"Nicole Magistro worked on her children's book "Read Island" for eight months and over the course of 14 drafts.
Lines were dictated into her cellphone in the cadence of a rhyme. The former Stark County resident thought about the book while hiking, driving and Nordic skiing, the motion helping her work out rhymes.
It's time well spent, she said, based on the reaction of children and parents who have read her picture book.
"When parents tell me that 'Read Island' is the only book their kid requests at night," she said, "I feel like I've won the lottery." Read more of the story in the Canton Repository by entertainment editor Ed Balint.