(From left, front row) Bonnie Perry; Deb Obermeier, aka DebO, of Granite City; Karen Cooper and Linda Brinkmeyer celebrated the release of Obermeier’s book “A Common Thread — A Simple Stitch” at a July 11 book-signing at the Kool Beanz Coffee House and Restaurant in Granite City. In the back row is an unidentified friend from Hoyleton, Ill.
GRANITE CITY | “DebO,” as her friends christened her long ago, held a book signing July 11 at the Kool Beanz Coffee House and Restaurant.
The book is titled “A Common Thread — A Simple Stitch.” Vickie Arguelles, owner of Kool Beanz, said reading the book “reminded me of how the people here in Granite City sit around passing down the stories of the history of the community.”
Deb Obermeier graduated from Granite City High School in 1974. The writing of her first published book was a five-year process. Life happened and her desire to write was put on the back burner. She and her husband raised two sons, both of whom have military careers that have taken them out of state. DebO and her husband spend all of their free time traveling to see their sons and their families. It was on one of those trips that DebO remembered something her granddaughter Emmilee said.
“She told me that I needed to start writing that book that I always wanted to write,” she said.
During that visit, the two of them worked together mapping out the plans for the book. They came up with a list of characters, the setting, and the major theme that would become the focal point for the book. DebO left to return home armed with what she and her granddaughter believed would be the recipe for a great story. For the next two years DebO put the book on the back burner to simmer while she continued her day job as a loan officer. During her free time she would stir her pot and mix up the ingredients of her book until it was finished.
“She wrote stories all through our childhood and entertained all of us with her imagination,” childhood friend Linda Brinkmeyer said. “I knew she would become a writer.”
The common thread that runs throughout the book is that readers can identify with the characters and situations that occur in the story. The fictional setting of the story is Spring Forest. The main character and narrator, Eliza, lives above her yarn shop and the story is narrated by her. The main idea of the book is the theme of the bond of family and friends and the importance of protecting that gift. The title of the book symbolizes how friends and family stitch our lives together and help us to find meaning in life. The last words in the book are “Knot the End.”
“It is a good book,” friend Karen Cooper said. “You laugh, you cry, and there are plenty of surprising twists in the book.”
Tate Publishing expressed interest, and the grueling editing work began.
“I was choked up, opening the first box of printed books and holding my book that I wrote in my hand,” DebO reflected. It has been a whirlwind ever since the book came out in June 2015.
The Kool Beanz book signing is just one of many that the author has attended, but having it in her hometown brings a special joy and the chance to celebrate with her high school friends. The pen she has been using at all of her book signings, engraved with “DebO, you are special,” was given to her five years ago from her old friend Bonnie Perry.
DebO will have another book signing at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Quarter Auction Vendors for Charity Auction at the Granite City Township Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the Phoenix Crisis Center will be the featured charity. A copy of her book will be one of the auction items.