She made up a story years ago for her children, and last week, she held a published copy of it in her hands. Warren County resident Marcia Harden read her new book to residents of the Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center where she works.
"That was so good," said resident Marjorie Allen. "You did such a good job. I liked it."
I'm Hungry Said the Donkey is a Christmas story that Mrs. Harden wrote for her children, Marcus and Anna in 1992. "I dedicate this book to them," she wrote on the title page. "As the gift of God's Son and His love, they and their love are the best of gifts."
Mrs. Harden is in the process of self-publishing the book through Amazon's Book Surge. The copy she was reading last week was the proof copy.
"I don't even know who illustrated it," she explained. "They just did it and sent the proof copy to me."
Although she's written several stories for children, I'm Hungry Said the Donkey is the first one she's tried to publish. Mrs. Harden said she hopes it will make nice Christmas gifts for children next year. It will be available through Amazon.com.
Mrs. Harden works as a nursing assistant at the rehabilitation center and is the bookkeeper for her husband's radio show, Greg Harden's Old Time Radio Hour, which airs weekly on WTHO.