Barnett's first book details struggles with drug ring

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By Mary Barczak

 Marijuana. It’s no secret it’s become a hot-button issue especially is state legislature in the past couple years. And one former Bullitt County resident is reaping some of the benefit.

On May 10 from 10 to 3 p.m. author Phyllis Ann Barnett will be at Main Street Market for a signing of her book, “Between the Rows.”

Released in March, the story follows a family’s struggle in central Kentucky after involvement with a drug ring.

This is Barnett’s first book.

A native of Marion County in 70s and 80s, Barnett said she witnessed the struggle first-hand being from a farm family. During that time, she said there wasn’t much work especially for farmers.

“Marjuana was growing all around me,” she said. “I felt for the families and kept thinking one day I needed to write a book about how they were effected by it.”

Then in 2011, those thoughts were penned.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Barnett said she began to write the story as a therapeutic release.

“That’s when all the ideas come together,” said the Louisville resident. “It helped me not to think about myself.”

Barnett said she hopes people can grasp the message that “good people can sometimes make bad decisions.”

Her book is available on Amazon and Kindle reader.

Former Pleasant Grove Elementary teacher Sherry Rodgers will also be present at Main Street to sign her book “Spencer, A Squirrel’s First Day in the Woods.”