Local inspirational writer and speaker release first book
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 10:33 am
Local writer and speaker Tandy Balson didn’t intend to share her work publicly when she began writing a collection of short, inspirational stories.
“I felt like I needed to write them down but I didn’t want to share them with anybody because they were too personal,” Balson said.
She said eventually she started to let people read her work and they encouraged her to start a blog, which she did with timewithtandy.com.
Balson said the more people read her blog, the more encouragement she received to share her work in a book.
The result is a series of short stories designed to be quick reads that inspire, encourage and give food for thought.
The stories surround small things that can occur in everyday life that Balson has found inspiration in and are categorized into different sections such as: Inspirations for Nature, Around the House, While Out and About, While on the Road, This and That, and From the Sea Shore.
“They’re about something people can find and relate to,” she said of the short stories.
One story is about rest areas along the highway, which Balson said encourage us to take time out of our busy life and rest.
Another is about taking a raft down a river and getting it stuck on the rocks. Balson said in that instance the only way to get going once again was to rock the boat until it was freed from the rock, something she said we all may need to do once and awhile.
Two of the stories included in the book are based on the six years Balson spent as an In School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Airdrie (BBBS). The volunteer role also encouraged Balson to give $2 from every book sold to BBBS.
“I still want to support the program,” said Balson, who ended her mentorship role with the organization in June 2013, due to time commitments elsewhere.
“I hope (readers) will be inspired to look at things in a different way that will help them lead a more positive life,” she said.
She added, though the book is faith-based and includes a scripture verse after every story, it is for everyone.
“Even if (readers) don’t have a religious viewpoint, they can still take something away from the stories,” Balson said.
The book can be purchased in Airdrie at Where Memories are Made. It can also be purchased online at amazon.ca and through Balson’s website tandyb.com, and is available in both hard copy and ebook.
“I didn’t do it to make money because I don’t know if I will. I did it because I needed to,” the author said.
Balson continues to blog and is collecting stories for a second book. She will be doing a book reading and signing books on March 24 at 7 p.m. that will be hosted by a local business, Over at Marilyn’s, at 126A Main Street NE. To read Balson’s blog, visit www.timewithtandy.com