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NEWS RELEASE (sent out from Alzheimer’s Research UK)
Alzheimer’s Research UK to benefit from Suffolk author’s latest children’s book

An established author, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, has published a children’s book and all proceeds from book sales will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. With more than 30 years’ experience working in the care sector Suzan Collins has met many people dealing with dementia, which has motivated her to support the UK’s leading dementia research charity and bring new treatments closer.

The book Little Kitty – the Cat Burglar is aimed at seven to nine year olds (and adults will like it too!) and follows the adventures of Little Kitty told through the voices of eight writers. The cover for the book has been created by designer Rachel Lawston who also worked on the covers of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s children’s novels The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy. Sir Terry Pratchett was a patron of Alzheimer’s Research UK until he passed away with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) in March this year.

Speaking about her reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, Suzan said:

“During my time working in the care sector I have come into contact with many people living with dementia. It is a devastating condition and one where there are still huge advances to be made in the understanding of the disease processes.

Alongside my career as an author and ex-manager of care homes I now specialise as a consultant and trainer in social care. The funds raised from this book will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK as myself and the other contributing writers all firmly believe that research holds the answer to dementia. It is vital that more money is invested in dementia research so that the treatments that are so desperately needed and can change the lives of so many people can be discovered.”

Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are very grateful to Suzan and all of the writers involved in creating this book and for giving their time (free) and donating all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The money raised from book sales will help provide crucial resources for our scientists and fund many hours of pioneering research work, driving the next breakthrough.”

“There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, including nearly 12,000 people in Suffolk. Research has the power to defeat dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely entirely on public donations to fund our world class research and it’s thanks to the support of people like Suzan that we’re able to continue our crucial work.”

Joining Suzan in this marvellous project:

Local authors: Lucille Rayner, Ros Lyons, Ann Bowyer Jo Wilde.

Other authors (from across the country): JB Johnston, Tracy Terry and Tottie Limejuice in France.

Editor: Jaine Keskeys  Illustrator: Catie Atkinson.’

Authors (L-R) Ann Bowyer, Lucille Rayner and I met with Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer last week.

 ann jess lucille and suzan 30th Oct 2015

When I first asked some of the writers to join me in this fab project I was delighted when people said they would, as time went on I was overwhelmed by just how many people were giving their time and skills for FREE! (I did shed a few tears fortunately no-ne saw). We didn’t know how the story would end, we just followed on from the chapter before and it is actually a very good book (but please don’t just take my word for it …)

Little Kitty – the Cat Burglar is available to buy now on Amazon in both paperback and ebook/kindle and costs £5.00 and … ALL royalties go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Oh and there’s more … it’s an ideal Christmas present.

Jess and Ann five pound Little Kitty book

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Kitty-Burglar-Suzan-Collins-ebook/dp/B017I34XEU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1446543305&sr=8-2&keywords=little+kitty+the+cat+burglar

LITTLE KITTY CVR FINAL

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It is called Chatty Cat: Spring into Summer.

Chatty Cat~Spring into Summer~draft FRONT cover

The second in the Chatty Cat series follows Chatty through spring and summer in her new home as she gradually learns to relax and enjoy her surroundings. “The sun has warmed up the ground and now the sun is shining on my tummy and making it nice and warm. It’s all quiet in the garden and I fall asleep. I am dreaming…” Life still holds a few surprises for Chatty, with new friends and new experiences. Chatty Cat is a real rescue cat in a real home and her adventures provide a useful guide to caring for your pet. It’s not just a manual – but it will help you look after your cat. It’s not just a story – but you can read it like one. It’s not just a children’s book – but children of all ages will love it, and so will adults. The author has a real knack for getting into Chatty Cat’s head and explaining her behaviour in ways that everyone can recognise.

Available in Paperback and ebook

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I met children’s author, TERRY TARBOX, and his ‘marketing-agent’ and wife, Lily. Lily paid for the drinks and cakes, and they were lovely. Thank you, Lily.

Welcome, Terry, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and how, and why, you become a children’s Terry Tarboxauthor?

I have always shared my stories and rhymes with my nieces and nephews and the children of friends and family so when I retired it just seemed to follow that I would put them down on paper so more children could enjoy them.

I blame Spike Milligan, the Goon Show and Monty Python for the level of humour in these tall tales and rhymes. I go into schools to read to the children and they love it. They write me letters, telling me how much they enjoy my visits and my stories.

What was the first story you wrote?

The first story I wrote was Willigrews and Skraks. This story introduces all the Willigrews characters and is in The Willigrews book.

What other books have you written?

My Mate Joe and Other Rhymes, a book of nursery rhymes and poems for 5-11 years.           My Mate Joe

I am a member of the Lowestoft Writing Group and I co-authored Colours of the Coast. We have penned another book and it should be available very soon.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

 My teacher, Mr. Starling, at school noticed I was keen on English. I wrote a short story called, ‘The Rescue’, a ghost story and he was really impressed with it. He asked me to read it out to the class, which I did, and I‘ve been hooked ever since.

What do you like about writing a story?

It’s fun, I enjoy writing about weird things.

What genre best fits for the book?

 Comedy adventures for children 5-11 years.

 Are you working on something new at the moment?

 Another story book. It has 6 stories in it and am also writing another rhyme book.

 Children who have a sense of humour will find them really funny, they are full of silliness and kids love them.

All my books have illustrations in them. My niece is an illustrator and she does my illustrations for me. She’s brilliant. I tell her all about the characters and somehow she comes up with the illustrations. Wendy Wheatley. www.wwdesign.co.uk

How did you come up with the story?

 Many of my ideas come from the children.

Think of a situation, for example, a dragon, characteristics in his head, a threat and it carries on from there.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

 I encourage children to write. My mission is to get children to write. If I create one writer, I will be happy.

What is your writing routine?

I don’t have a routine. I write when I want too.

Do you have an editing process?

I edit and then my wife, Lily, reads it through for me. Lily is very good.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

The thing I enjoy most about writing is having a story to read to children.

I enjoy everything about writing, especially now as I self-publish and I can write a book and get it onto Amazon within a short space of time.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

It’s crucial, that’s why I write.

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Be prepared for lots of silliness and enjoy them. Anything can happen.

 Where you can find Terry:

On the Blyth Valley Community Radio every third Wednesday of the month at 12 noon.  www.blythvalleycommunityradio.co.uk

Website: www.willigrews.co.uk

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/terry.tarbox.7?fref=ts

Twitter: @willigrews

My Mate Joe

The Willigrews    Terry Tarbox~Colours of the coast~Anthology 1

Where you can buy Terry’s books:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/fpUURH

Website: www.willigrews.co.uk

 Some WH Smiths shops

Some holiday parks

Thank you, Terry, I have really enjoyed this interview and thank you again, Lily, for the tea and cake.

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