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PUBLISHED: 16:31 14 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

Annie Stewart's book The Adventures of Wilf

Annie Stewart's book The Adventures of Wilf

Ever thought about writing a book? Children's author Annie Stewart tells how a fun project opened up a whole new chapter in her life

Ever thought about writing a book? Children's author Annie Stewart tells how a fun project opened up a whole new chapter in her life




ANNIE STEWART The Adventures of Wilf




The book
The Adventures Of Wilf are four short stories about a mischievous Border Terrier and his gang of close friends including his girlfriend Maisie, a feisty West Highland Terrier. Wilf means well but somehow always ends up in trouble. Here he tackles a burglary, rescues a baby swan, takes an unexpected balloon ride and spends a lot of time thinking about bones and sausages. The stories are funny and appeal to all ages but especially young children who will love Wilfs adventures.
The idea for my book started as a dream I had about a friends dog. I woke up full of character names and ideas and the writing spread from there. My stories are inspired by Suffolk countryside and, in a way, are a soap opera for canines. Wilf and his friend experience a range of emotions throughout the stories and it makes me very happy when children start to identify the messages which run through each story.


The writing/publishing process
All my writing is done at home in my garden shed, scribbled in longhand before I rewrite it all on computer to make sure it flows effectively. My book started out as a fun project until an illustrator friend of mine and her employer suggested I sent the stories to Book Guild Publishing who agreed to publish them. They put me in touch with a wonderful illustrator named Michael Avery and thats when things really took off for Wilf. The Book Guild have been incredibly supportive, which is what a first time author really needs as, since its publication, I have visited schools and appeared at signings, which can be very daunting without help from many people. Writing about Wilf has opened up a whole new chapter in my own life as I met my fiance at Bury Waterstones whilst promoting my book. So who knows, the next instalment could be Wilf Gets Hitched!


Annie Stewart lives in Long Melford

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