White Lake resident Kathy Smith never imagined when she began writing that her words would someday be turned into a book.
Smith, who began writing in 1972, wrote poetry verses about her family and life experiences.
“My writing really helps me express myself and helped me to grow out of the shell that I was in,” Smith said. “I never thought I would become a writer, but since I began, I have really grown in my skills.”
Her recently released book, The Hulk of Cranberry Lake, is a children’s book aimed to teach kids about bullying and its effects. The book follows two animals, a swan and a goose.
The book developed when Smith and her husband moved into a new neighborhood in White Lake. Shortly after moving in, Smith was inspired by the activity of the geese and swans that would congregate at the lake just behind her house. One day she began taking photos of the animals and their activity and would pair them to Bible verses or sayings.
“My niece was the one who inspired me to write a book,” Smith says. “It’s just a real good story with a good moral to tell kids.”
The book is available for sale online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. For more information on Smith visit her website at www.inhisarms.net