There is a big difference between writing for children and writing for adults, especially when writing for the younger end of the spectrum. Not only is the subject matter different but you tend to forget not all children know the words you take for granted! Mind you, some adults don't always know the words I take for granted. And likewise, when editing I have found words that I did not know and have to check before continuing.
This difference is one of the reasons I have chosen to use my maiden name for my children's books. (I'm assuming, here, that they will be popular enough to warrant more than one! We shall see.) So when you see the name A P Lanstone, it is me!
The other main difference between adult and children's books is that children like to look at pictures and I can't draw to save my life. I mean that. If I had to draw a diagram to tell someone how to rescue me from kidnappers, I'd be dead! So imagine my joy at finding an illustrator who makes pictures exactly how I imagine them! Ann H Griffiths came to me in a very roundabout way for advice on publishing and now she has done some wonderful pictures for my story.
At the moment the book is only available as an ebook. We are working on the idea of making a printed version in black and white so that children can colour in the pictures themselves. We will see.
So what is the book called?
It's FantasmaGONE! and the Pirates. It's about a little girl who finds a strange creature in her Aunt's garden. A creature that can change shape, turn invisible and fly. Oh, and can time travel too!
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