ELIZABETHTOWN — Local author Jane Pait has been hard at work on her new children’s book, “The Red-Headed Angel and the Empty Tomb,” and is now in the editing stages.
Pait said she hopes to have the book ready for distribution by Easter.
She explained the publishers have gone through the book, making their edits and suggestions, and now she is in the process of reviewing their remarks. Pait said she is lucky enough to have a publisher that will allow her to reject edits if she chooses to do so.
“It has gone through the editing process and I get to look at it and decide if I want to use their edits,” said Pait.
For example, Pait said they were recommending not to capitalize the names of God and Jesus. Pait said she wanted them capitalized and argued against making the names lower case.
“I do it (capitalize the names) because I want to emphasize God and Jesus,”said Pait.
She said the inspiration for the book came out of a shopping trip and conversation with her friend Mary Dowless, who is a media specialist at Elizabethtown Baptist Christian Academy. Pait said she and Dowless were at a bookstore and Dowless made the suggestion of writing about the crucifixion, but doing it in a way that young children could listen to it.
“Of course, the love of Jesus is the greatest inspiration any author could have and it certainly inspired this book. However, my friend Mary Dowless encouraged me to write the true story of Easter so that children could understand. We both agreed that the crucifixion scene was too harsh for small children who may have the book read to them,” said Pait.
She said she thought of a character from an earlier children’s book she wrote — a red-haired angel named BK. It was a natural fit. Pait points out the crucifixion is the heart of the Easter story and so she chose to tell the crucifixion story through the eyes of BK.
“BK has been following Jesus as he ministers to the people on Earth. The story begins on Palm Sunday and ends with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Heaven after His Resurrection,” said Pait.
This will be Pait’s second chidlren’s book. Her first was “The Red-Headed Angel.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in reading education and has been an English, writing and reading instructor for more than 40 years.
She will be signing copies of her book at the Christian Writers Book Fair on Nov. 8 at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton; the Gospel Music and Christian Book Store in Laurinburg on Sept. 13; and at the Liberty University Book Store on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on Oct. 4.