This book is being completed by a mother/daughter team who have discussed doing a children's book for a long time. Christiana Melvin Caldwell showed unusual artistic ability from a young age and even won an art contest while her family was stationed with the Navy in Naples, Italy. She has continued her creative bent and in 1996 painted a Noah's ARK mural on the walls of a classroom in her mother's home church. The mural was done as a tribute to her younger brother, Charles Clay Melvin, who died in a tragic accident earlier that year while he was stationed with the United States Air Force in Japan. Photographer Trista Foster took pictures of the mural and these are displayed in the book.
Together Christy and her mother, Loralyn Reynolds, thrashed out the simple text, hoping children and adults would enjoy the pictures and enjoy the reading. As a mother, grandmother and Sunday School teacher, Loralyn has told this story over and over again in some fashion. It never grows old or out of date. And there are always new truths to be gleaned from this ancient story based on Genesis 6.
Loralyn is a graduate of both Asbury College and the University of West Florida and has a teaching degree in Learning Disabilities and one in Christian Education. She retired from the State of Indiana as a Psychiatric Social Services Specialist. She lives in North Vernon, Indiana and enjoys a wide range of activities including reading, writing, historical research, gardening, quilting and scrabble.
Christiana is in management and has little time to enjoy anything but her two sons, husband and Labador Retriever. She lives in southern Alabama.