Debut novel helps animal charity

Barnstaple author uses book launch to raise money for North Devon Animal Ambulance.

A BARNSTAPLE author is using the launch of her first published novel to raise money for a North Devon animal charity.

Laura Louise Stewart has written children’s novel Secrets of the Spirits in aid of the North Devon Animal Ambulance. All the money made throughout December and January will go straight to the charity.

The book is only available online as an e-book, but is already listed in Amazon’s bestselling charts alongside books by Michael Morpurgo and other successful children’s authors.

The book, a story about a teenage girl’s adventures with ancient animal spirits, is aimed at children aged nine and over, especially animal-lovers.

Miss Stewart, who has done volunteer work for NDAA in the past, said she wanted to continue helping the charity after having to dedicate more time to her writing.

She said: “As a young author, it’s so exciting just to see your book listed next to books by well-known writers you’ve admired.

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“I think this is going to be the year of the e-book,” she added.

“Many people will be getting new electronic reading devices like Kindles for Christmas and looking for something a bit different to read.”

Diana Lewis of NDAA said: “This is a lovely gesture by Laura, who has been a wonderful volunteer for our charity.

“We are so grateful to her for raising desperately needed money for us. It’s very tough at the moment with vet bills going up and up and up.”

Secrets of the Spirits is available from, it can also be found on Miss Stewart’s website

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