Tysa J. Coleman’s first book, “The Thoughts and Prayers of a Single Mother,” resulted from her experiences in helping children, as well as being a single mother.
Coleman, of Hannibal, has one son and is involved in raising her five nieces and nephews. She said her book is for “single mothers and anyone who feels like there have been setbacks in previous generations of their family, to help them overcome those obstacles.
“It has a lot of Scripture and but is basically my experiences,” she continued, “what I learned from my trials and errors, and what I learned from previous generations, what my strengths were. ... You get past weaknesses. And the important thing is to recognize those things and try to change those things.”
Her book is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available at bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or at barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
In October, Coleman will have copies of her book for sale at her book signing. It will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Hannibal Free Public Library, where she is scheduled for a book talk and book signing.
Coleman, a Hannibal High School graduate, has been determined to write a book since she was very young. “It was always my goal, beginning in sixth grade,” she said. “I knew I wanted to write a book.”
Her first writing contest also was in sixth grade. “I was involved in a publishing contest, where the best book would be published,” she reported.
“I didn’t win, but at that point I knew I wanted to be a writer and said ‘I am definitely going to write a book at some point in my life to be published.’”
Coleman, who attends Embassy Christian Center in Hannibal, explained, “I am a Christian. I was born again right before my 22nd birthday. That is the environment I grew up in and want my kids to be raised in.”
Her career also focuses on children. Coleman has worked with abused children at the Child Advocacy Center in Hannibal since it opened nine years ago. “We interview children who have alleged physical abuse or sexual abuse, or have witnessed abuse, or come from drug-endangered homes.”
The book publisher reported that the insight Coleman has gained during her career peaked her interest in the spiritual cycles that families follow and how to seek God to break negative strongholds.
In her book, Coleman thanked several friends for their help, including “my former coworker, Dolly Lewis; my friend, Eric Jones, a deputy for Marion County Sheriff’s Department; and a friend, Aaron Petefish.
Page 2 of 2 - The book is dedicated to her family, especially her sister, Tamara McDonald of Hannibal, whom Coleman described as “my biggest cheerleader.”
This is just her first book, Coleman reported. “I have a book in the process but I am still working and learning.”
Coleman is very busy, between her career, raising her son and helping with her family, and also writing, but she does not mind, explaining, “sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going, but as long as I am moving forward, that’s what is important.”