Mary Grace Boyd wanted to write a book children would want to read multiple times and their parents would not mind doing the same.
The 18-year-old Columbus girl hopes she accomplished that with "The Book People."
The story about overcoming challenges focuses on a girl who has Type 1 diabetes.
The message to readers is that when their personal story is not going the way they expected, they have to work with it the best way they can.
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"She realizes having diabetes doesn't have to slow her down," Boyd said.
Boyd wrote and illustrated the book for her senior project at St. Anne-Pacelli and all the money from book sales go to JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
She was inspired to make diabetes a focus of the book because of a younger cousin who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes five years ago.
"It is tough to live with," she said. "I wanted to show him that I and so many others are there for him and will support him throughout his life."
She did research on the disease before writing.
The American Diabetes Association says Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.
In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin, which is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. Insulin injections are needed and what is eaten must be carefully monitored. Poor blood sugar management can lead to heart, eyes and kidneys problems.
Boyd, who will study theater and art at LaGrange College in the fall, said her senior project had to be service based.
For example, some seniors tutored children.
"I decided to write a book," she said.
Her teacher told her she did not have to have it published by the end of the school year, but she did.
Boyd created a fund on Kickstarter and raised the $4,000 needed to get the book published.
"I have always had a love for art," she said. "I draw pictures and paint. The writing was the hard part. I did multiple outlines. It's funny. I had the characters in mind, but after writing, I realized I had not given much thought to what they would look like. I really had to use my imagination."
Using one's imagination is something she hopes the book will inspire children to do.
She also wants it to spark a love for reading.
In Boyd's book, the girl finds books boring until a thumb-sized girl magically transports her into one where she meets a talking giraffe, a princess, a dragon and ghosts.
During her fantastic adventure, she learns lessons from all of them, one of which, is to celebrate life's special moments.
The hardback book sells for $25. On June 7, there will be an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 2024 Country Club Road for those interested in purchasing a copy. To find out more, people may email email@example.com.
Asked if she made an "A" on the project, she smiled and said she did.