Waterstones, West Quay was adorned with magical star themed decorations for the launch of my new children’s book, Secrets of the Snow Globe – Shooting Star. Eager young readers from across Hampshire gathered for the event, keen to say ‘hello’ and buy the latest addition to the Secrets of the Snow Globe series.
Since the launch of my first book, Secrets of the Snow Globe – Vanishing Voices last autumn, I have visited many schools and libraries in Hampshire. It was wonderful to see so many of these children at the launch who were enthusiastic about reading my books!’
As one parent commented, ‘A brilliant evening! Well worth the trip from Andover!’
Travelling a little further than Hampshire to the launch, was my illustrator, Dawn Larder, who journeyed with her twin sister, Sharon Larder, from Spain!
Dawn and I have worked together on two books over 18 months and have communicated via more than 1000 emails but have never met until now! Although we correspond digitally, all of Dawn’s artwork is created using traditional medium.
As a traditional storyteller, we made the perfect match producing books with a classic feel. Having become friends through working together online, it was fantastic to meet her face to face and, at last, to have a conversation! I was thrilled that she could take part in the launch and meet the children who have enjoyed her work.
I was also delighted that my editor, Barbara Large MBE, came to offer her support. Barbara is passionate about helping new writers fulfil their writing dreams. She has worked so hard with me on this book. It was a joy to celebrate with her!
After being treated to star themed cakes and party food, the children had the opportunity to show their own creative flair producing husky dog faces and shooting star bookmarks and husky dog masks. Good job everyone!
‘The craft table was packed all evening with children making bookmarks and masks. I was amazed at how they added their own twists to the designs!’ Joan Bates
To sum it up in Dawn’s words, ‘It was a fabulous evening!!!!!!’
Now, I just have to write book three! I better start scribbling!
Thank you to everyone who came and made the event special!