Kentucky Authors Write Children’s Book Inspired by Girls Inc. of Owensboro
I've always known my friends, Jody Hulsey and Emmy Woosley to be dedicated community leaders, volunteering their time to local performing arts groups and non-profits. Last week they surprised me when they announced their most recent venture as children's book authors with Of Life: The Rollercoaster.
Of Life: The Rollercoaster Inspiration
Jody, while serving as President of the board of directors for Girls Inc of Owensboro Daviess County in 2018 was privileged to meet one of the lovely ladies in the program who had created a unique art project. "She had used different colored construction paper to describe her emotions and made a 3D rollercoaster as an artistic expression of what she was feeling. I was so moved by the experience that I wrote a poem inspired by the story, had it laminated with a photo of the two of us, and shared it with her."
Around the same time, Emmy was directing a play at Theatre Workshop of Owensboro which Jody and his children were participating in. He shared with her the story of this young girl's "positive attitude, optimism, and creativity" and from there Emmy was inspired to create a storyboard based on Jody's poem.
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The Perfect Illustrations
Soon after, they searched for a local artist and found Sarah Truman. She was the perfect choice to bring the story to life through her colorful artwork. Jody said "Recently, Emmy and I had the opportunity to share the book, posters, bookmarks, and signage with the girl [who inspired the story] and her family. It was one of the greatest moments of my life."
Where to Buy Of Life: The Rollercoaster
This book is geared toward children ages 4-9 with the hope that it will inspire them to persevere on the "rollercoaster of life" with hope and optimism. You can pre-order here on Amazon or Barnes & Noble before its official release on August 4th of this year. Windy Hollow Biscuit House also sells copies in their cute little gift shop so you can pick one up locally.