When Kellie Taylor Hall became a high school media specialist/librarian, she never dreamed that one day there would be a book on the shelf of the Ringgold High School Media Center that would be written by her. For the eleven years that she was teaching her English students to write essays and research papers, at the same high school, she never considered writing a novel. After listening to reluctant readers admit that they had never read a book, she decided that she would try her hand at writing a book that would appeal to those students that had yet to develop a love for reading.
Acquiring books for the media center and being familiar with her patrons, led her to choose the genre of student choice at her school, fantasy. Hence, the plot for "Just Being Me" was born. The book was written keeping an audience between the ages of thirteen and very mature in mind. Although the characters have graduated college and just started their adult careers and lives, the themes that proliferate the storyline are centered around issues young adults face in life.
Kellie Taylor Hall has penned a novel, "Just Being Me." She will be participating in a book signing at the Catoosa County Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 108 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold. Please join her efforts in promoting literacy by visiting the library.
The heroine, Caya Braswell, has found her life turned upside down, not for the first time in her life. She has managed to move on with life and start a teaching career after she was orphaned at a very young age when her parents were killed in an automobile accident. She has just established herself in the world when she becomes something she never expected. She meets a handsome young man who helps her traverse this new world in which she has been cast, all the while trying not to lose the essence of herself to that same world.
Kellie Taylor Hall is a graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. She received her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education/English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Deciding to make a change within her career, she pursued her master’s degree in School Library Media from the University of West Georgia. She has been an educator at Ringgold High School for twenty-five years. She has taught ninth and eleventh grade English for eleven years and has served in the capacity of a high school media specialist for fourteen years. She loves to read and has chosen to try her hand at writing. She resides in north Georgia with her husband and daughter. She wishes to encourage people of all ages to find a book of interest and read.