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Local teacher pens new children's book
LIVINGSTON -- Pam Lawrence, a seventh-grade writing teacher at Livingston Junior High, has given her students a front-row view of book publishing by sharing her new book of "Rachel, the Ladybug." She received the first hard copy version at the beginning of the month. "I wrote the book 16 years ago, but made changes earlier this year," Lawrence said. "My students have been able to watch the publishing process. My hopes are to inspire young authors. "I tried to get it published (before), but companies were not interested at the time. So, recently I had a calling to try again. I made some minor changes and submitted it to Christian Faith Publishing, and they were very interested. I had drawn the ladybugs for the book to be guidelines for the basic illustrations. Of course, we made some changes through the process." The book is about Rachel, a lost ladybug, who hatches near Lake Livingston and is ignored by the others in a rose garden. She is confused, so God speaks to her. He tells Rachel what her mission is in life. She was born on Easter Sunday with the heart of Jesus on her back. The book was inspired by Lawrence's youngest daughter. Her nickname is Ladybug, and Lawrence has always loved the Easter story. She says that God gave the inspiration. The book is already available on Amazon and will be available in digital format in another month. She will soon have her first book signing at Barnes and Noble in The Woodlands. The book will also be carried by Books a Million, Spring Arbor and Russell Books. Lawrence grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and spent her grade school years in Catholic schools. She earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Centenary College of Louisiana and earned a master degree in school guidance and counseling from Louisiana Tech. She has 24 years in education and 10 of those have been in counseling. "I tell my classes language arts is like drawing pictures with your words. The words, if descriptive enough, will actually paint the picture for the reader's eyes." Pam and her husband, Scott, have been married for five years and she feels strongly that her book would not have happened without his support during this whole process. Scott has a 36-year-old daughter who lives in the Houston area. Pam has three daughters, her youngest, Rachel is attending LSU in Shreveport and majoring in secondary education. She plans to teach high school English. Pam's mother, 90-year-old Mary Parisy, was also a teacher and serves as an inspiration. "She is the wind beneath my wings," Lawrence said. Lawrence has already started another book called "The Livanians." It is about little green creatures that live under the Live Oak trees.