Prince Harry, Colin Kaepernick, and Mariah Carey are three of many celebrities who have written books to be released this year.   Of course, you don't have to be famous to write a book.  A massage therapist from Crawford County just had her third book published.

Barbie Bellinger, of Springboro, is the author of Annals of the Dragon, published by RoseDog Books.  The idea for the book came from her nephew.  Barbie recalls the conversation.

"My late nephew said, 'Why don't you write about a dragon?' And I'm like, 'Alright.' I had no clue.  How do I write about a dragon? I don't know a thing about a dragon.”

The story ended up being about a child's journey to become the guardian of a dragon's lair.  Despite her initial confusion about the fire breathing creatures, Barbie now plans to write a series of books based on Annals of the Dragon.

"I have a little bit in each one started.  I'll get an idea and say 'Oh yeah, that will fit in the book.' So I'll write that.  I'm not writing in consecutive order."

Annals of the Dragon is Barbie's third book.  Her first, titled Benjamin is about a seven year old who has clairvoyant visions about the future.  Her second book, Cause Unknown, is about an ancient Egyptian curse that could be solved by using binoculars that can look into the past.

She's done a lot of writing.  Barbie says it's only a hobby, not a career.  Her passion is helping people at her massage therapy job at Massage Envy in the Millcreek Plaza.  In past years, she was involved in the martial arts.

"I got to Green Belt and then I rolled by 4-wheeler and broke my shoulder and collar bone and couldn't go anymore."

She raced a stock car at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio for five years.  Barbie also worked at a nursing home, took classes in criminal justice, and has an electrician's diploma. She has experienced so much in her life you would think this author would soon be writing her memoirs.

"For an outsider, it might be amazing, but I don't know.  For me, it seems like I've had a boring life,” she said.

Barbie's books are available for purchase on Amazon.