Norvelt resident authors another book
By Michele Stewardson
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Zita Senak Nitkiewicz has a problem — she can't sit still.
As a result, she keeps writing and writing and writing.
“The Wonderful World of Whimsical Words,” published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, is her third and latest endeavor of her restlessness.
“She keeps writing and writing, I can't keep up,” said Irene Senak of Mt. Pleasant, her mother and biggest fan. “She can't sit still, she's always doing something. I was surprised in one way when she wrote this book, but in another, thought ‘oh, that's just Zita.'”
The book features 79 word-search puzzles and answer keys and took months to complete. Nitkiewicz said the book takes you back to being a child and brings out all the good things in life in one little book.
“My mom and I were always doing word search books and I thought I'd enjoy this,” said Nitkiewicz of Norvelt. “Keeping my mind going is my main objective. I don't like to sit idle; I'm constantly on the move. I grasp all the information I can and put it into writing.”
Nitkiewicz wrote her first book, “Learning the Alphabet through Touch, Sight and Sound,” 20 years ago for her daughter who had been diagnosed with a slight learning disability. The book features different textures and rhyming words.
Nitkiewicz believes children learn from other children.
“Let them learn good behavior instead of bad ones,” she said. “That's why I wrote the alphabet book.”
She's also written a book titled “Yes, I'm Organized,” which she calls a one-stop shop for everything, Christmas, birthdays cards, anniversaries. Currently, she's working on a word search book for Disney complete with shops, resorts, parks and more. She hasn't come up with a title for that book yet, and is searching for a literary agent to help her.
A 1976 Mt. Pleasant Area High School graduate, Nitkiewicz attributes her love of her words to a high school teacher who would have the students write their own books, produce their own movies, etc. Shortly after that, she started putting everything down on paper.
Her daughter Julie Ruby, who now lives in Kentucky, remembers her mom as always being creative.
“I wasn't surprised at all when she came out with this book,” Ruby said. “My brother and I used to be singers on the ABC Book. She's always had a good eye for ways to help people if you're just home by yourself; the books give you something to do.”
For Nitkiewicz, who works part time at the Open Pantry in Norvelt, the book is entertaining.
“It's a fun book,” she said. “It has everything in it. Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or holidays.”
Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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