Seend Cleeve mum Sarah Hill says she is delighted with the success of her series of children’s books featuring a pixie called Posie.
Mother-of-three Mrs Hill, 37, has just published the fourth in the series of Whimsy Wood books designed for children aged five to eight but with a readership much wider than that.
Posie Pixie and the Fireworks Party has just hit the bookshelves in stores all over the country and, indeed, the world, with huge interest from readers young and old in the United States.
Mrs Hill said: “They just love anything English in America and they just adore Whimsy Wood.”
In fact, it was interest from an American illustrator that finally got Whimsy Wood into print after some 20 rejection letters from publishers.
She said: “I got the message from him via the LinkedIn social networking site. He said they were just the kind of books he could work with and put me in touch with Abela Publishing. The rest is history.”
Mrs Hill, a vet by training, gave up work to have her children and started writing as a means of filling the time between feeds.
She said: “I didn’t have any thoughts of getting published, Posie Pixie just suggested herself to me.
“My husband Matt and I are outdoorsy types so the woodland background for Posie was so natural.”
The first Whimsy Wood book was published last July, just a few weeks after the arrival of the Hills’ third child, Monty, a brother to six-year-old Olivia and four-and-a-half-year-old Poppy.
Mrs Hill said: “Fourteen books are now written and seven have been edited. One will be published every three to four months. Each one covers a different time of the year when Posie needs to find a new home.”
Mrs Hill is also kept busy with school visits and has made 14 or 15 of them in the past year. Most recently she worked St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Devizes.
Year 2 teacher Laura Wilcox said the books are “a magical whimsy world with most wonderful descriptions to capture a child’s imagination”.