Gayle pens first children’s book

Gayle Clarke Author with her first book'em'12/12/11
Gayle Clarke Author with her first book'em'12/12/11

A BEARSDEN woman has started a new career as a children’s author - and she says she has her six grandchildren to thank for it.

Gayle Clark has just published Monty’s Big Surprise, her first book, and she said it was her “ever expanding family” who were her inspiration.

The former nurse created the story in her head six years ago during a period of illness - and she says it would have probably stayed there had she not been determined to give something “real and tangible” to her grandkids.

She attends writing classes at Kilmardinny Arts Centre in Bearsden and it was through going to these she worked up the confidence to try to get her work in to print.

Gayle (60) said: “The classes helped me do things I didn’t think I was capable of and I recommend them very highly.

“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.”

After gaining the confidence to go ahead, she did some research and found an illustrator - Martin Teviotdale - who also helped her sculpt her vision.

She set up her own publishing company, called Wee Mackay, and got the book into print.

Gayle added: “I couldn’t believe it when I took delivery of the books. It’s quite something else when this thing that has lived inside youur head for so long suddenly becomes something real.”

Monty’s Big Surprise tells the story of Monty the Dalmatian dog and his friends who live on Cherry Tree Farm and it has been described as ‘full of fun and laughter for younger children’.

Gayle said: “My family have been so supportive and enthusiastic, they’re behind me all the way. Doing this is really like fulfilling a dream.”

The book, priced £5.50, is available from Milngavie Bookshop or from

Call 777 3091 to find out more about classses at Kilmardinny Arts Centre.