Calhoun resident Gray "LG" Bridges was inspired to write her debut novel, "The Keepers," by her grandchildren.

"I originally wanted to write a book for my children," explained Bridges, noting she never got around to it. "So this one is for my grandchildren, something for them to read and enjoy."

Geared toward middle school readers, "The Keepers," is described as a modern day fairy tale, a fantasy and mythical novel along the lines of the Harry Potter books.

"The Keepers is the first book in a trilogy," said Bridges. "It's about a girl, Shaylee, and her dog, Maddy, who find a portal into a magical, mythical and dangerous universe. What she finds could save or destroy her own world forever. There's a lot of neat creatures in that universe, including a talking fish that has all the answers."

Bridges describes the book as having plenty of action to attract boys and a strong female protagonist that girls will enjoy. Bridges said that grown-ups will enjoy this book, too, as well as younger children who love read-aloud chapter books.

The book, which was self-published through Create Space Publishing, is illustrated by Bridges. She raised funds for the novel by selling advertising to local merchants; their ads are in the back of the book. Several Calhoun localities are mentioned throughout the book, which includes a glossary listing of the places, people and other terminology featured.

On Sunday, March 11, Bridges will hold a book release party at the Harris Arts Center's 2nd floor Community Room from 3 5 p.m. Bridges will speak at the event, and participate in a Q&A session. Books will be available for sale that day and refreshments will be served. Bridges encourages anyone attending to come in mythical costume.

There will also be a group author event and book signing at the Calhoun-Gordon County Library beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, where several local authors will be featured, including Bridges, reading from their books and answering questions.

The book is now available now through Amazon and Kindle, or you can purchase it on Bridges website,