Imaginary friends are brought to life for Instow woman’s first children’s book

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 August 2017

Sandra Everitt with her book My Imaginary Friends. Picture: Bronte Farenden

Sandra Everitt with her book My Imaginary Friends. Picture: Bronte Farenden

Archant

Sandra Everitt’s children provided the inspiration for Mr Bomp, Hardigadeez and Dookandat, the title characters in My Imaginary Friends

A former primary school teacher from Instow has published her first children’s book.

Sandra Everitt has released My Imaginary Friends, the story of a young child whose loneliness is alleviated by three imaginary friends – Mr Bomp, Hardigadeez and Dookandat.

The 67-year-old said the names of the characters originated from her son who had three imaginary friends as a child.

She said: “I always loved writing and the names were just too good to leave.

“I developed the characters and plots but my son did the names.”

As well as the story, the book also includes a variation of poems written by Sandra.

She told the Gazette: “I actually wrote some of the poems about 25 years ago, poems that were relevant to what children thought about.

“Sometimes children can be insular and I was quite sensitive as a child so I wanted to write a book to let children know that was OK.”

Although the story is written from a child’s perspective, it can also be enjoyed by adults.

“I think it makes an ideal story for a bedtime story, for parents to do funny voices if they want to, or for older children who can read it themselves” said Sandra.

“The characters are loyal, mischievous and naughty at times but have a good sense of humour” she added.

My Imaginary Friends was published earlier this year by Austin Macauley Publishers, who also illustrated the book.

“I sketched some of the characters to give them an idea of what I wanted” said Sandra.

“That was exciting – seeing what they were coming back with for every chapter and how they were interpreting the book through illustrations.”

Depending on the success of My Imaginary Friends, Sandra is hoping to publish a sequel to the book.

She said: “I’ve got a sequel in my head and some ideas down on paper but it all depends on how well this one does really.”

Sandra was born in London but now lives in North Devon with her two golden retrievers.

She has a son and a daughter and although she no longer teaches, provides private tuition for primary-aged children.

My Imaginary Friends is available to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Entertainment Stories

Tue, 19:06

The Gazette has been along to review Beauty and the Beats at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple – have you got your tickets yet?

Read more
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Get into the festive spirit with free mulled wine and mince pies at a Christmas concert in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Read more
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

North Devon events from 07/12/17 to 13/12/17

Read more
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Catch Mistletoe and Holly Bears with Keith Kendrick and Sylivia Needham on Saturday, December 9

Read more
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Don’t miss up-and-coming country blues artist Elles Bailey at The Plough Arts Centre on Friday, December 8

Read more
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Arlington Christmas is coming to life this December, with lots to see and do for all ages

Read more
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Meet Appledore author Alan Lawrence in Barnstaple on Friday, December 8 as he talks about his recreation of the world of Patrick O’Brian and Master and Commander

Read more
Friday, December 1, 2017

North Devon events from 1/12/17 to 6/12/17

Read more
Friday, December 1, 2017

Festive stalls, crafts, gifts and much more at The Cedars Inn on Sunday( December 3)

Read more
Friday, December 1, 2017

Churches in Ilfracombe and Lee will host Vocal Accord Christmas concerts on December 5 and December 12

Read more

Most Read Entertainment

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications