All you need to know about Mrs. Warren’s book

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Madi Womack, Staff Writer

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Courtney Warren is the High School Spanish 1 and 2 teacher here at Washington School, who is writing a children’s book.

Warren has been writing since she was a kid. Her main inspiration that made her want to write is her mom. Her mom used to start a sentence, and she would have to end it. Her first writing was poetry, which she said was very bad.

The book is about a little girl who meets Emmett Till’s ghost right after he dies. She started the book when she was in her second year of grad school. The story started by Warren writing a short story for her Magical Realism Class at Hollins University. The assignment was to have  a main character who was dead. That summer she found out her voice was regional (southern) so she had to write like that. 

To graduate, she had to have a thesis, which, at first, was about aliens. She kept having this feeling that she needed to ditch the aliens and write about Emmett Till, which she did not want to do. She knows now that the feeling was God. 

Warren has a firm belief that everyone can write.

“I think that you can learn to be writer, but I do think that sometimes God will give you a story,” said Warren.

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