One of my earliest memories is of being lost in a market. One minute I was holding my mum’s hand. The next moment I looked up, only to realize that the owner of the hand I was holding WASN’T my mum!
All I recall after that was being pushed and joustled by passing people. My head was the same height as people’s hips and the world of grown ups seemed to be way up above me.
It felt as though I was drowning in a river of people!
It is this memory that has inspired one of my latest children’s books. I say “latest”, but to be honest I created this book several years ago, when I was pregnant with Rowan. A little while ago I pulled it out of my art file and decided that it was about time this book was bound and turned into the gorgeous, vibrant creation that it was born to be ….
This book is no ordinary book. To begin with, it has no title … or author and is completely interactive. Designed for young aspiring authors to pen themselves, the child looks through the book, decides what the story line should be, then uses the spaces available to write the text in their own words. They can use their own language, their own handwriting and their own ideas to style their book in whichever way they choose.
My current working title for the series is NAME YOUR BOOK. So far I haven’t managed to come up with anything else. I have plans to create a whole series of books designed around the same concept but I can’t progress until I have a better title for the series. I want something that sounds really juicy and creative … perhaps something with the word “budding” in as it reminds me of Grow Your Own Gorgeousness.
Do you have any ideas? If you do, please let me know. I’m going to send a signed copy of Grow Your Own Gorgeousness to the person that sparks off the winning name, so get your thinking caps on all of you gorgeous creatives and tell me what you think!