Debut Christian children’s book author Elizabeth Kail Arnita was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the youngest of 12 children. Early in life, she learned about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. Elizabeth graduated from college in 1983, with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She married her devoted husband Shadi and together they have been blessed with four fabulous children. Elizabeth’s love for the Lord has opened her eyes to a world in need. This has ignited her compassion for those who are less fortunate. She and her husband founded and continue to manage Welcome The Children; a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty. Elizabeth Kail Arnita has designated all of the proceeds from her book sales to support their cause.
Elizabeth was happy to chat about what inspired her writing. She shared life experiences are the most interesting and inspiring stories, of which she has a few to share from her own personal background, along with those of others she and the team at Welcome The Children have helped. Elizabeth said, “As a budding author, I look at life scenarios and imagine how they can become a story that exemplifies a life lesson.”
A lot of times, inspiration comes to authors while sleeping or in the shower. Elizabeth was fast to admit many of her ideas come in the middle of the night. “I will often wake up and write down ideas with the paper and pen I keep handy next to my bed,” shared Elizabeth. “That starts a ball rolling and then I proceed to the computer where a lot of cutting and pasting goes on.”
Many parents can relate to Elizabeth and her teen daughters past situation. However, unlike the book wherein Baby does end up coming home, Elizabeth told me the true story behind the book:
“He (Baby) belonged to my son, Sam. He was an unusually friendly bird that seemed to enjoy exploring our home from the perch of someone’s shoulder. Often we would take Baby outside, but kept him in the confinement of his cage. My daughter seemed to have transposed her feelings of entrapment onto Baby and decided one day he didn’t need a cage outside. She defiantly placed him on her shoulder and preceded to head outside, thinking the bird loved her too much to fly away. He took off within 30 seconds. Baby was gone, no matter how many hours we spent calling and looking for him. We knew our region was not indigenous to his breed and our area could not offer the type of food or climate he needed. Baby would be easy prey for the hawk that took up residence in our neighborhood. Our hearts were broken. Needless to say, a very hard life lesson was learned that day.”
Not wanting to rub the truth in her daughters face, Elizabeth suppressed the story for several years. Now with a much older and wiser daughter, Elizabeth decided it was time to share this life lesson so others could benefit from their family’s loss. It is her prayer that through the story of a young inexperienced bird, children can see that rules are a form of protection and, if obeyed, allow us a safe place to grow until we are mature enough to survive on our own.
Baby Come Home also offers another lesson for young readers stated Elizabeth. “When the rules are broken and rebellion is chosen, we call out to God; His love for us will bring us home with warm and welcoming arms. By the way,” she adds, “you don’t have to be a rebellious teen. You could be a stubborn mom who foolishly thinks she has it all together (myself implied).”
Baby Come Home has also given a forum to shout out about something else that is near and dear to Elizabeth’s heart and for the greater good. Welcome The Children is a non-profit organization that supplies needs for the body, mind and soul of severely impoverished children around the world. All proceeds from this book and future books will assist children who would otherwise have little hope of a desirable future.
You can find out more about Elizabeth Arnita, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/ayhg69o
Find out more about Welcome the Children at http://welcomethechildren.org/