The 19-year-old has dreamed of being a published author since junior high. On Feb. 25 at Kroger in Wheelersburg, Houston signed copies of her book, “Courtney Houston's Life Through Poetry,” for members of the community.
Her friends and family were at the event to support her, including her best friend Jennifer Maynard. The two have known each other since the sixth grade.
“She's talked about (getting published) all the time. I'm glad it's finally happening for her,” Maynard said.
Houston's mother, Sandra Houston, feels the same.
“We're very proud of her,” her mother said. “If the book does good or bad, she's put one together.”
Houston wrote her first poem during a history class in the eighth grade. The poem was about the counselor who was helping her cope with anger and depression, which resulted from the stillbirth of her nephew and her cousin's drug addiction.
After she wrote a second poem in study hall, she realized “something is going on here,” she said. “I was writing so fast and I was able to write.”
The book is a collection of poems Houston wrote between junior high and her junior year in high school. According to the biography in her book, she made a new beginning in the 11th grade. She made new friends and changed her attitude.
She writes, “