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Delores Walker speaks with the Mayo Woman’s Club about the book writing process.

MAYO — To Delores Walker, every book is a new canvas: waiting to be imagined, created and viewed.

Walker, a local author, was one of two guests at the Mayo Woman’s Club’s first meeting of the new year, Jan. 14. New York author Gail Black also visited the meeting.

Walker typically writes what she describes as “Christian Fiction Romance.” She has also written novels that include stories that her father had told her throughout her life.

She also stated that she always encourages people to write, because she knew that if she had not been encouraged, she never would have written a book in the first place.

Walker told the Woman’s Club that several of her books came to her in dreams.

Her first book was called, “Legend of Promise,” which she said she never thought that it would have been a book, but it soon turned into a written trilogy. The quilt featured on the cover of her book was also special; as her husband’s great-great-grandmother, who lived in Lafayette County, quilted it.

She described the wonderful feelings that overwhelmed her as she held “her” book in her hands for the first time.

Walker also stated that the book club that she and roughly 10-20 other residents of Lafayette County attend, called Writers Ink, has been a huge encouragement and source of feedback and response in regards to book writing. In fact, many of them write their own books. Lafayette County has roughly 25 published authors.

Walker said those who are in Writers Ink, do not have the word “critical” in their vocabulary, but there is plenty of encouragement and suggestions that go on. Walker invited everyone, that if they ever wanted to write a book, that they were more than welcome to attend their Writers Ink club, and receive encouragement on the blank canvas that they wished to become a book.

After hearing from Walker, the Woman’s Club discussed ways to help conserve in the community, by coming up with different ideas to conserve to help save our planet.

The Woman’s Club is also researching into what all goes into hosting a “Night to Shine,” which is a prom night for young adults with disabilities; a foundation that was spearheaded by Tim Tebow.

The Woman’s Club is also gathering supplies for School Teachers of Lafayette County, as well as non-sugary prepackaged snacks for teachers and their students.

Also discussed were ways to help Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs restore its bell tower.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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