University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Book Signing with Author Chrissy Bernal

April 12, 2011
Book Signing with Author Chrissy Bernal

Belton, Texas –The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will host a book signing with Chrissy Bernal, author of two children’s books: Sinny Sized and Sienna’s Locket, on Thursday, April 21, from 11:00 – 2 p.m. in the University Bookstore in the Mabee Student Center on Moore Avenue. 

Bernal, who will be featured on ABC’s 20/20 broadcast on Friday, May 6, has written two books about her twin daughters, Sierra and Sienna.  Sierra was small, but still considered normal weight at birth, but Sienna was born with Primordial Dwarfism, a unique characteristic that affects less than 200 people worldwide.  On April 21, Bernal will be signing and selling her most recently published book, Sienna’s Locket.  The books will be on sale for $18.95. 

Bernal wrote the book to give a perspective of Sienna’s world as a Primordial Dwarf.

“In Sienna's world, things seem a little bigger than they do to most others because she is ‘Sinny Sized,’" said Bernal.  “Sienna's life is full of adventures that only she can solve because she is just the right size for every situation!”

This new series by Bernal, brings to life the everyday experiences of her daughter born with Primordial Dwarfism.  Born with an average height twin sister named Sierra, the girls along with their dog, Dozer, find themselves in remarkable situations that only Sienna is able to solve.

“This series will bring laughter and compassion to the reader as they learn that everyone is created different and special. This uniqueness is what makes us who we are,” said Bernal.

“She knows that she is meant for BIG things. This is the story of her beginning.”

She will also have her other book about her daughter’s biography, Living Life Sinny Sized, available for sale for $10.95. 

“It's a short story depicting what I went through during my pregnancy with Sienna, and during our journey to discover why she was so small,” said Bernal.

Chrissy Bernal grew up writing short stories as a young girl.  She received many awards for her writings as a child and as an adult. A 2001 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Bernal received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Journalism. During her studies at UMHB, she played on the women’s volleyball team, continued to compete in creative writing and performance competitions and was editor for the school’s newspaper, The Bells.  

It is Bernal’s vision that others would be inspired and educated through her writings. 

“I want people to see that they have the ability to do great things once they allow themselves to see that what makes them unique can be what makes them great. They are wonderfully made.”