HOUGHTON - After the success of his previous work, local author David Crowley decided to step up his writing and recently released his newest book, "This Town Ain't Big Enough."
"After I wrote 'Twinkletown' and got so many positive responses from people and the poetry aspect of it, I thought I should probably continue writing those kind of stories," Crowley said. "I figured bullying has been a hot topic lately, and I try to focus what I write to get a positive message for kids."
"This Town Ain't Big Enough" details the story of a bully, Michael McHooligan, who terrorizes the kids in his town. But then a new boy moves into town, and starts bullying Michael, which causes the local children to stand up to the bullies.
"The main message of the book is aimed at 4 to 7 year olds - the age group to catch them before bullying takes place," Crowley said.
Even the dedication of the book, "Dedicated to anyone who has felt that empty pit in their stomach when they see someone coming," adds to the message.
"The big message is that it's better to be a friend than a bully," Crowley said. "The message for older kids is there's strength in numbers."
Crowley's illustrator from "Twinkletown" was not able to do "This Town Ain't Big Enough," so he turned to Roland Spelich, the brother of local resident Darlene Spelich, who was a big supporter of "Twinkletown," according to Crowley.
"She said my brother out in California has been working as an illustrator all his life," Crowley said. "So when I finally found Roland to do illustrations, he took them back to California with him.
"He took the story and he found so many things he could draw; he gave me twice as many illustrations as I was expecting," he continued. "It was well worth the wait, as the illustrations are so great."
"This Town Ain't Big Enough" is one of three books Crowley has been working on, as he has two others in the making, including a book about the dangers of gossip and a Christmas story about a town finding the true meaning of the holiday.
"I really love writing," Crowley said.
His newest, "This Town Ain't Big Enough," is available locally at Kathy's Country Flowers, Calumet Floral and North Wind Books.