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Keedysville author inspired to follow dream

April 04, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Prior to the 2003 publication of her first book, "May's Rainbow," the only writing Mary Ellen Roelkey, 49, did was to keep a journal and write articles for her church newsletter. She and her husband raised three children, and she does the bookkeeping for his construction company.

She always loved to read, and after the death of her son at the age of 20, she was inspired to pursue her dream of writing a book.

The Keedysville resident learned of an opportunity provided by Frederick, Md.-based PublishAmerica Inc., a "print-on-demand" publisher that, according to its Web site at www.publishamerica.com, "serves more than four thousand authors," many of whom are first time authors.

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Roelkey, who writes under the pen name M E Taylor, describes her book as a work of women's fiction. It tells the story of young May Gaylor - in love, married and pregnant - who becomes the victim of domestic violence. Set in the 1970s in the Maryland towns of Boon and Hager, the story opens in 1971 - the days of bellbottoms, drive-in movies and stacks of 45 rpm records.

The softbound book of 247 pages costs $19.95 and is available at Turn the Page bookstore in Boonsboro and online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and PublishAmerica.

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