A BEARSDEN woman who started a new career as a children’s writer a few years ago is going to launch her second book at Milngavie Bookshop this month.
Gayle Clark (60) wrote her first and second books ‘Monty’s Big Surprise’ and ‘Monty and the Pudding’ eight years ago at a creative writing course at Kilmardinny Arts Centre in Bearsden but it took her a while to publish them as she didn’t know how to do it.
She said: “I had planned to illustrate them myself but my skills were not up to scratch.
“One day when I was surfing the internet I came across Martin Teviotdale, a professional illustrator, who was incredibly patient with me and helped me through the whole process.
“I didn’t want to beg someone to take the book on so I set up my own publishing company Wee Mackay Publishing, as Mackay is my maiden name.”
Gayle, a former nurse, says she was inspired to produce the books by her “ever expanding family”.
When she attended the creative writing course she didn’t have any grandchildren and now she has eight ranging from eight months old to eight years old.
As they grew up she was determined to give something “real and tangible” to her grandkids.
She added: “The classes helped me do things I didn’t think I was capable of.
“I wanted to do this for my grandchildren but it had just been an idea for so long, I didn’t know how to make it a reality.”
Monty and the Pudding tells the story of Monty the Dalmation dog and his friends who live on Cherry Tree Farm as they set off for a picnic on a hot summers’s day.
The story, which involves Monty learning a valuable lesson that will resonate with children and adults of all ages, has been described as ‘comic and vividly depicted’.
Gayle will be at Milngavie Bookshop on Saturday, March 23 from 11am to 3pm to do readings at 11.30am and 1.30pm - she would also be happy to sign copies of the book.
STORYTELLER . . . children’s author Gayle with Monty and the Pudding.