My Friday Read this week is a picture book called Sue's Cats by Peter Dean. It is a tale of a group of cats who explore a magical environment in the landscape of a Cyprus hillside. Peter has pledged a donation of £1 for every book sold to the Hillingdon brain tumour and injury group - a charity closely associated to the Uxbridge Amblers walking football club.
It is based on a real environment with real people and the three cats who all live in this magical place. The book is suitable for children aged 4-9.
Sue's Cats is Peter's first book. His second book is A Letter to Grandpa, a heartwarming tale of a bear family trying to persuade their grandpa, who is on his own, to come and live with them. This book is for ages 2 to 6 years.
If you'd like to purchase one of the books then contact Peter via his Facebook page or email:
Facebook Page - Peter Dean-Books
Email - email@example.com
I am 60 years of age and have been married to my wife Sharon for 39 years. She has been very supportive to my hobby and helped immensely with the distribution of the books. I have always worked in the building trade but am now happily retired. I enjoy golf and I am involved with the Uxbridge Amblers walking football club.
I asked Peter to tell us a bit about himself
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I started writing one year ago at the age of 59. Previous to that I had no inclination to write and had no inspiration from other authors. Once I started writing it seemed to release something within me and apart from children's stories I began to write poems, songs and short stories.
What made you start writing?
It all started when an artist friend of mine was drawing some illustrations for a children's book. It prompted me to have a go at writing my own children's story, the subject being my artist friends three cats, one of which is particularly mischievous. As soon as I started writing, the story flowed.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I then went on to write another nine follow up stories which I hope to make into a series. My second children's book was the result of making a story to fit a redundant set of illustrations. The result was rewarding and hopefully will lead to another series of stories.
What did you find useful when writing your book?
I think that observing my own grandchildren helped me greatly to understand what might work.
What made you self-publish your books?
I decided to have my books printed myself as the process of self publishing online did not seem to suit my books. It's not the normal approach to publishing but it made it happen for me.
Has the venture been successful? Would you recommend self-publishing?
The books were available to me in the second week of July 2016 and in the first four weeks I sold over 200 books, mainly through social media. I would strongly recommend this route rather than let an idea become dormant.
Ultimately I would like to get taken on by a publisher but if not, I am happy to carry on self publishing.
Do you have a special place to write?
I don't have a special time of day or place to write. An idea may come at any time and that is where my mobile phone is invaluable. I will make a note of an idea and expand on it later when the time feels right.
What top tip would you give to other writers?
Writing for me is a relaxing escape and I since I started, a number of people have told me how they have wanted to write too. I would advise anyone to put pen to paper or finger to phone!
An inspiring story! Thanks for dropping by, Peter. Wishing you lots of sales!