Story book is tribute to mum who loved children

Story book is tribute to mum who loved children

by Henry James (October 2020)

A WOMAN  from Aughton has paid tribute to her mum who loved children by writing a book for young people.

Sue Smith, 66, began work on Fishcake Harry in September 2019 after her mum, Marjorie Casey, died at the age of 83.

She will officially launch  the book on what would have been her mum’s birthday – November 21 with all proceeds of the book going to Alder Hey Children’s charity.

Sue said: “After spending most of my time with my mum I now had time on my hands, so as a distraction from the sadness I began to write short stories about a fictional character called Fishcake Harry and his friends.

“This character came from my childhood when my late dad told us of his work friend who was nicknamed Fishcake Harry because every day at work he ate a fishcake for lunch, and never ate anything else.

“My mum loved children especially her grandchildren. I often found her playing games with them in her 80s.

“Inside each chapter of the book is a moral i.e. Kindness, Thoughtfulness and Care, all of which mum instilled in me and my four siblings.”

Sue wrote the chapters of the book in the evenings after work, but when the country went into lockdown at the start of the pandemic she was furloughed from work and had more time to write.

Sue added: “I wrote the chapters of the book in the evenings after work, but Covid-19 came along and I was furloughed, this gave me the time to finish the chapters and acquire the illustrations.”

She used Skelmersdale illustrator, John Fuller, and a Burscough publisher, Debbie McGowan from Beaten Track Publishing on Fishcake Harry.

To order a copy of the book email fishcakeharry@btinternet.com.

The Fishcake Harry website will be live soon too at www.fishcakeharry.com

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