Students Provide Inspiration for Counselor Turned Author

Students Provide Inspiration for Counselor Turned Author photo

Lysa Mullady, newly published author and guidance counselor at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School, shared her new book and her path to becoming an author with fourth-graders in Kristina Sudano’s class on Feb. 8.

Ms. Mullady’s children’s book “Bye Bye Pesky Fly” was published just last month but she told the class about the long road to becoming a published author. She shared her dreams of being a writer and spoke about her love of books and writing. Ms. Mullady also told the students about the many different stories she wrote and attempted to get published over the years, from which she received many rejection letters.

As the school’s counselor, she often finds inspiration and ideas from her students as was the case for “Bye Bye Pesky Fly,” which teaches readers how to be peaceful inside and not let other people bother them. Ms. Mullady told students about the writing, editing and illustrating processes and encouraged them to write down their ideas if they dream of one day becoming an author.

At the end of the discussion, students asked Ms. Mullady questions about her book and her ideas and learned she is in the process of having a second children’s book published. Before school, Ms. Mullady facilitates a fifth-grade writers club and will be hosting a fourth-grade club for aspiring authors in the spring.