A young Keynsham mother is celebrating the success of her first children’s book.
Paris Lerway, 25, who writes under her memorable maiden name of Paris Brosnan, has penned a book called Billy Bee – Sugar Plums & Honey. Her son Olly loves the story, which is about making friends.
Paris says she got the confidence to send off a sample of her book to a couple of publishers after she appeared on the ITV game show Tipping Point last April and which was aired earlier this month. The money she won – more than £2,000 – went towards her wedding to husband Nathan.
Paris says she did a bit of research into publishers who might be interested in her short rhyming story but it really was “pot luck”. Within two weeks, she’d had a call from one of the publishers – London-based Austin Macauley – to say they were interested. By August she’d signed a contract and her book is due out this month.
Paris, who currently works in healthcare, has always loved creative writing. She sometimes gets inspiration in the middle of the night and has to get up and write down her ideas. “I don’t know where it comes from,” she admits.
Paris went to St John’s Primary and then Wellsway School in Keynsham before she moved to Hanham High (now Hanham Woods). After school, she went to college to study art and design and says she had a very clear idea of how her book had to look.
“It truly feels like you are in partnership with the publisher as every idea is respected and brought to life. The layout of the book and the illustrations were all ideas of mine. They asked me styles of illustrations I like and I told them I like the vintage/ watercolour style as opposed to bold 3D style pictures. The font was changed twice to something I felt 100% happy with. I wanted the book to look exactly how I’d pictured it would while I wrote the story. I admit I was very picky!”
Paris has written several other short rhyming stories and depending on how sales of Billy Bee go, Austin Macauley may publish more of her work.