December 6 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A former Upminster resident has published her first children’s book.
Julie Earle, 37, wrote The Magical Gate after being inspired by her father Michael Wadhams, 65, who told her fairy tales when she was a child.
Now she has a sequel and other books in the works after signing a five-year partnership with Melrose Books.
Julie, who lived in Upminster until she married her husband Stan, 55, 16 years ago, said: “I think it was really my husband who put the idea in my head.
“I have always loved writing stories, but I didn’t think I could write a book.
“But one day I was watching my children playing in the garden. I looked at our tree and thought I’d like to write a fairy book.”
The book’s protagonist is Amy, nine, who passes through a sparkling gate and finds herself in fairyland, where a goblin called Shadow is plotting to take the place for his own.
Julie, who has four children, Rebekah, 15, Mike, 12, Jacob, seven, and Jack, six, crafted the story with elements of her father’s tales and her own ideas.
She said: “I think it was little things my dad used to say. A toadstool grew in our garden and he said if you touch it the evil goblin will come and put a nasty spell on you.
“He also used to say if rose petals were on the ground that a fairy’s just got married. My imagination was filled constantly.”
Julie, who now lives in South Ockendon, hopes to continue writing children’s books, but she would also like to tackle other genres.
“I would love to do a good crime story, a proper murder mystery,” she said.
“I did start on one but it frightened my husband to pieces!”
Visit www.themagicalgate.co.uk to find out more about Julie and her book.
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