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Cherokee Village minister publishes book

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kay Wiggins enjoys the outside; she said it makes her feel at peace. Wiggins kicks back in the hammock in her back yard often to read and relax. Photo/Amanda Powers
It all started with a dream. Kay Wiggins awoke in the middle of the night and just started writing.

Wiggins who is an ordained minister, lives in Cherokee Village. She has always been an avid reader and loves words. Wiggins said she woke up, the night before her husbands birthday, to a dream that intrigued her. "In my dream I saw my hand write the green plaid jacket. I got out of bed, went to the computer and just started writing." Wiggins said. "The story was just there every time I sat down to write."

Wiggins said words have always come easily for her. She has always been able to write sermons and letters with ease. In practicing Reikei, an ancient Japanese study that is said to read the life energy in a person, Wiggins was told she had a lot of energy in the back of her head. Wiggins said that is where words come from.

Wiggins started her book in June 2006. "It took me about 10 weeks to complete the story," Wiggins said. Then Wiggins hit her first obstacle in the publishing industry, she didn't know where to go with her story.

Wiggins said she had purchased some informational books to learn how to get her story out there, but they weren't much help. "The statistics are very poor to get a literary agent to support you in a literary agency," Wiggins said.

"If you don't know the publishing industry very well, which I absolutely do not, it can be very daunting," Wiggins said. "The manuscript sat on my desk for about a year and a half."

In January Wiggins started sessions with a life coach. "I had never even heard of a life coach, " Wiggins said. "It was one of those serendipitous meetings you know was meant to happen." Wiggins would talk with her life coach, Darlene, a couple of times a month, each time receiving an assignment.

"I think I was ready for that, (a life coach) because I felt there was just something more. I've done a lot of things in my life, so I just didn't really know what my passion was," Wiggins said. "In one of our sessions one of the things Darlene asked me was, if I was passionate about writing, why was my manuscript still on my desk."

"The short answer I had for her was, I just don't know what to do with it," Wiggins said. "So my assignment after that session was to send my manuscript to at least five people."

Wiggins said after that session she was a little nervous to start sending her manuscript out but she knew a couple of people who might be able to assist her with it. Wiggins sent her story to a relative who was a retired journalism major from Texas Tech to have some editing done.

While on a monastery retreat she also met a man, who in their conversation, said his wife and daughter had co-authored a book and his wife did some editing work. "I sent my manuscript to her for some feedback," Wiggins said. "I had a friend who we exchanged manuscripts, she was writing a story set in Arkansas and mine was set in Wisconsin which is where she was."

Wiggins said she had also sent her story to some publishing companies and received some positive feedback. One of the companies who contacted her would have required a heavy investment up front and a large sum to edit the book. The company Wiggins ended up signing with was Publish America.

"One of the things that concerned me with Publish America was they printed it verbatim, which it says in the front of the book, no editing, which is pretty scary for a new author," Wiggins said. "But I just wanted to see my book published, so, I signed a contract with Publish America."

"I was very happy with the whole process," Wiggins said. "They designed the cover for my book, which I have had a lot of compliments on." Wiggins said there are a few things she would have changed but she feels even with the best publishing companies and big book editors there are mistakes.

Wiggins had her first book signing at Words, a book store in Hardy, that currently has the book for sale. The Green Plaid Jacket can also be purchased on line at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

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Kay is a wonderful writer. I have read The Green Plaid Jacket. It has a good story and keeps a reader wanting to find out more.

Thank you Kay for writing this book. It's warm, it's witty, it's wonderful!

-- Posted by dfw on Mon, Oct 20, 2008, at 12:36 PM

What an exciting adventure for Kay!! The book was a wonderful story that makes one feel good. We need more of these types of books with all the anger and anxiety in our world. May God bless you. Thank you, Kay, for writing this wonderful story.

Your friend,

Bucky Thomas

-- Posted by buckypolk on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 4:30 PM

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