I am over the moon happy, proud and excited to announce my first children’s picture book “Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny” is OUT NOW!
Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny are two very happy friends, who are sad for not being accepted in their hometown Cutlery. They decide to leave, but as it turns out, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Home is where the heart is.
Let me tell you, this was a crazy rollercoaster of feelings from the moment I got the idea until hitting that “publish” button.
It all started last year when I got the idea for this story early Autumn 2019. I was watching Peppa Pig with my kids, and this episode about nursery rhymes came up. Most of them I had never heard before. But this particular nursery rhyme, about a plate running away with a spoon, stuck with me. At first, I thought it was so silly. But as the week progressed I couldn’t get it out of my head – a plate ran away with a spoon. Silly? Nop. Brilliant!
So one evening, I took a piece of paper and a pen, and I sat in my chair. I had to get this idea out of my system. And I wrote the first half of the story that evening and the second half of the story the next evening. It just wrote itself.
I have a lot of short stories buried on my computer that I like. But this one just stood out, and I couldn’t let it become one of the forgotten files. So I decided – I will publish it! After a few edits and helping hand from fellow writers and editor, I had the story polished.
The next step was the illustrations. Soon enough, after checking around, I realised I would draw them myself. I’m not a Picasso, nor Monet but I got inspired, and my style is very much influenced by my childhoods favourite illustrator and writer Margarita Stāraste. She did the most beautiful illustrations I had ever seen; they were unique and one of a kind.
I had a clear vision of how I wanted the illustrations to look, and it took me a month to finish them. I thought that drawing and colouring was the hardest part. I was wrong! Then came formatting, text style, font, size, blur or no blur, page design… that was overwhelming. That took me another month.
Just before Christmas “Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny” was finished. I was in love with the book. Still am.
I choose to go with self-publishing with Amazon Kdp.
All and all, it was a learning experience, at times head-wrecking, but totally worth it. I could not be happier. It is my daughter’s favourite book at the moment. And it melts my heart when she says “Where is Spoony? I want mammy’s book.” Too cute!
Go ahead, don’t be shy and get yourself a copy of Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny
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