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Woman Defies Condition to Author First Book

BARTONVILLE - A woman is letting nothing stop her from reaching her dreams, not even a rare disease.
BARTONVILLE - A woman is letting nothing stop her from reaching her dreams, not even a rare disease. 
Writing a book is not easy, but it is a dream for 70-year-old Leona Pence.
"After my husband died in 2006, I turned to my computer to save my sanity," she said.  
She's been writing ever since. For years, she plugged away at a romance novel. Friday, her dream came true.  
"It's taken a while. I had to go through editing, line edits and all that you know. Finally it's here. I'm a published author.”
Her romance novel, Hemphill Towers, is available online.  
She’s very proud of the accomplishment, but how she did it is truly amazing.
"You know I never thought with my hands I'd ever type," she said.  
Pence is deaf and a neurological disease limits use of her fingers.
"I wrote my novel with the eraser end of a pencil and I went through so many pencils and my computer filled up with eraser goop," she described. "My kids they keep after me. They're proud of me you know."
She put her imagination into words, slowly punching one key at a time. Now she hopes her book and her story will motivate others.
"I just want to inspire people to know that no matter how old you are, no matter how infirmed you are, if you strive to do something you can do it."
It’s a similar message she tells her students in the new online class she is currently teaching.
Her book "Hemphill Towers" is available online. She says the next step is promoting the book via social media. She's opened a Twitter and Facebook account.
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