Susan Pauley Wingerd can hardly contain her pride as she flips through the pages of her new book, "Be Careful What You Wish!"
"I wanted to write a story that would help children appreciate their families and how much they have in their lives," said Wingerd, 41, of Jordan Road in the Fairplay area. "I began writing and it all came to me within a week. Little did I know it would take two years to finish perfecting it, publishing it myself and having it printed. Still, I'd do it all over again."
Not only is Wingerd the author, but she also painted the illustrations herself. Eleven years ago she was using her artistic skills painting artwork on the windows of Hagerstown businesses at Christmastime. Now she's glad to be able to put her talents to use in this book.