"I always wanted to write," Laura Keithley, a Greencastle resident, told The Brazil Times. "I just never thought that someone would want to publish my stuff."
The mother of four and the grandmother of seven never thought a publishing company would take an interest in her stuff, but she was wrong.
"My family nudged me along," Keithley said. "They just kept telling me to try, and that I would never know until I tried."
Because of the nudging of her family, Publish America decided to publish Keithley's book.
The children's book, entitled "Ellie's Big Day," is about an 8-year-old little girl and her birthday.
"It is Ellie's eighth birthday, and she is so excited about it because it is really her first party where she gets to invite her friends," Keithley said.
She relied on inspiration and memories of her mother and the stories that she told.
"I used my imagination and stories that my mother told me. She passed away a year ago and the book is in loving memory of her and dedicated to my father," she said.
Keithley decided to name the little girl Ellie because of her mother, Elenore.
Keithley credits her children for the encouragement to publish the book.
"My three sons, James, Joseph, and Charles Strong were always telling me that I could do it," she said. "With the encouragement and support of my sons and my daughter, Holly, it was published."
Keithley's daughter Holly Holliday, Avon, illustrated the book.
"I told her the only way I would try to get it published was if she illustrated the pages," she said. "Holly told me that she wasn't very good at drawing, eventually she sat down and did the pictures."
"We shared ideas and I was able to tell her what I wanted and where I wanted it to go," Keithley said.
The working relationship worked for the mother-daughter duo, and it was a success.
"When the book came in the mail, I was so amazed," Keithley said. "I had to show Holly, we were both excited that it was in print and we could hold it."
Her dreams for the book are simple.
"I really hope that it sells well, I hope that maybe I could do more, I have a few other things going, so we will see," Keithley said.
The children's book can be bought through Barnes and Noble or online at www.publishamerica.com