Liberty Hill author Lisa Roberts launched her first book in January, and with it she launched her heart and soul.
She grew up on a farm in Brenham where the world seemed much smaller, slower, and certainly much simpler. Although, there were complications with her once evangelical missionary father and her spiritual and highly artistic mother, those would not be so evident until later in life.
Nonetheless, her growing years in Brenham are by her recollection, among the best times of her life. Memories of living and sleeping in the woods with her dogs and a companion along a creek are forever captured experiences.
Mrs. Roberts’ son awakened and heightened her spirit to write. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, he struggled with communicating because of his tics and barking sounds. So, her son wrote. It had a very calming, comforting effect on him and his writings of creatures he invented were remarkable, Roberts recalls. More importantly, he found peace.
Although she had a degree in business from St. Edwards University, Mrs. Roberts found herself working and managing private schools to support her son.
She also managed a Burlington Coat Store and was involved in interior landscaping in Houston. Earlier in her career, she worked as the Child Development Director for the YMCA of Austin, creating transitional specialty classes for children ages 18 months to six years of age. She worked with the Metro and Child Development boards on educational projects and trained her staff to adhere to the standards set by the National Association of Young Children.
Her involvement also included serving on a subcommittee of the Austin Child Care Council and the Austin Employers Collaborative Council and assisted the Austin Food Bank and the Child Adult Food Program of Texas to create less expensive, well-balanced and nutritional meals for students. Additionally, she worked with the United Way in starting up projects for “The Day of Caring” program.
Mrs. Roberts’ experience also includes acting, singing and performing as part of a family vocal group, Emerald Eyes, which gave her the opportunity to perform with Willie Nelson, Trini Lopez and others. The group was invited as guests on radio shows, on the world famous Grand Ole Opry and at the renowned Nashville venue, the Bluebird Café.
Lately, Mrs. Roberts has become involved in rescuing dogs and presently has seven. She’s taken greater time to understand the depth of nature.
“After taking the time to understand what bees do in a tree, I have greater respect for them,” she said.
Presently, Mrs. Roberts is the owner and director of Back to Basics Concierge & Home Care Services for the elderly, an enterprise that she says has been both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
It’s a different world and a different time than the one Roberts knew in Brenham. And she realizes that she’s different, too.
“I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself and others, but to expect more,” she said. “I don’t rush things and need light and appreciate all things natural.”
In some ways, her pilgrimage has led her right back to where she started — a simpler life. That’s what she says is her goal, “to shine the light on everything.”
Titled Leadership with Abraham Lincoln, the first release is the lead of an anticipated 29 instructive books of a series, Back to the Basics with Aydan & Addy. The author said she did extensive historical research aided by her husband, Patrick, because the books are historical fiction that are interwoven with moral and spiritual threads and the use of a moral compass. They geared for the 8-13 age group. Four books will be published every year.
Each book will have the same framework. The major characters will be Aydan with his Robin, Addy with her hoe, moral compass and trusty dog, Leopard Girl, The Spirit Mentors (historical figures), and friends and family of Aydan and Addy.
The author says she would like to start the conversation among the youth of this country and families to help build the “inner self.”
“I see the disconnection among people and their families,” Mrs. Roberts said. “Trust is missing and many families are simply drowning. It seems like this is a time where anything goes and there is little self-discipline. Hopefully, my books will make people think about themselves, their families and earth. We all come from life experiences so it only makes sense to go back to basics.”
The basics or fundamentals the author refers to are attributes like good moral character, strong work ethic, kindness, self-sufficiency, forgiveness and allegiances to God, fellow man, community and country.
In her books, Mrs. Roberts uses historical figures like Abraham Lincoln to assist and teach her two main characters Aydan and Addy the basics as the traverse the country on an old steam engine train.
She says she is driven to reach out to young people because she believes they are the ones who can be the catalysts for change.
“Our children are the only ones that can change it,” she said. “Kids are bright and need to have the conversations and I have faith in humanity we can get this right.”
To make the reading experience as interactive as possible, the author invites readers to visit Aydan and Addy at www.aydanandaddy.com.
Readers can also write to the characters or the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be followed on www.facebook.com/AydanandAddy
Beginning this week, the book will be available in bookstores.