Writing for kids is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done. I love being transported to a simpler, brighter place where adult problems fade into the background and you see the world through the eyes of a child again. I’ve taken a bit of a break from fiction while writing educational books and mini-documentaries (which is also hugely enjoyable). But now I’m back!
After writing my Greek mythology inspired Hopeless Heroes series, I wasn’t quite sure where to go next. More myths-type stories, most likely. Meanwhile, Sweet Cherry Publishing were coming up with ideas of their own. When they asked me to write a series about a magical cat cafe, I jumped at the chance! It was something new for me, so I did what I always do when a new opportunity comes along – throw myself in head first and hope I land on my feet!
And this is what I’ve got to show for it so far 🙂
Doesn’t the cover of book 1 of the Magic Animal Café look great! There are many illustrations throughout and it’s amazing seeing my words brought to life by a talented illustrator.
It’s quite a different experience fleshing out and realising someone else’s vision. There’s a lot more back and forth with the editors as we build up the series, and I’m enjoying the team work aspect of it. While they set the foundations, I had the privilege of coming up with the details and storylines. The stories combine my life-long love of animals (who else but an animal lover would call a mouse Herriot?) with my interest in old phones (I have an antique phone collection) and my delight in creating quirky characters. I’ve just signed off on book 5 – and there are another 5 to go!
And best of all, I’m finally a cartoon! Here’s the picture of me they created for the inside cover 🙂 Quite a good likeness, I think.
6 thoughts on “Introducing the Magic Animal Cafe!”
Very nice!!! And I love the illustration of you 😄
Thank you 🙂
We’re excited to hear about your new book!
Thank you so much! I’m happy to be sharing the news 🙂
Congratulations Stella, Thank you for sending this email, thrilled to hear of this latest project and contract of yours. I was inspired by your workshop that I attended at SSCCollege, and am just completing the Master reading to Write course, by Tegan Daylight, at Varuna. I am now ready to write my own stories, having helped 20 + people to record their life journey. Thanks for staying in touch, Fare-thee-well for now, Kerry Little The little biographer Sent from my iPad
Hi Kerry, thanks for your kind words and for getting in touch. I’m happy to hear your writing is going so well!
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