Leigh Anne Hoover, Author

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Roxie's Blog Spotlight: Children's Author, Leigh Anne Hoover, November 21, 2012

Santa Train 2012

Santa Train Facebook page

Leigh Anne Hoover was guest speaker at Lost State Writers Guild November meeting.


The Santa Train Tradition is a well crafted children’s book written by Leigh Anne W. Hoover and beautifully illustrated by Carol Bates Murray. It tells the story of seven year old Ben Massey and his annual family tradition of walking to meet the Santa Train on the chilly Saturday morning before Thanksgiving. The first of its kind, The Santa Train Tradition is sure to be a treasured keepsake for many years to come. Copyright © 2008 Word of Mouth Press

The Santa Train Tradition is available during the 2012 Christmas holiday season. A portion of your book purchase benefits the Literacy Council of Kingsport !

For those located outside of the area, the book can be purchased online at Word of Mouth Press

Each year, the Santa Train travels from Pikeville, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn., on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in celebration of the holiday season. The Santa Train will make 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee on Nov. 17, 2012, distributing more than 15 tons and $300,000 worth of toys and gifts to thousands of people. The annual project, co-sponsored by CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Dignity U Wear, is one of Appalachia’s most anticipated holiday traditions. This year, 2012, marks the train’s 70th trip through the region. For continuous updates about the Santa Train, please visit teamsantatrain.org or follow the Santa Train on Twitter @TeamSantaTrain.

Presentations at Elementary Schools in Virginia and Tennessee

Santa Train Tradition Scholarship Check Awarded
Today%20Show%20December%2020102.jpgMatt Lauer and Leigh Anne promote her book at the NBC TODAY Show on December 10, 2010.


Leigh Anne W. Hoover is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education/English and a minor in general communications, Hoover has worked for over 25 years in the media. She has extensive writing and public relations experience and has published articles encompassing personality and home profiles, arts and entertainment reviews, medical topics, and weekend escape pieces. Notable features include one-on-one interviews with actress Andie MacDowell, artists Bob Timberlake and P. Buckley Moss, author Jan Karon, Grammy-winner, singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins, and Clemson University President James F. Barker. She is also the author of two children’s books -“The Santa Train Tradition” and “Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites.”

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