I started writing poems about Mr. Mouse 4 years ago. It started out as a bit of fun, the first poem was basic and was only ever intended as a one off. I rhymed Mouse with house and named a river the River Louse. Mr Mouse had a house on the River Louse was born.
Over a three year period I wrote about Mr Mouse meeting his match Hilda, his children being rescued by coastguards, he made new friends amongst them a horse and master, a dolly called molly, a Fly with one eye and an Elf with one ear. I became very fond of these characters and when the pandemic came and we were locked down, I started thinking about turning the poems into a book. It meant I had to think about expanding the characters in the book and I wrote several new poems about Suzy the Squirrel, Eric the Gnome and surviving a pandemic.
I divided the chapters into Winter, Spring, Summer, Winter rewriting some chapters to fit the season. The book has twelve chapters, following Mr Mouse over three years. Each chapter has an illustration representing the key element of that chapter.
The illustrations are pencil drawings, and they are vibrant and fun.
Once the script was complete, of course it had to be edited. I had it professionally edited and during the process submitted the manuscript to Austin Macauley Publishers. In the meantime, whilst waiting to hear from the publishers, I contacted an illustrator via Facebook.
Whilst deciding whether to publish with AM or stay on my own and publish via kindle, for example, David Smith drew Mr Mouse for me. I meant this to be a test piece, but it ended up being the book cover. David Smith captured Mr Mouse fabulously. He is a very dapper chap with trilby hat and waistcoat, cake in one hand and a teapot in the other. It totally represents Mr Mouse as I had envisaged him. In a lot of the stories there is always time for tea and cake.
My books are suitable for all ages, whether you have a young one you enjoy reading to at bedtime or whether they are a self-reader.
Although this is a children's short novel, some sentences, and even whole paragraphs, rhyme. As Mr Mouse started his life as a character in a poem, it seemed fitting to leave rhymes in the book.
I can't wait for you all to meet Mr. Mouse. I have already started a new children’s short novel, Mr Mouse builds a bridge. A third book is also in production, which is a child’s picture book and introduces you to Mr Mouses children called Meet the Children.
The first chapter ends where Mouse, Frog and Bee become good friends, they bond over cake and tea, and this illustration depicts it beautifully.
"Over afternoon tea, the new-found friends grew fond of each other and exclaimed, “Let us agree, we will be friends for all eternity."