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Local authors make writing child's play

Gabe Farmer, Democrat Correspondent • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Lebanon natives Amanda Edwards and Brandy Dowell will be featured at a book signing event in Murfreesboro for their book, “The Land of the Tooth Fairy.” 

The children’s book is a story that follows a boy’s journey as he enters into the land of the tooth fairy during a dream. Edwards and Dowell, who are dental assistants, hope children will enjoy the book and that it will make them excited to lose teeth and maintain dental hygiene. 

Edwards and Dowell have been friends for 10 years, and for seven of those years, they have worked together as dental assistants. Dowell said from the beginning, the two of them had wanted to do something special together, and the book became that special thing. 

“Writing this book allowed us to achieve our dream.”  Dowell said.

The two began writing the book in early 2012, and when it was finished, they sent it to publishers in hopes of it being published. Neither Edwards nor Dowell had written a published work before “The Land of the Tooth Fairy”, but the book was picked up by the first publisher they sent it to. Dowell said they have some ideas for more books, and they may begin writing another soon. 

Edwards and Dowell have made visits to local schools, such as Watertown Elementary School, Coles Ferry Elementary School and Carroll Oakland Elementary School to read their book to students there. 

“It’s a lot of fun to see their faces while we read the book,” Dowell Said, “You get to see the parts that make them light up.”

The duo said they have had a great response from children and have even had children show interest in writing and creating stories of their own. 

The story Edwards and Dowell created tells the story of a boy named Ben who is excited when he loses his first tooth. When Ben goes to sleep that night, the story follows him into his dream, which takes him to the land of the tooth fairy. While there, Ben goes on a journey and meets many characters, including the tooth fairy, and he discovers what happens to his missing tooth in the land of the tooth fairy.

The book signing event will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Hastings in Murfreesboro.  Edwards and Dowell will have another signing event Aug. 3 at Barnes and Noble in Hendersonville.

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