PHYLLIS PITTMAN, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss. is a former journalist, feature writer, travel writer, and humor columnist. She has written for the Hattiesburg American, the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger, and the on-line magazine Iconoculture, among other publications. She also worked on staff of the American as the special sections editor. Additionally, Pittman copyedits scholarly journal articles and literary works.

Pittman holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an English minor, and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and has taken creative writing courses at USM. She has taught newswriting, copyediting, and newspaper layout and design at USM and William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

She relocated to Fairhope in November of 2011 and, while still freelance editing, has turned her attention to fiction. She has written poetry, short stories, and is currently working on her first novel, The Trouble with Grits.

A grandmother of ten and a former horse breeder, Pittman uses her insight into horses and children – and their age-old mutual attraction – to craft stories that speak to kids and are fun to write and to read. She has recently completed Night Mischief, the first in a series of children’s books called Pony Tales.