I self-published Strange Tales in the Dales in May, a collection of children’s stories for 7-11s. Walk with Georgie and Joe as time shifts, gryphons fly and gargoyles come to life. Travel with Jack and the ghost, ride with the headless horseman. Meet the housekeeper who doesn’t know she’s dead and discover ghosts on bridges and in big houses.
The Chez Castillon and Dark Angels experiences really focussed me and gave me that ‘lift’ that I needed in confidence to finally crack on and put my story-walk tales in a book. They’ve been road-tested with 7-11s and their feedback has shaped some of the tales. However, a third of customers so far are adults buying for themselves.
I’m working on Book 2, Strange Tales in Bradford Dale – so it will become a series as there seems nothing aimed at children about local myths/legends. Book1 is inspired by the landscape, legends and buildings of Swaledale, Wensleydale and Richmond and, like 26 Pairs of Eyes, it’s encouraged people to look again at local places and buildings they use.