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Deborah Cannon Publishes Children's Book

PCC Early Childhood graduate Deborah Cannon signs copies of her children's book, "When the Bull Saw Red," in January 2012.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College scheduled a book-signing in January 2012 for employee Deborah P. Cannon, who published her first book, “When the Bull Saw Red,” in the fall of 2011.

Cannon, a Greenville resident, has taught in PCC’s pre-school laboratory for more than 22 years. In November 2011, she had a 24-page children’s book published by Indiana-based AuthorHouse.

“I have received an overwhelming response to my book,” Cannon says. “People have been so kind.”

Cannon says “When the Bull Saw Red” is a fictional account about what happens after a docile, unassuming bull named Hector sees a red scarf the wind has blown into his pasture. Mayhem ensues, she says, setting off a chain of events that disrupt the entire farm routine and turn an ordinary day for Hector and his rural companions into anything but ordinary.

Cannon, a graduate of PCC’s Early Childhood Associate program, says she wrote “When the Bull Saw Red” while gazing at cows in a pasture while on vacation. Though she has been writing books since the early 1970s, she has never had any of them published until now.

“This seemed like the right timing for me to publish my first book,” Cannon said. “The experience has been a positive one, and it has prompted me to continue writing children’s books.

“As a matter of fact, children’s book number two [for me] is on its way.”

Cannon, who has five children and eight grandchildren, says her love for writing children’s stories evolves from her passion for reading to youngsters. She is an excellent storyteller who uses puppets, props and other visual aids to make stories laughable, enjoyable and imaginative.

“When the Bull Saw Red” is available at various retailers, including the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble websites.