Floyd County teacher publishes first children’s book titled ‘Rainbow Kitty’

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 1:05 PM EDT
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Floyd County teacher is making a difference for students in the classroom and recently achieved a lifelong goal by publishing her first children’s book.

Dominique Messer, a Betsy Layne High School graduate now teaches ninth-grade language arts at the same school. Messer hopes to inspire future writers and students with her work.

“I just want to instill this idea in them that they can be anything they want to be,” said Messer. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, where you graduate from, what state you’re in, you can accomplish big things as long as you put forth an effort.”

Messer says she was inspired to write “Rainbow Kitty” by her four-year-old step-daughter, Lucy. Lucy frequently imagined herself as a rainbow kitty and Messer wanted to know more, creating her own backstory all while telling a touching daddy-daughter relationship story.

“One day I asked her, I said, ‘Lucy, where did rainbow kitty’s rainbow colors come from?’ and she said ‘I don’t know!’” said Messer, “so I thought, you know what, I’m going to give you and this cat the idea of these colors and where they came from and that’s how the story was born.”

School officials say Messer is setting a wonderful example to the children she teaches and gives inspiration to young writers from all walks of life.

“For her students to be able to see that their teacher is a published author. You know, if she could do it, they could do it,” said Betsy Layne High School Principal Jody Roberts. “That is just a wonderful, inspirational thing to have for your students and something to aspire to.”

Messer says she does have plans to turn the book into a series and is currently working on a Christmas-themed book. You can find “Rainbow Kitty” on Amazon.

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