LAPLACE – When local author January Scott puts pen to paper, her words always come in handy. Her three recently released children’s books contain messages of light, hope and encouragement that can resonate with readers of all ages.
Scott’s journey as an author began at Voice of Truth Fellowship at LaPlace as his pastor and spiritual mother Laurie Adams encouraged him to use writing as a form of personal therapy. The more she wrote, the more she noticed that God was beginning to heal her wounds.
With God’s help, Scott’s poems and sketches for ministry eventually turned into children’s books.
“With writing, you’re able to express yourself on paper when you’re not able to express yourself verbally,” Scott said. “At that time, I was in a very dark place in my life, and I was going through so much that I wasn’t able to verbalize what I was feeling. Sometimes writing can be an intimate moment with you and God.
Scott’s books are dedicated to his three children, Kierreona, Karon Jr. and Kieron Wilkens.
His first book, “The Fruit Tree” was released in August 2021. It tells the story of a little boy who accidentally falls to the ground and discovers a seed. Eager to see it grow, he plants it in the garden with the help of his brothers and sisters, but he quickly learns that he will need patience to see the fruits of his actions.
“The seed did not sprout overnight. He took a long time to grow. The book is truly spiritual. It is full of faith and full of God. You can really see yourself there when you have to wait on God,” Scott said.
Her second and third children’s books, “The Dancing Tutu” and “Lyndell’s Big Surprise,” were released in March 2022.
“The Dancing Tutu” introduces readers to a little girl who is afraid to take the stage alone for a big dance performance. While he was comfortable playing with a band, she is now faced with her first solo, and she asks God to send her a help that only she can see. When she is the only one who can see a model come alive to dance alongside her, she knows that God has granted her the miracle.
Meanwhile, “Lyndell’s Big Surprise” is a story of family, heritage and love that spans generations. As Lyndell’s birthday approaches, her father finds an old music box her father had given her. Taking the box to the music store, Lyndell’s dad finds a way to make the gift even more special while sharing the importance of family traditions with his son.
Scott, a paraprofessional in the St. John the Baptist Parish public school system, recently read her books to children at Fifth Ward and West St. John Elementary in honor of Read Across America.
She also read one of her books at Fifth Ward’s Literacy Night and did a television interview on The Positive You Talk Show with Debbie Sanders Craighead.
Scott received great feedback from colleagues and schoolchildren who were delighted to learn that she had written the stories.
Scott is preparing to publish two more children’s books, a collection of poems and a book about his life.
Stay tuned for upcoming signing opportunities.
Scott’s books are now available on Amazon. Those interested in obtaining copies or coordinating a class reading can also call 985-210-1231 or email January_scott@yahoo.com.
Readers can also interact with January Scott on Facebook or through her Instagram page, beautifulqueen3.