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Local children's book author signing 'The Terrible Dreads' this weekend

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[AUG. 26, 2005]  Lincoln's newest published author, Nancy Gooding, will have a book signing this Saturday during the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival. She will be hosted by Helen Rainforth at Abe's Carmelcorn Shoppe, 117 N. Kickapoo St. in downtown Lincoln, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gooding will personalize copies of her first children's book, "The Terrible Dreads."

Gooding moved from Indiana in 1986 to join the Lincoln community as manager of the local Sycamore store. She has been an active part of the community since that time.

Despite the fact that she comes from a family of writers, she has just begun to enjoy writing herself in the last 15 years. She is dedicating her first published book to her deceased son, Michael, who was also interested in writing and illustrating children's books with a moral.

She says that although she wrote the initial story in just over 30 minutes, the colorful, bright, happy illustrations supporting the story took her over four months to complete.

Ryan Seggelke, a local graphic artist, formerly of Key Printing in Lincoln, designed the attractive bright purple-and-yellow hardback cover from one of Gooding's illustrations in the book. He was also the exclusive graphics consultant on the book.

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Gooding's great hope for the book is that it will graphically illustrate to children that the things they "DREAD" need not immobilize them. With God's help, they can choose to defeat "the terrible dreads."

A set of "color me" pages has been included at the end of the book to personalize it for each child. There is even a section where the child can write down his or her own dreads -- the types of things they personally fear.

Gooding plans a series of children's books about life difficulties that kids face, with the main character being Flo, the "star" of the new book.

Copies of "The Terrible Dreads" will be available to purchase the day of the signing and will be available thereafter at Abe's Carmelcorn Shoppe.

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