We are delighted that children’s author, Becci Murray, agreed to write the very first Guest Post here at My Alter Ego and Me. We first met Becci in 2019, and she’s come a long way since then.
In 2019, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Tessie Barrie as I launched my first children’s book, Billy’s Brain Booster Juice. It was a time when the smell of hand sanitiser didn’t fill the air and you could walk past someone in Tesco without subtly holding your breath.
Ah, happy days.
Amid the toilet roll shortages and general mayhem that followed, I took solace in writing and published a handful of humorous books for children, with the hope they would inject a little happiness into the world (no vaccine pun intended).
My choose-the-page StoryQuest series grew in numbers and Santa Claus Has Lost His Drawers was the most popular title, where readers are asked to trek through the sub-zero temperatures of the North Pole to find Santa’s missing underwear (what better way is there to spend the festive period than hunting for somebody’s pants?). I received some lovely feedback from parents about Santa Claus Has Lost His Drawers, including a message from one lady who sent me a photograph of THE REAL SANTA (I kid you not) sitting in her living-room, holding my book. Those sorts of messages are so important to authors and this one really made my day.
With My Magical Christmas StoryQuest Collection completed, I started work on my newest StoryQuest book, The Pirates of Monkey Island. The story features two characters who quickly become the reader’s trusty crewmates: One-Eyed Brenda and Jimmy Smallhands. Brenda has one eye and Jimmy has very small hands – do you see what I did there? They’re both good pirates, the kind of pirates who feed your bones to the fishes then take their grannies out for a nice pot of tea and a slice of cake. But when monkey-pirates steal their stash of chocolate coins, they need help to find it. Can the reader outsmart Big Baboon Bob and survive Stinky Silverback Shelly’s armpits to locate the loot? Well, yes, hopefully they can, because The Pirates of Monkey Island is a beginner level StoryQuest adventure, which means there are no dead-ends like you might find in a traditional choose-the-page book – just keep reading and you’ll finish the challenge, making it perfect for reluctant readers and budding bookworms alike.
In the first half of 2021, I’m taking a break from StoryQuest to focus on a middle-grade trilogy called Chronicles of the Extinct. It’s a lot meatier than my current titles and the first in the series is almost ready for editing. I’m excited to share something a little different with readers and fingers crossed that by the time it’s published, we’ll be living in a world where physical bookshops have reopened and we can enjoy browsing the aisles without measuring how close we are to each other.
Stay safe, everyone, and thank you for reading this post. If you’d like to know more about my work, you can visit www.llamahousebooks.com.