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Children’s author signing books at Briggs

Roach uses fairy tale setting to spread message

A little incident with her daughter in the grocery store lead Vicki Roach to write her latest children’s book called “Fairies Love Oreos!”

“It was a true story, I just turned it into a fairy tale,” said Roach, the owner of Tea Party Treats & Sweets cottage and Cowboy Cabin.

She and her kids were at the store and had just $6 to buy supper for that night.

Unbeknownst to her, Breana had gotten into a package of Oreos and had eaten a bunch of the cookies.

“I was crying and upset,” Roach recalled. “But a lady at the counter paid for them and took care of all my groceries. And it just touched my heart.”

All the books that Roach writes have a Christian theme.

“And the end of the book, there is a moral to the story, which is God will always take care of you and there are angels all around us,” Roach said.

She added that she always read to her children and that Breanna grew up to be a children’s librarian in Huntington, West Virginia.

“She has a daughter of her own, and bless her heart, she will have to go through the same thing I did,” Roach said.

Roach and her book illustrator, Ricardo Ramirez Gallo, will be signing copies of “Fairies Love Oreos!” from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Briggs Library in Ironton.

She will be publishing more books, based on her other children.

“They are all based on true stories that happened in their lives,” Roach said. “I just turned them into fairy tales for children and put in a little bit of God in there.”

Roach self-publishes her books, which she said gives her more freedom to do what she wants.

“I’ve had companies that were interested in publishing them for me, but they either wanted to take out the Scripture out to make it universal,” she said. “But I stood with what I believe in and I think I will be ok.”

And she has the freedom to choose her illustrator, Gallo, who lives in Lawrence County.

“He does an amazing job,” she said.

She said having Treats & Sweets cottage and Cowboy Cabin and writing children’s books are a natural thing for her as well as being a blessing.

“I’ve always liked fairy tales and bringing happiness to kids,” Roach said. “I want to get the word out to kids that God isn’t how often you go to church or what you do, it is the love you share. In every book, I want them to know that God loves them.”