May 20, 2014
RUSTON - Former Louisiana Tech Lady Techster star Erica (Smith) Taylor will hold a book signing Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Tech Barnes and Nobles Bookstore on the university campus.
Taylor, who starred for the Lady Techsters from 2001 through 2005, has written a children's book titled Figler: My Imaginary Friend that has gotten rave reviews.
According to Jeanine Wood, the distance learning coordinator at Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, "Taylor takes her readers on a journey of self-realization as a child comes to ultimately discover that the wonderful abilities possessed by Figler, the beloved imaginary friend, are talents (he/she) also possesses.
"The whimsical illustrations draw readers into the main character's journey of self-discovery. This book offers a delightful poetic read inspiring young readers to dare to imagine and reach for the impossible."
The 24-page paperback is geared for both boys and girls ranging in ages of 4 to 8 years old and has been published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, Inc.
"A profound story that captures the real creativity of children, "Figler: My Imaginary Friend, this book can even help us adults see the strength and courage we have within," said Celia Anderson, author of Love, Ocean and Daddy's Home. "Bravo to Mrs. Taylor for not only creating a positive message, but for also using her sports platform to empower the next generation."
Taylor in Brinkley, Arkansas and grew up five miles down the road in a small town of Wheatley, Arkansas where she went to Palestine-Wheatley school. At an early age, she was introduced to the sport of basketball by her older brothers, Reginald and Jason Smith.
Taylor was also awarded Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and took her talents further when she committed to playing for women's powerhouse Louisiana Tech under the legendary coach Leon Barmore.
At Louisiana Tech she earned numerous accolades including the WAC freshman of the year while scoring more than 1,000 career points. She earned a bachelor of liberal arts in English. In 2005, Erica was drafted first in the second round by WNBA's Washington Mystics. Erica always aspired to become a writer.