French farmyard tales for younger readers
A FARMYARD in north western France is the backdrop for Susan Keefe's second book, which tells the tale of Billy and Daisy's Big Adventure.
The book is the first in a new series of children's Kindle ebooks, titled Fantasy Farm Tales that promise to tell the stories found in the barns and fields of every farmyard.
"Having been bought a Kindle for Christmas by my daughter, I soon realised what an amazing tool this was and quickly became aware that it was becoming a very popular way of publishing a book," Susan said.
"Living here, surrounded by all the animals is very inspirational and I decided it would be nice to write a series of smaller books for Kindle, which were easily affordable and suitable for younger, pre-school children to have read to them, and for children up to about the age of ten to read themselves."
But Toby, her Border Collie, couldn't hog the limelight and keep it all to himself and Susan began to realise that the other farmyard animals had a story to tell.
"The farm animals here were crying out for their own moments of fame, although Toby will still feature in each book," said Susan.
"At the same time I wanted to teach children a little about the animals, how they think and how you should look after and care for them.
"So one day I sat down and wrote Billy and Daisy's Big Adventure. I picked goats for the first book because I have a real fondness for them and think they are lovely characters.
"In this, the first book of the Fantasy Farm Tales series, two kids, baby goats not the human kind, come to live at Fantasy Farm and one day find their gate open.
"They decide to explore. And what happens to them on their Big Adventure and a lot more make up the first book."
Susan has already finished the second book in the Fantasy Farm Tales series about a totally different resident and intends to publish all the series in paperback format in time.
Amazon.co.uk: Billy and Daisy's Big Adventure by Susan Keefe