All it took was one phone call and Linda Truitt was inspired to write her first book, "My Momma Comes Back."
Truitt's great granddaughter, Bella, 2, was experiencing anxiety while in childcare. Bella's grandma, Lori Kurzejeski, thought the best way to help Bella was to sing, so they wrote a song. Soon enough, Bella, caught on and called Truitt to sing the song.
"I was hooked," said Truitt.
And not only was the book written by a Maconite, but it was also illustrated, published and recorded (for an audio book) in Macon as well.
"I'm so proud it's a Macon product," said Truitt. "I think we are living in a day and age that small towns have to work together or we don't make it."
The whole book is about emotion and feelings. Truitt says that ultimately she hopes it will help small children understand that if someone you love leaves you, they will come back for you and to help them get through anxiety of being left and earn trust.
"Writing this book has been very exciting," said Truitt. "It is like being old but still being able to take a chance and step off that ledge and say that is important no matter what the end product is. I am happy doing this and it's something I have always wanted to do and it feels good."
Truitt graduated from Shelbyville High School, got a degree in special education from Northeast Missouri State University in 1980 and an elementary education certification k-8. Now, she is the Coordinator for Macon County Ministries' Emergency Food Pantry. So not only is Truitt a cancer survivor, teacher, mother and coordinator, but now she is also an author.
Truitt will be selling her book on her website, www.grandmasbooksforkids.com, at the West Mercantile and during promotion events. Truitt will even be reading her book at the Macon Public Library on February 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Shelbina Library on Feb. 16th from 10-12.