His daughter is on fire for writing

Amanda Edwards, of Great Wyrley, who wrote a children’s book inspired by her daughter Emily

And as she imagined her little girl, growing older and becoming curious about the world around her, the idea for a story began to sprout in her head.

Amanda had spent many hours writing poetry and trivia during her teenage years, but quit writing to pursue her career in law.

As an adult, she was always an avid reader, enjoying the smell and feel of real books.

While on maternity leave with her first child, Emily, she suddenly felt inspired to start writing again. “I loved writing when I was much younger, especially poetry because I was interested in rhyme and rhythm. I started my career in law and writing was put on hold until I took a break to have my first child.

“She was one of those babies who didn’t sleep well, so I spent a lot of time in the quiet and dark thinking. I imagined my little girl as she grew up and the idea of ​​a story formed in my mind and my passion for writing was rekindled,” says Amanda, who lives in Great Wyrley.

The 34-year-old kept the story to herself for a long time – Emily is now 11 – as she didn’t feel confident enough to share it with anyone else, but would continue to add to it from time to time. time.

“I lacked confidence in my abilities. I didn’t know if people would get the same happiness out of it because it was my little girl,” says Amanda, who is also mum to seven-year-old Layla and three-year-old Eddy.

After much research and convincing herself that others might also enjoy the story, the property rights attorney plucked up the courage to submit her story to Austin Macauley’s editors, then nervously waited for their feedback.

“To my delight they agreed to publish it and commented on the warmth of my writing,” she told Weekend.

Turning her story into an illustrated children’s book took longer than normal due to Covid, so Amanda was delighted when The Magic of Jack was finally published a few weeks ago. The back cover reads: “When Emily and her mouse wake up one morning, they look out the window to see the floor covered in sparkling white crystals, the frozen pond with a glass top and cobwebs hanging from the trees like diamond necklaces. .

“They can’t help but wonder who made the world so beautiful while they sleep, but they plan to find out as they wait for Jack Frost. Emily and her mouse want to catch Jack in action and they aren’t disappointed with what they find… Join Emily and her mouse as they embark on a jelly-like adventure with Jack Frost.

Amanda says she was “amazed” by the response to her book, which included a five-star online review from a happy grandparent who enjoyed reading the story to her granddaughter.

“I haven’t told a lot of people about the book because of the pandemic and other things going on, so people were really surprised. I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the positive comments and kudos from people. People ordered the book from afar. It’s a special story for me because it’s about my Emily, so it means a lot that people have been so positive about it and are enjoying it with their kids and grandkids,” said Amanda, who is hosting a book launch at Olde Wyrley Hall today. .

Being able to hold the book in her hands and share it with her three children has given her a real sense of accomplishment.

“The kids have been great. They keep telling me how proud they are of me. I feel like I’ve accomplished something because I showed them that when you have confidence in your abilities, you can do great things. Emily brought the book to school and read it to the class and Layla started writing her own story.

Over the next few months, Amanda will visit local schools, read her story with younger children, and talk about motivation with older children.

“For younger children it would be the rhyming element of the story and finding similar words and for older children it would be showing them what they can do when they get into it. I’m really looking forward to it.”

She also plans to develop ideas for future books, including more adventures with Emily in spring, summer, and fall, and one inspired by her youngest daughter, Layla.

“Layla was diagnosed with diabetes last year. It came out of nowhere so it was a real shock,” she explains. “We searched online for products that would make it easier for all children to explain. There are lots of funky products for her to keep her insulin on and there was literature, but not a lot for kids.

“I want to do something fun to explain to adults and children about diabetes, how it affects you as a child and how you can still do all the things you want to do. It would be a children’s book, a adventure story that shows kids that even if they have diabetes, they can still have fun.

Jack’s Magic can be ordered at austinmacauley.com/book/magic-jack and for more information visit amandaedwards.ampbk.com