This week we caught up with Carole Morton, mother, dog-lover and author/illustrator, to discover the inspiration behind her adorable book. Another of our local, Welsh-based authors, we're very excited to find out what happens to Bailey next!
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi all, my name is Carole and I’m an author (not an alcoholic). Haha - sounds like an intro at an AA meeting!
I don’t really class myself as an author though, as I’ve only had the one children’s picture and verse book published, so far, with the help of the amazing Rowanvale Books.
I’m pretty ordinary - a wife, mother and 'nanny', who loves my family, animals (especially dogs), and holidays in the sun, which obviously are on hold for the unforeseen future!
What first inspired you to start writing?
The book idea started when my 7-year-old granddaughter Anaïs finally got her wish and was presented with a cute bundle of fur, a Cockapoo pup, who she named Bailey.
The love they share touched my heart and I wrote a poem about Baileys life journey, which I gave to Anaïs.
She loved it, and her mum (my daughter Zoë) took it to work, to show the girls in her office. They said it was great and I should write a book about it!
So Zoë sent the poem to Rowanvale Books to see what they thought, they got in touch with me, and it went from there!
What made you want to work with Rowanvale to be published?
The staff at Rowanvale were so friendly and helped me through every stage of the process, which was completely alien to me and added a very personal touch. I couldn’t have done it without them!
When you’re not writing, what are you reading?
My personal taste in reading material is mostly a good psychological thriller or occasionally a historic novel. James Patterson and Stephen King are old favourites of mine.
Which work are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of my published book and did my own marketing (with the help and advice of the girls at Rowanvale). The book launch was in a small, independent book shop called “Cover to Cover Bookshop” in my local village of Mumbles, in Swansea.
It was quite a success and many books were sold.
Two local libraries have copies of and it’s available to order from Waterstones and Amazon too.
What’s one thing you always have with you when you’re writing?
The illustrations in my book came from my own pencil sketches, which my two nephews put colour to, using their computer.
I always had my iPad to hand when sketching, so I could look things up, like the angle of an arm when running, or a facial expression.
I wouldn’t have been able to afford a professional artist but I’m quite happy with how they turned out, luckily!
What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?
I think, if I was stuck on a desert island, I’d take a copy of The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. I read it many, many years ago, and loved it, and possibly a nice thick Stephen King novel!
What is the best part about being an independently published author?
I think the best part of being an independently published author is that I could choose everything about the book myself. The colours, the size and placement of the verse - everything! All to my own taste!
What’s next for you?
I do hope, sometime in the near future, to publish a second book in the series. I have the verse and some sketches ready, but as I’ve found out, these things take time, and a lot of work is involved!