The book was recently released and is available on Amazon and at bookstore.crossbooks.com.
“I’ve always had an interest in writing,” Baker said, “so I just decided I would put some of my thoughts down in writing.”
Baker, who’s worked in different capacities with the Walker County Board of Education for the past 33 years, said her book has received glowing reviews.
“It will not be my last book,” she said. “I think writing is very therapeutic.”
Baker said life experiences helped her write the book.
“I’ve had a lot of disappointments in life,” she said, “and I guess that’s really the reason why I put this together.”
While the book includes many of Baker’s personal experiences, it’s not entirely considered her life story.
“It’s not all fiction, but it’s not all truths either,” she said. “There’s a story behind every collection of writings. There’s things in the book that will kind of pull at your heart. There’s also some funny stories in it, too.”
Perhaps the most heart-wrenching part is when Baker discusses divorce, and the effect it has on one’s life.
“One part of the book is called ‘What do I do with this stinking stuff?’, and that’s exactly how you feel when you go through a divorce,” Baker said. “I talk about photos of you with your former spouse and other items, and what do you do with them? There’s a lot of depth in the book, and a lot of things that will bring tears to your eyes. I think a lot of people will relate to the book. I think when some people read it, they will read it as their story.”
Baker said she spent a year writing the book.
“It took me exactly a year to write it,” she said, “and another seven months to publish it. It’s a long process.”
Despite the length of time it took to write it, Baker said she’s pleased with the outcome. “I was very pleased with it,” she said, “and people who have read it said they couldn’t put it down. That’s pleasing to me to hear that.”
The book, she said, deals with issues that affect everyone. “It deals with issues and perplexities in life that all people face,” Baker said. “Anybody can relate to it, whether it’s job disappointments or relationships that have failed.”
Baker has a website — www.johnnabaker.com — and encourages everyone interested in her writings to visit. She has a blog on the site, as well as links to order her book.