CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Kathryn Brown thought about writing her first children's book, she drew from personal experience.
Her book, "Sellie and Sam: . . . Won't Sleep in Their Beds," explores the anxieties of twin boys who are afraid to sleep by themselves. The book was published in September but recently became available locally.
"The book is about fraternal twins with an identical problem," she explained. "And they feed off of each other's anxieties."
Brown said she wanted to provide a back-story of the parents so parents could see themselves in the story. She said the point isn't to provide an opinion about kids who want to sleep in their parents' bed but to provide humor in the situation.
"I wanted to explain to parents that it is a phase. It will go away," she said.
Brown wrote from experience. At first, the mother of two girls said she was embarrassed to talk to other parents about what she was going through because she thought they would judge her.
"I kept it to myself, but as I started to know other mothers, I found lots who had children who wanted to do that," she said.
Brown, one of the Daily Mail's Mommyhood bloggers, also is the author of a memoir about taking care of animals — "Kat Tales: Stories of a House . . . Broken."