Children’s author Lorna McCann is heading on a tour of Shropshire schools in the new year to share her passion for reading and writing.
The mum-of-two, who writes fun and engaging stories for children aged 3 to 7, will be using the tour to promote her new picture book ‘Felix – the small boy with the BIG imagination’ and any schools interested in an author visit from Lorna are encouraged to get in touch.
It follows the success of Lorna’s first book ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’ which was published in November 2016 and is currently an Amazon Bestseller in its category.
The 37-year-old, who has been shortlisted for a Businesses for Children Award 2018, was inspired to start writing books for children after making a promise to her own two boys, Lucas (6) and Finn (5).
Lorna said: “ I’ve always loved snuggling up with the boys at bedtime with our favourite books. They have wonderful imaginations so we also like to make up stories together. ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’ started life as an oral story which I used to retell to the boys but then one day they asked me to make it into a book.
“Without thinking I said ‘yes’ and that’s where my journey to becoming a children’s author began. At first I didn’t quite know where to start but then I met my editor Sue Miller, who is the founder of Team Author UK, and within a year of making that promise to the boys ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’ had gone from being a story in my head to a physical book.
“I’ve had an incredible year sharing the story, not only with Lucas and Finn, but with lots of other children in schools and nurseries across the county and I’m looking forward to getting back on the road in the new year with my second book ‘Felix’.”
Author visits aim to encourage a love of reading and writing among young children and Lorna is passionate about getting the children to use their own imaginations and think creatively.
As well as writing books Lorna, from Childs Ercall, near Newport, also runs her own public relations company Lorna McCann PR and forms part of the marketing team for Team Author UK – an alliance of professionals helping writers to self-publish books.
Through her specialist PR work, she has become a champion for other writers in Shropshire and beyond, helping to raise the profile of successful indie-authors.