MEET DEBBIE NOBLE
This month, we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Noble. Debbie is the author of Pockets in my PJs, a children’s book written to inspire and engage kids and their parents. She is also a pre-k teacher who loves reading books to her students! We’ll be sharing more fun facts about Debbie in the weeks to come…we may even have a giveaway! Here is quick article from Debbie and why she began to write.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Good things come in small packages?” I for one had a hard time believing it was true. But as I go along the path of life, I have come to believe it more.
As a small child, my parents read me the book, “The Engine That Could.” I loved that book! I loved how the little blue engine believed she could pull the train up that steep mountain even though she was “little.” I never made the connection (or so I thought) that I could be that little blue engine someday saying, “I think I can.”
Life has a way of bringing those little things that we ignore back up to us. Confidence was not something I always had on my side growing up. I had to listen to that little voice that I remembered from the book, “I think I can!” Surprises came and confidence was gained as I repeated this “mantra” when I faced life challenges.
I am presently a Pre-K Teacher in a public school. Making books come “alive” to my students is the best part of the day. I love how a book can grab a child’s attention and take them for a “ride’” And better yet, they are learning without even realizing it.
Sadly though, I noticed a lot of children were not being read to at home.
Remarking this news to my husband (who is also a teacher), responded, “You should write a book that parents will want to read to their kids.” I looked at him and said, “I can’t do that!”
Being the gentleman, he just said, “I think you can!”
There was that phrase again. It rose up from my childhood memories and I began to think that maybe I could write a book.
That little blue engine inside of me began saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
After some deliberating, prayers and brainstorming, I began to write. My goal was to write a fun, interactive story that parents would want to read with their child. So much bonding can occur between a parent and child while reading. It is helping make those important connections in the brain. As a teacher, I wanted to “sneak” in some educational value in a fun way.
Once the first draft of Pockets in my PJ’s was written, I had to find out how to get it published. I was thinking, “Will this REALLY ever get published?” But with a little bit of “I think I can” and a little bit of direction, Pockets in my PJs was published.
Not long after my book debuted, my mom found a paper I had written in seventh grade. It was an “All About Me” kind of paper that the teachers assign at the beginning of school. I had said in the paper that I was short for my age and that I loved to giggle. I must admit, it’s still true. But the remarkable thing is that I wrote I wanted to be a teacher and author when I grew up.
My dreams have come true. They can for you too. Just remember the little blue engine, “I think I can!”
Welcome to the Hear my Heart blog!
Since we are growing as a company, I want to share the heart behind Hear my Heart, and a bit about my own publishing journey. I think it is important to understand the motivations and goals behind the company, as well as a bit about me as a writer and publisher.
The company was birthed out of adversity and my response to it. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, God laid it very heavy on my heart to write a book about the journey. Truth be told, I have never considered myself a writer; I am an accountant. I like numbers, not words.
My discomfort at the idea of writing my journey made me resistant to the idea, so I fought God. I was dealing with cancer and I did not want to deal with anything else at the same time.
Well, God kept after me. Around that time, I attended a conference about soul-winning and had the honor of meeting author Catherine Zoller. She invited me to hear her speak at The Wings conference in Chelsea Oklahoma after emphasizing the importance of public speaking for a writer. After hearing Catherine and another speaker share their hearts, something sparked in my heart and I decided to be obedience. It was time to write. I told God that I didn’t have the right words, but He made it clear to me that if I would focus on writing my heart, the words would come.
That’s precisely what happened. At times, I would be driving and would have to pull over and stop so I could write something down. It was making it hard to get anywhere on time, so I started carrying a little micro-recorder to capture my heart as God gave me the words to communicate it.
I still made excuses occasionally, but when I did God would remind me: write your heart. I heard it over and over. It was His response to every excuse I came up with.
God said, “Write your heart,” so that’s what I did. Take my Hand: Hope and Help for the Journey was born out of that command.
When I approached the publishing process, I chose to publish through Westbow Press. While it was a wonderful experience, it was very expensive. I learned a lot throughout the process and decided to publish my second book myself. After creating and publishing my first book, I realized that I had a voice that should be heard. This sparked the desire to help others find their own voice for God’s glory.
Thus, Hear my Heart Publishing LLC was born. The journey has just begun and there is so much more to tell, but I shall save that for another day.
I’m glad to have you on this journey with me.