Former radiographer self-publishes children’s book
INSPIRED by a personal experience, former radiographer Kathy Hill has written, illustrated and self-published a children’s book titled Gogo and the Upside Down Umbrella.
“I’ve always wanted to write children’s stories and I thought I would do just that for my grandson on his second birthday in June this year,” said Hill.
What started out as a grandmother’s birthday gift to her grandson has now become a great venture into children’s literature. After a short while, the leading provider of supported self-publishing services in the UK, Author House, took an interest in Hill’/s story.
Taking the idea for the story from a rainy day spent in London with her young Grandson Q, Hill is delighted at where this venture has taken her.
“It was a miserable day and I was carrying a shopping bag, my handbag and an umbrella while with my grandson. Out of nowhere the wind just blew my umbrella inside out,” said Hill as she reminisced about the inspiration for the story.
“It’s been a journey and it has also been costly, but really worth every penny. It’s taken me in a completely new and different direction and I’m quite excited to see what comes next.”
While focusing on Gogo and Q’s day tackling the miserable rainy weather, the story is also an expression of how precious water is.
Having received 110 copies, Hill has slowly started to promote and sell her book through Facebook and various contacts via Author House.
She hopes to sell many more copies and dreams of writing a series of Gogo stories for children.
“I have many other Gogo stories in the pipeline and I hope that through this journey someone recognises the potential of these stories. I’d love for it to one day become a TV series, that’s my big hope. If you’re going to dream, you may as well dream big, right?” said Hill.