Hello everyone, I'm Eireann Littlefield, a new children's book author. Thank you for visiting Maisie's website!
I'd like to tell you a bit about how the Maisie the Animal Minder book series came into being from simple thoughts to published books. I hope you find it interesting.
A bit about me...
I have been a full time animal minder for a number of years now. Both of my children had left home and I had been made redundant, so to find myself without a job or children was a bit of a strange feeling. I had looked after friend’s animals, having dogs to stay in my house with me, and popping round to their houses to look after their cats. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office and wondered if I could earn a living doing the work that I loved. I then happily discovered Animal Aunts and applied to work for them. They accepted me and I have been working for them full time ever since. I rented out my house, put my belongings into storage and have travelled the country ever since! I do miss having a home, but every where I stay is my home, and I have lots of regulars who I return to time after time, so much so my diary is pretty well booked up several months at a time.
So, how did the Maisie the Animal Minder picture book series come about?
A couple of years ago I was telling some friends about some of the things that had recently happened to me while working, and they all thought they were very funny and somewhat unusual! Someone suggested writing a book. The seed was planted and gradually the stories evolved into a series of illustrated picture book stories for children aged 3-6 years. Although younger and older children love the books too!
The characters and illustrations in the books...
The book series characters are Maisie a little girl, her Mum and their two cats, who travel with them in their red camper van called Cherry. Maisie and her Mum look after peoples animals when they go away.
All based on my life and work and so the Maisie the Animal Minder children's picture book series was born.
I found a truly wonderful illustrator and Maisie came to life on paper and is published and available to buy now through Amazon.
It has been and still is a most exciting experience. There are many more stories to come!
Love E x