Since I moved to Devon in 2003, I have enjoyed eating the best breakfasts, discovered the history of the area and played on most of the beaches around the South West. My family enjoys living down here, and my Speedy Piran's Little Adventures series shows how much we get out exploring each weekend.
As any children's book publisher will tell you (if you can ever get to talk to one), never say that you wrote your books for your children. But of course, that is just how it started - a few simple stories about a boat we liked when we visited the seaside one day. Now, several years later it has turned into a fully interactive adventure story richly woven with the history of Cornwall.
The adventures are structured in three parts:
There are 3 books set in Treeth, a fictional seaside town on the south coast of Cornwall. These are interactive and a great introduction to the characters - ideal for younger children.
Then there are 7 books set around the north and west coast of Cornwall including Bude, St Agnes, Crantock, Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge, Perranporth, St Ives, St Levan, Mousehole, Newlyn and St Michael's Mount. As well as being separate stories celebrating the myths and legends of the area, these books contain clues that point to the location of St Piran's Lost Church.
Finally the location of the Lost Church is revealed in the big adventure, in which my characters take the credit for the work done by the St Piran Trust. As compensation for this I have included a link to their website at the end of the book.
I was conscious that the more of the great stories from Cornwall that I wanted to include, the further away I was moving from a simple book for children. In the end I took comfort in the fact that the best stories in my family are the ones I read aloud to my children and repeat on demand, so this is how it should be with Speedy Piran too.
However, to make so many tales digestible to younger ears, I introduced three different 'depths' of story: First time - for first time readers of any age; More Story - to provide the greater detail, The Lost Church - with the clues revealed.
I think that the result takes full advantage the new technologies offered by ebooks and the readers (Kindle devices, iPads and phones too) - Interactive stories to be read by all the family, where ever you want to, especially when you're on holiday in Cornwall!