Peter Brighouse is hoping to be discovered.
Several generations of cats have inspired the stories which show a zoologist's take on garden wild-life plus a modern day touch of Beatrix Potter style anthropomorphism.
Each book is far more than a main-stream publisher's aim of up to 1000 words and there are no wall-to-wall garish illustrations. The stories can be read by a bright 5 or 6 year old and easily enjoyed by a parent reading to a child, since there are hidden facets of humour that perhaps only the adult would notice.
The author finds the writing easy, with the quality to be decided by yourselves; the illustrations and drawings most enjoyable to produce; the graphic design manageable, (after a career in computers), but the marketing most difficult.
Printed versions of the books are available over ebay from Mr Squimps Shop
In our fictional feline world we now have six cats:
Mopprag (based upon Moppet) - the matriarch of the group, a proper lady, who stands no nonsense and expects to be treated in a respectable manner;
Tigtoes (based upon Tigger) - very fit, bouncy and daft, with orange stripes;
Squimps (based upon Simpkin) - a wise gentle animal, very affectionate, the non-identical twin brother of Tigtoes;
Bullpuss (based upon The Bullpuss) - a rehabilitated stray from the wilds of Fallowfield, very large, very street-wise, with a fine line in wise-cracks;
Tabitha (based upon Tabitha Twitchit) - a small dark stripy rescue cat, who likes her own way with most things and is often affronted if that doesn't happen;
Mungojerrie (based upon Mungojerrie, since we gave up bothering about copyright on famous felines' names) - the tallest ginger cat we have seen with a fluffy tail that reaches so high you can take him for walks on his built in lead.
Louisa's Ginger Nuts series are written in memory of our daughter, Louisa Elaine whom we lost to a brain tumour in 1996.
There are three themes or design windows: a) the main one is books suitable for a wide range of children's ages; b) the newest theme is books suitable for the very youngest reader, who are usually being helped; c) the jokes in certain books are within the understanding of grandparents' generations - the author apologies but cannot resist nodding in the direction of the Great American Song Book and the comedy greats from Britain and the US.