Jeanie R. Davis published her second book just in time for Christmas. I Don’t Know Why I Did It is a children’s picture book about a big sister who takes over her little brother’s chores, including cleaning the stable on Christmas Eve, which happens to be the very stable where the Christ Child was born.
Jeanie, a ward preparedness specialist in the Gilbert Arizona Stake, says, “I was asked to write a poem/story about ‘The Straw’ for our Relief Society Christmas program.”
She says, “A friend told me what I wrote would make a great children’s book, so I found a good illustrator and moved forward with it.”
The illustrator she approached, Brittany Nguyen, “was one of my Young Women when I was the Young Women’s president in our ward,” Jeanie says.
Brittany, now a young wife and mother, says she was born an illustrator and has always loved to draw. “When Jeanie and I first sat down to discuss her story, she asked me to pray for inspiration so that the illustrations could work in harmony with the words to touch the hearts of readers with its sweet message,” Brittany says.
“When I picture that time, I see a whole lot of dusty tans and browns. Brown houses, brown floors, brown animals. Not much fun for an illustrator, right? Jeanie and I considered ways to infuse the pages with some life and pops of color. We wanted their garments to be as bright as possible to differentiate them from the comparatively bland surroundings. We worked together on the final color scheme,” Brittany says.
Jeanie says the pictures of Jacob warm her heart the most because, “My grandson, Dylan Ethington, modeled for them.”
She adds, “My first book, As Ever Yours, is very close to my heart. It’s a tender love story that takes place in the early 1900s and is based on the true story about my grandparents. I fictionalized it to create a novel that would be fun for anyone to read. It was an incredible experience to write, as I felt their spirits nudging me through the veil.”
“Time is always a challenge with writing,” Jeanie says, “but, honestly, having battled with multiple sclerosis for the past 31 years, it is something I can do that gives me purpose. I love to write.”
Jeanie is working on another novel. “I love to read clean romance novels and hope to publish my own in the coming year,” she says.
She adds that she feels she has been blessed in learning the rules of writing through American Night Writers (ANWA), the only worldwide LDS women’s writers organization. “I feel very fortunate to have found ANWA, and so many people who have navigated me through the writing/publishing process. I know it’s all part of the ‘when one door closes…’ blessing. I am still learning so much, and have far to go, but thankfully, I have the best people to learn from! I’m so grateful to them and my Heavenly Father.”
I Don’t Know Why I Did It, is published through Inglestone Publishing and is available on www.inglestonepublishing.com and www.amazon.com. Or, to purchase books or contact Jeanie, visit JeanieRDavis.com.