Bertha Ramsey
Bertha Ramsey

Kemper County Messenger

As Bertha Ramsey was randomly drawing what began as bowling pins on a piece of paper, she was struck with an idea for a children's book.

"I had been writing poems and things like that, but but this story just came into my head," said newly published author Bertha Ramsey of Kemper County. "It was inspired by God."

Ramsey will be signing her books at Pilgrim's Grocery in DeKalb from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Friday and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The book "Hard Times in the Valley of Korah" was also illustrated by Ramsey.

"When I started out I was just doodling something that looked like bowling pins, then they became these birds and the story just came to me," she said.

While the story is characterized as a children's book, Ramsey said it was for the whole family. "It's something that the family can read together so they can help answer any questions the children may have." Ramsey said she is already working on a sequel. "I don't know what I'm doing to do after that, but I know there will be a second one."

Ramsey, who works at Bedford Care Center in Marion, said there are "a lot of life lessons" in the book.

Ramsey, 41, said the fictional story focuses on the importance of battling through hard times and how important it is to be dependent on God.

While Ramsey said her family was "very excited" about the project, she also said she told very few people what she was doing until the book was published. "I didn't want anybody to try and talk me out of it," she said. "I knew it was something I was supposed to do."

She said she currently has 65 of the books, with more on order. The books cost $9.95 plus tax.