Kay Roberts began her writing career in the fifth grade when she gave a short story to her friend in church. Since then, Kay has married and had both children and grandchildren. It wasn’t until a conversation with her husband, Mic, one evening that the idea for her first book “Forever Evergreen” was born. Now, writing is Kay’s passion, and she is happy to be at work on other books.
For Roberts, writing and publishing a book is a dream that she had since she was a girl. She has inspiring words for readers and other aspiring writers alike: “I want everybody to know, no matter how old you are, if you have a dream, go for it! You’re never too old to do what you really want to do.”
In her debut children’s book, “Forever Evergreen,” Kay Roberts tells the compelling story of Red, an adventurous cardinal who dares to leave his home in search of adventure.
The storyline began as an oral tale that Roberts first heard from her husband who grew up in an orphanage. “One evening we were talking about childhood memories, and he said he remembered somebody telling him a little story about a bird getting hurt and a fir tree picking him up and caring for him.” After she heard the story, Roberts waited for a while but eventually, she knew she had to put her version down on paper.
In the book, Red finds unexpected allies along the way, as he navigates the Enchanted Forest. However, when trouble befalls him, Red must rely on the help of his new friends if he ever wants to make it back home. When Mother Nature intervenes, the entire forest is affected by her decision.
Roberts takes readers on an unforgettable journey, imparting valuable life lessons about forgiveness, hope, and compassion. The book is brought to life with vivid illustrations by Kim Sponaugle.
While developing the six main characters, Roberts was inspired by her own grandchildren, using their traits to craft her characters. “Each character evolved. The main character, Red, takes after my grandson who is an adventurous type and a free-thinking individual.”
“I am so glad to have this story as a part of our spring collection,” says publisher, Lisa Umina. “This is a fun and engaging way for children to learn about how their actions can have unexpected consequences.”
The author’s hope is for children to use this book to spark their imagination. “I would love to get this story in the hands of children and have them go on a journey with the book, too. I love when children use their imagination. If they can think beyond, if they can let their mind wander, that’s what I would love.”
“Forever Evergreen” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Books a Million in Hardcover for $19.98 and as an e-Book for $9.99.
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