Friday , 27 April 2018

Hometown Author Publishes a Novel

Melba Morris, pen name Annabel Baker,  recently published “Texas Prime” on Amazon Kindle. Currently living in Central Texas, Morris hopes to relocate back home to McKinney in the near future. 

“Texas Prime’s” fictional story highlights the Collin County rural farming community. Morris grew up on a farm west of McKinney in the Bloomdale community that is now a suburban neighborhood. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Psychology. During her professional career, she worked as a case worker, counselor, social worker and psychologist throughout Texas. She has enjoyed creative writing since childhood. Having won first place for a paper on peace in high school and honored by The Rotary Club, teachers noted her talent and encouraged her to continue writing. 

Morris began working on “Texas Prime” when she was pregnant with her son in 1981. This novel culminated at a time in our history when a cultural transition was evolving from the social uprisings of the 1960’s, 70’s, and ’80’s.  With the conception of her son came the simultaneous conception of deep insight concerning her personal role as a woman and new mother of that generation.

Being very much a part of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s issues and having a career in the mental health profession provided the basis, depth of understanding and professional insight for the writing of “Texas Prime”. In search of the true meaning of life, a feisty 5-foot-3 Texas cowgirl, with forest green eyes and long curly dark auburn hair, takes on all the issues confronting this society in the 1980’s. Plagued with personal demons from childhood, the heroine, Sheila Sue Delaney transforms her internal battles into wisdom and enlightenment through psychotherapy and soul-searching.

From a flower child of the Hippie generation transforming to an authentic southern Texas lady, Delaney struggles with the issues of the Women’s Movement, family and relationships, religion, cultural trends, our highly technical and progressive capitalistic nation, government and the decline of rural America. She philanthropically strives to preserve the fundamental foundation of  our country embedded in western culture, country living and rural heritage. In her quest to redefine herself in relation to all these issues, Sheila Delaney redirects the future of this country in the 1990’s and beyond into the new millennium.

“Texas Prime” is the first book in “The Best of Texas” series.  Another book in the ongoing series, “Texas Rose”, will be out soon.

A local Collin County resident wrote a Customer Review on Amazon, “I finished “Texas Prime today”. And I must say it was a very good read. It kept my attention always wondering what was going to happen next. I won’t give it away, but I must say I believe it tells of a dream that could belong to millions of people. And I must say I am one of them! Thanks Annabel for a great read.”

“Texas Prime” is out on Amazon in ebook at

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