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A whimsical way with words

‘My writing really took off when my sons were little,’ writes subscriber Lynne Hallett.

‘One night in 2007, after putting them to bed, I sat with pen and paper and by midnight had completed my first rhyming tale. I wrote more stories, embarked on a children’s writing course with The Academy of Children’s Writers, and by 2012 had come second in their international competition with Who Cut Up the Moon?

‘Buoyed up by my success, I decided to take on the Writers Bureau’s Comprehensive Writing Course and achieved publication in The People’s Friend with articles and short stories for women.

‘On receiving a surprise bequest in 2014, I decided to put the money towards publishing my books with a local Malvern printing firm, Aspect Design. I started off with There’s a Mouse in the House, a count-to-ten and back again book for tots, and Awesome Adventures, comprising two rhyming stories in the style of Roald Dahl. Then came Who Cut Up the Moon? which centres around a group of animals trying to find the missing piece of the moon. The following year Bear with a Sore Head and Hot Dog joined the rhyming story collection, the first looking at a bear who doesn’t realise hibernation is over and the other about a dog who thinks he is going to end up on the barbecue. In 2016 I published two 5,000-word chapter books about a little girl called Lizzie Golightly, who gets help solving her problems from creatures which live in her garden.

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the freedom that self-publishing brings. I have a wonderful illustrator and the Aspect team are brilliant at putting the words and images together. All of my books are available from Amazon and I have Kindle editions of each, too. I have also recorded the picture book stories onto CD, which was great fun to do.

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