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Local author publishes children’s book

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Carissa Stone-Wheeler took a dream and made it a reality with the publishing of her first children’s book. 

The Cookeville resident said right now it is just a hobby, but it is “something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The book, titled “Sally and the Magic Rock,” was published late last year and is gaining local popularity thanks to her parents, Darlene and Philip Craighead. Stone-Wheeler said her mother, as well as the children in her family, served as inspiration for the book.

“This particular book, I was actually talking to mom mother one day and she had found some rocks that had all the kids’ names on them,” she said. My kids collect rocks. She wanted to do something special with them…wanted to hide them in the back yard and give them a special prize if they found them.”

After thinking about this for a while, Stone-Wheeler began formulating her idea for the book.

“I started to think about it. I didn’t want any of the kids to be the main character because the others would get jealous,” she said.

This is not the first book for Stone-Wheeler, but this is the first one to successfully be published. She said she recently read the book at the Lebanon Public Library, and her mother has also read the book. Mayor Philip Craighead chose “Sally and the Magic Rock” as his story for Read Me Day at Castle Heights Elementary last week.

“I’ve got several of them written but don’t have them illustrated yet,” she said. “I’m looking for a good illustrator.”

She has also ventured into writing for adult audiences.

“I’ve started on a novel more for adults,” Stone-Wheeler said. “I’ve got about 50 pages written. I don’t have a lot of time to write because I have a 3-year-old son.”

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