Russell will have copies of her children’s book Hand Sewn Heart available at the signing from 10 a.m. to noon at the Liberty Township coffee shop, 7041 Yankee Road.
“This is about a parent or adult having a feeling in their heart, a void, and how it could only be filled by a child,’’ the Liberty Township mom said. “This book is narrowing in on the specific feeling or fulfillment.”
It was written for children young enough to crawl into a parent’s lap for a story, to grade school – or older. It was an idea sparked by her own experience in having an adopted daughter.
“I can read this to my daughter (10) who was adopted and to my son (16) who grew in my belly and there would be no difference,’’ Russell said.
“It lends itself in adoptive situations but doesn’t need to be. It matters that somebody had a hole in their heart and somebody filled it and both were complete.”
Before writing the story, she checked first with her 10-year-old daughter to makes sure she was all right with the story.
“She’s known from the beginning she was adopted,’’ Russell said. “She not only is comfortable with it, but cuts me off when I’m talking about the book and tells the story from her perspective.”
Russell also did the illustrations for the book, mostly abstract pictures, based on an ancient Chinese proverb about a red thread that connects people.
“I think it goes to people in general,” Russell said. “We’re all connected in one way or another.”
For those who can’t make the book signing, copies can be purchased at Amazon.com and will soon be available at retail stores.