Local author Phyllis Keels visits Salem Preschool

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The excitement could be felt immediately upon walking into the room at Salem Preschool as 50 students from age 2 through 5 spent the morning with local author Phyllis Keels.
Keels shared her story of how she became an author and read to the students from her book, “Emma and the Paper.” Emma is not only a character in the book, but also Keels’ dog. It is based on a true story about Emma. The book was written for Keels’ father, Jesse Holden, who passed away in 2009 and is a cherished memory for all who knew him.
In encouraging students to read and write, Keels discussed how she also illustrated “Emma and the Paper.” Students discussed their ideas for books and what they like to read.
The visit from Keels was one of many events throughout March, which celebrated reading. Salem students were also visited by West Rowan High School athletes, who read with each of the students. They were also visited by Sir Purr of the Charlotte Panthers.
Keels has been writing for more than 20 years and specializes in Christian fantasy.
After the loss of her daughter in an automobile accident in March 2011, Keels began The Gifted Writer blog series. In her daily writings, she tells of how the Lord strengthens and comforts her as she grieves for her daughter. She makes these writings public in the prayer so they will comfort and encourage others who have also suffered loss.
Keels teaches Bible study several times a year at her church. She has recently developed a course called “The Author of the Spirit” for writers to help them recognize and embrace their gift of writing.
Keels and her Labrador retriever, Emma, live in Salisbury. She has published two books and plans to write several more.