HOLT — Northwest Florida based singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist Casey Kearney along with her 10-year-old daughter, Annabelle, have created a character to inspire girls young and old to let their bright, colorful personalities shine in their first children’s book, "Felicity."


Casey has been playing in the local music scene and touring the country for the past four years. She had the idea for a children’s book long before she pursued the adventure.


The inspiration came from her daughter who loves glitter and all things bright and colorful, according to a press release about the book.


The book was illustrated by Brittney Sanchez, who gave the flamingo her cotton candy-like colorful feathers and brought the story to life.


Felicity is "extra" in every way, but when she decides to tame herself down in order to fit in, she soon finds out what is important.


"I wanted Annabelle to be a part of the process of creating and publishing the book," Casey said. "She was a huge part of the inspiration. I want her to see what it means to set a goal and make steps toward that goal…and we homeschool, so it became an addition to lesson time.


"I want little girls, mamas and grandmas too that have toned themselves down to blend in and have forgotten all those crazy dreams they once had to find that freedom to shine just as we were created to," she added.


School visits, library readings, and other shows were scheduled before the current social distancing orders. Events will be rescheduled.


To order a hardback or paperback copy, visit www.caseykearney.com/felicity. It is also available as a Kindle e-book.


The book includes artwork by Brittney Sanchez. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]