Nevada Parole Sergeant Turns Children's Author - 8 News NOW

Nevada Parole Sergeant Turns Children's Author

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LAS VEGAS - Sgt. Brian Zana isn't your typical children's book author. In fact, the last time 8 News NOW caught up with him, he was busting bad guys. Zana is a sergeant with the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation. He's also a father who tells bedtime stories to his kids.

"I just started making up silly stories to tell them at night, and this was one of them that they really liked, and it kind of continually evolved," he said.

His storytelling at home soon became a book for children called "Maurice Tries New Foods". Zana realized the questions he has as a parent are the same ones any family has.

"All those challenging things parents deal with, Maurice can do to kind of show them," he said. "Maurice can do anything that children have difficulties with. You know, Maurice learns to tie his shoes. Maurice learns to go to the bathroom. Maurice goes to his first day of school."

It's hard to believe a sweet little monkey came from the mind of a man who chases down sexual predators all day.

"Writing this book gave me the opportunity to kind of put a lot of that negativity away that I see - unfortunate things that happen to children - and kind of concentrate on something positive that I can do for kids," he said.

Through his job with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Sgt. Zana supervises more than 680 sex offenders. Zana would like to write more books, but has no plans to give up his day job.

"Maurice Tries New Foods" is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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