in School, Strains of Music (a mystery novel written with her sister Fatima), Lamplight Tales, and Spooky, Kooky Poems for Kids (written with her husband, Lonnie E Brown) Her audio tapes, Scary Stories for All Ages and The Scariest Stories Ever are available through August House Publishers. She also has CDs, Creaking Porch Stories and Streamers.

Roberta has appeared in many states coast to coast at parks, workshops, schools, libraries, institutions, the National Middle School Conference, and The Corn Island Storytelling Festival. She has written for Louisville Magazine, and has performed on radio and television (National Public Radio and Voice of America) and The Kentucky Center for the Arts. On February 23, 2002, she was featured telling one of her own stories on Lifetime TV’s show, Beyond Chance.

She has been a featured author at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, the Kentucky Book Fair, and the Southern Festival of Books at Bowling Green (along with such notables as Cleveland Amory, R.L. Stine, Earl Hamner, etc.)

Roberta retired from teaching at the end of 1999 to devote full time to her writing and storytelling. She spends her free time reading, walking, watching videos of her favorite classic TV show Emergency! and working for animal rights. She lives in Louisville with her husband Lonnie, who is very supportive of her work and who “keeps the bad things away.” Roberta and Lonnie do paranormal investigations with the Louisville Ghost Hunters and The American Ghost Society.

You may contact Roberta by using the contact form or by phone at (502) 244-1291 or (502) 244-0022.