Billy is re­ally cu­ri­ous

Myrna Ram­say’s first chil­dren’s book be­ing launched to­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/RELIGION - BY ALYSHA CAMP­BELL news­room@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

Myrna Ram­say, 65, has self­pub­lished a chil­dren’s book an­swer­ing some of the nev­erend­ing ques­tions of cu­ri­ous lit­tle ones.

“Story Time with Billy” fol­lows a cu­ri­ous boy who wants to learn more about God through his neigh­bour­hood as he tries to find an­swers to his ques­tions.

This isn’t Ram­say’s first pub­lished work, but it is her first chil­dren’s book as well as first re­li­gious work.

Ram­say grew up in West Point and now lives in Sum­mer­side.

She wrote and self-pub­lished the book, with a lit­tle help from her son when it comes to com­put­ers.

Af­ter hav­ing a few short sto­ries pub­lished in an Is­land mag­a­zine in the 1990’s, she took a break around the time when type­writ­ers started to be re­placed by com­put­ers.

“I could not imag­ine my­self writ­ing on a com­puter,” she said.

Then, life got in the way, Ram­say said.

With a grow­ing fam­ily, writ­ing took a back seat to life.

Now, she has wel­comed the com­puter and the con­cept of pub­lish­ing from home.

Nine years ago, she be­came ac­tively in­volved in the Sal­va­tion Army chil­dren’s min­istry.

She re­worked the ideas they taught from the Bi­ble to help the chil­dren un­der­stand the mes­sage, she said.

“One day I re­al­ized, ‘Hey, I’m writ­ing again.”

The chil­dren are now the rea­son she writes, and she loves it, she said

“Their ques­tions were the in­spi­ra­tion for ‘Story Time with Billy,’ and I hope I have an­swered some of their ques­tions with the book.”

The chil­dren’s book is cur­rently her only project in the works.

“I want to get this book off the ground first,” she said.

While she sets her sights on small stores will­ing to sell copies of her book, she also sells copies her­self from home and on­line.

“Story Time with Billy,” will be of­fi­cially launched to­day at the Sum­mer­side Ro­tary Li­brary from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will in­clude a read­ing as well as cup­cakes and re­fresh­ments, and of course book sign­ings.

Ram­say has al­ways dreamed of be­ing a suc­cess­ful writer.

“It’s now or never; I’m not get­ting any younger.”

ALYSHA CAMP­BELL/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Myrna Ram­say will launch her first chil­dren’s book on Aug. 12 at the Sum­mer­side Ro­tary Li­brary.

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