Oswego native Shanna Simpson and a 2004 Oswego High School graduate, has added “Children’s Book Author” to her resume.
Her book Payton Is Afraid of Dirt is a story about Payton, who discovers he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Shanna, who herself was diagnosed with OCD herself, saw a void in books for children like her.
“Unfortunately there aren’t a whole lot of picture books about OCD.” Simpson reflected, “That’s why I wanted to write one.”
“When I was a little girl and I found out I had OCD, I didn’t have any books to read about it.”
OCD is often mis-portrayed in popular culture, and that was a major motivator for Shanna completing this project. “I had always struggled with the fact that OCD is misrepresented and I wanted to write something my seven-year-old self would have read.”
Payton has been a project Simpson has been working on since 2009. “I was just graduated from college and working on another book when Payton sort of came into my head.” Shanna remembers.
After several drafts and even more rejection letters, her creation found a home with Future Horizons publishing.
Simpson is a writer at heart, with a degree in journalism from North Central College, and an avid reader. When she’s not working at the Oswego Public Library, she’s likely reading a book.
Though she doesn’t have any plans currently, Shanna says she hopes to write more children’s books in the future. Her book Payton Is Afraid of Dirt is available on Amazon and many major book retailers.