Tommie Townsley was born and reared in Sulphur, Louisiana and now resides in Lake Charles. She began her career as a children's book author in 2005 after the devastation of two major hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. Mrs. Townsley experienced first-hand Hurricane Rita's destructive force that struck Southwest Louisiana.
The re-birth of Southwest Louisiana and the determination of the Cajun people inspired Mrs. Townsley to write children's books about the region she appreciates and loves.
Through her charming "Cajun Tales", Mrs. Townsley strives to teach and inspire children everywhere about Louisiana and its unique culture. Presently, she has written and published seven books.
She is also the Chairman of The Southwest Louisiana Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Guild and CEO//Publisher of Ally-Gator BookBites Publishing House, which she founded in 2013. Ally-Gator BookBites Publishing House received Small Business of the Year 2019.
Mrs. Townsley has published over 75 books with a focus on Louisiana local authors and illustrators. "I truly enjoy working with authors and bringing their dream book to life!"
She is very proud to showcase her new "boutique" bookstore in downtown Lake Charles.
While Tommie has many varied interests, she is totally dedicated to the importance of reading to children. Mrs. Townsley believes that every child has the potential to do great things with reading being the KEY!