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9-year-old is now a published author

Under the age of 10, Jocelyn Kiyara Williams has accomplished what most writers only dream of doing: she has written and published her own book, “Grace Needs Hay!” Now, she’s looking to the community’s support as the deadline to pre-order her book approaches.

The idea for “Grace Needs Hay” came to fruition last year when Williams was a second grade student at Swainsboro Elementary. According to Chondra Williams, her daughter entered a writing contest last year and wrote the story entirely on her own in just one night. Unfortunately, Williams’ entry didn’t win, but she didn’t let that stop her.

With a serious desire for people to read her story anyway, the now third grader (a student of Haley Brantley’s) looked to her mother for help. Together, they have worked the production process to the very end. The book, which follows Grace the goat on her adventure to find hay, is now available for purchase online at The cost is $10.99 for a hard copy, and the deadline to order is Friday, March 12.

When asked how she feels about her accomplishment, Williams said, “I felt excited writing about my pet goats, and I feel happy that it’s done.”

Her mom added, “Jocelyn’s dad, Willie, and I are so proud of her hard work and determination to reach the goals she sets. Jocelyn loves to read and write, and we are so ecstatic she has the opportunity to share her imagination with the world!”

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