A Dream Come True
By: Eugenia Jones
Tonya Coffey has always been a storyteller with a vivid imagination.
“When I was little, I always came up with stories,” she recalls. “I told stories about my dogs or the animals on the farm. I drew illustrations of the animals, and it was just like having my own special television.” Later in life, Tonya used those same artistic talents to paint the building murals in downtown Whitley City.
Coffey laughs when she says she only received good grades in school with her essays.
“I excelled at that,” she grins.
Tonya credits her mother for sharing information with her about The Institute of Children’s Literature. Coffey signed up to take the Institute’s classes and suddenly her hobby of writing began to take a precedent in her life.
Today the thirty-six year old, McCreary County mother of two teen-age boys, is proud that one of her stories was published last August by Saguaro books, a publishing company of quality middle school and young adult age literature written by first time authors.
With the currently published book, “Harvest Moon,” as the first in Tonya’s planned New World series, Saguaro has also already contracted with her for publishing rights of the entire series if “Harvest Moon” proves successful. Her planned sequels include “Snow Moon” and “Pink Moon.”
Tonya got the idea for her first book from a dream. She dreamed of a girl in a forest who found a yellow lady slipper flower that was a portal taking the young girl into a land of faeries. Tonya wrote the idea down on paper and eventually began developing the idea into a book.
The dream, along with Tonya and her family’s love of the outdoors, eventually led to “Harvest Moon.”
“My boys hunt, and we spend a lot of time in the forest,” Tonya shares. “We love the forest and that’s why I chose the Daniel Boone National Forest as the backdrop for the story.”
In “Harvest Moon,” seventeen year old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and finds peace in the forest. However, things begin to happen in Jessa’s life when her father buys her a certain book. With Jessa’s dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. The Faeries look and act like people Jessa grew up with, but Jessa soon discovers she is the one who has changed. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
Tonya hopes to get a certain message across to young people who read her book.
“I hope readers see that it is OK to have an imagination,” Coffey says. “You should always shoot for the stars-that’s what Jessa does in the book. She trusts and believes in herself and her feelings.”
“Harvest Moon” is classified as fantasy and written for middle school age readers. It is available at the McCreary County Public Library for check out and is also available for purchase at Barnes and Noble and online at Amazon. It is also available at the Saguaro publisher’s site.