Ellabell author of children's book working on her second
The book is doing well. "I wrote the book 28 years ago, when my daughters were young. I updated it to include my granddaughter, Ashley, who is the main character," Reddick said.
"I love to write. I have been journaling for about 35 years. It is a way of releasing tension and stress," she said. "I remember writing a Christmas play for the children at church. I wrote poetry for the local paper, as well as articles and poetry upon request. I've always admired writers, but the thought of becoming one seemed far-fetched."
The book is an 8 1/2-inch by 8 1/2-inch glossy with 15 color pictures. "The pages are different colors. I consider it a blessing to be able to transform thoughts onto paper and have an illustrator bring it to life," Reddrick said.
Writing consumes her, Reddick said. She loves to write and listen to music. Her advice to aspiring writers is not to become discouraged. "You may run into stumbling blocks, but never quit. There is always someone willing to help you."
Reddick challenges those who desire to write to "just start writing."
"Anything that comes to mind, start writing," she said. "If you have a desire, you can bring it to life. You can go forward. It may not make sense, but put it down. Journaling helped me a lot; it helped me to express myself."
Reddick has started working on her second book. "Once that is out, I plan to write other books. I want to reach out to comfort, encourage and uplift. God has blessed me in this area as well. This is a ministry, a calling in which I must acknowledge. I will also continue to write for children," she said.
In November, she will be participating in the Children's Book Festival at Forsyth Park. She has donated books to the Lanier Elementary School library in Bryan County and the Richmond Hill Elementary School library. Reddick plans to go to several schools to do book readings. "I want children who cannot purchase the book to have access to it," said Reddick.
Reddick is a native of Savannah and lives in Ellabell. She and her husband, Ed, have been married for 43 years. She is a member of the Faulkville Baptist Church in Bloomingdale. They have two girls, Sandra and Tammy. Reddick is also a member of the International Society of Poets.
Her Web site, grace4books.com, offers tools and suggestions to other writers. The book can be purchased at her Web site, or from amazon.com, borders.com and