Drake law student Sh'Myria "Shi" Moore
On top of an already busy schedule, Drake University Law School student Sh'Myria "Shi" Moore has achieved success in creative writing as the newly published author of a children's book.
"A Warm Fuzzy Day," written by Moore, a third-year law student from Salisbury, N.C., is an inspirational children's story designed for young readers up to 6 years old.
"Whether it is reading a book, listening to music, eating ice cream, or just running outside, 'A Warm Fuzzy Day' encourages children to find whatever it is that makes them smile and incorporate it into their daily routines instead of feeling discouraged," she said.
Moore found the idea for her story through teaching and volunteering with students at elementary and middle school levels. She was especially struck by the stress her students in middle school were feeling in their lives.
"I figured if my sixth grade students were going through stress, then my elementary school students had to be too, even if they didn’t know what to call it," Moore said.
Moved to help the students through their struggles, Moore began writing the book in 2005 as a graduate student at North Carolina Central University. She set the project down when she came to Drake Law School in 2007, but then resumed her work, submitting her manuscript to Haci Publishing in early 2008.
"A Warm Fuzzy Day" aims to inspire kids to find the joy in everyday life.
The book, which is illustrated by Moore’s cousin Tukithia Ellis, was made available for purchase through several online vendors, including Amazon, in July 2010.
Moore, who holds both her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from North Carolina Central University, is pursuing a law degree with the hopes of starting a publishing company. She hopes to practice health law.
"My writing and law degree will definitely overlap," she said. "I am always interested in reading and writing about issues concerning women both in and out of the United States and in providing legal assistance to women."
Moore is working on a collection of feminist poetry, and also plans to continue writing books for children.