Sheila Dane has just published her first book Fairy Hunters, Ink. it is a delightful romp into the fairy world. Although billed officially as a children’s book I think it should appeal to children of all ages.

I had the chance to sit down with Sheila. In 30 minutes we covered a lot of ground, there are more to fairies than I ever knew! Pocket fairies, the naughty sock fairies who steal socks to live in, and while we were on air I was being tormented by the thunder and lightning fairies, who seemed intent on making an enormous amount of noise!

I am convinced that writing a children’s book is an art form, the balance between education and entertainment is a fine one. Sheila has that natural ability. She weaves the entertainment and education together in a flawless way.

The other key to success in this type of book is in the illustrations, Rose Csorba has done a magnificent job. Sheila explains how this collaboration came about.

I have talked to hundreds of authors in the past few years, and I have never met one who stops at one book. Sheila is no exception, buoyed by the success of Fairy Hunters, Sheila is hard at work on her next book. For readers familiar with Fairy Hunters you will be happy to hear that the same characters will be back in book two, plus some new ones.

One of the main characters in Sheila’s writing is a young girl, Ashley. Yes she is based on a real person. I won’t spoil the story, but I will say this, Ashley, if you are reading this, get in touch with Sheila, she would love to talk to you.

You can listen to the entire interview here. Fairy Hunters, Ink is available from Sheila Dane’s web site, and also Amazon.

Simon Barrett

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