Tricia Offutt


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About the Author


Talking buckets? You write about talking buckets? Yes, yes I do.

Talking buckets are a great conversation starter. Either someone laughs and is intrigued, or they just stare silently. And that's okay. I'm kind of used to that (mostly the silent staring part) having grown up with two older brothers. My quirky and vivid imagination often led to a bit of confusion both for me and for them.

One day when I was about five or so, my mom and dad loaded my brothers and me into the car for a long drive after days cooped up in the house.

Years later, I mentioned to my family that time we took a trip to Mississippi.

Turns out, we didn't.

But my mom did use the time in the car to teach us how to spell Mississippi. M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I!

And then there is the time that we moved. We drove and we drove and we drove. I saw vast red cliffs and valleys. Years later I recalled for my parents and brothers that amazing trip we took to the Grand Canyon.

Turns out, we didn't.

We drove past some red clay hills as we traveled through Georgia on our way to Florida.

Imagination firmly intact, my first writing endeavors began with a small writing space supplied with paper and pencil. It was tucked away in a corner of a closet. Later on, I graduated to a red and white typewriter from which poured some of my best work (now lost, largely due to my tearing it up in a fit of artistic rage at the age of 10). No one knew about this secret spot.

Turns out, everybody knew, my younger sister told me years later.

I went on to work as a journalist and as an elementary school teacher. I quickly discovered second and third graders had imaginations that met, no, exceeded mine.

Turns out, they believe in talking buckets. Now, how about you?


Tricia Offutt is a former elementary school teacher with over a decade of experience as a journalist.

She lives in Florida with her husband, Nathan, their son, Will, and cats, Emma, Little Bit, and Meow-Meow.

When she’s not writing, Tricia enjoys reading a good book, baking cupcakes, gardening, and most especially, spending time with her family and friends.