Front Royal author publishes light-hearted new read

Missi Magalis Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – With her new sixth book, Front Royal author Missi Magalis will be offering her readers a shorter and lighter Southern women’s fiction novel than some of her past books.

“Ain’t No Better Treasure” describes the journey of main character Beth Martin exploring her unique ability to bring her writing to life and reconnecting with her son, whom she had put up for adoption. The story is told from the perspective of her, her son Jonas and his wife.

Published on Kindle in July and in paperback via Magalis’ Happy Creek Publishing in early August, it’s her sixth book since she began publishing her work in 2011. At 169 pages, it’s a shorter than her other Southern fiction novels “How Do You Do, Mrs. Wiley?” at 566 pages and sequel “Good Morning, Mrs. Clark” at 330.

Magalis also said it’s a little more on the lighter side and less complex than her other books, a story that provided her an escape during a trying period in her own life.

“I wrote this during a very difficult time, during an illness…and it gave me a place to go where I didn’t have to think about my circumstances,” she said.

Beth’s story is a more causal and feel-good read that Magalis said would make for a perfect vacation book. Beth’s mother brings an element of humor to the story, and the book is short enough to read in a couple of sittings.

“It’s not as complex as the other books; you’re not going to be sad in any way,” she said. “It’s lighthearted enough that that doesn’t really draw you down.”

While Magalis knows every book she writes contains a reflection of her as the author, she said Beth is in no way a characterization of herself.

Magalis’ publishing process is self-driven, with additional editing and personal support coming from her husband, mother and daughters. Eldest daughter Brooke designed the cover for “Ain’t No Better Treasure” and has editing credit on the book’s title page.

“It’s all a family affair when I’m doing one of these,” Magalis said.

Whereas “How Do You Do, Mrs. Wiley?” required eight read-through edits and rewrites of several sections, Magalis said “Ain’t No Better Treasure” only needed some light proofreading. When she started working on the novel in January, she had already set a deadline for finishing it, and was able to make her deadline with the help she received.

Magalis will be taking a brief pause from writing new material, instead choosing to focus on revisiting a number of both adult’s and children’s stories she’s had written for a while. Although she’s taking a pause to clean house, she said she’ll never stop writing as a hobby.

“The reason I do it has to be for me and not for anything else,” she said.

“Ain’t No Better Treasure” is available in paperback at Front Royal shop and gallery Gathered and on Amazon for $5.99 and on Kindle through Amazon for $3.99. Magalis has signed the copies available at Gathered.

To learn more about and purchase Magalis’ books, visit http://www.missimagalis.com.