Today I am really pleased to have Abi Burlingham on my blog to discuss her inspiration for her new children's book entitled 'A Mystery For Megan', hopefully the first book of many in the Buttercup Magic series, which will be available to buy from the 26th of April . I have spoken to Abi quite a bit recently via Twitter and I am a big fan of her weekly blog posts which you can find here.
I have always been fascinated by the idea of other worlds, but also like to make the most of the real one that I am in. People have often described me as having ‘one foot in another world’ – I think this is fairly accurate – one foot somewhere mysterious, one firmly planted on terra firma!The idea for Buttercup Magic actually came to me in a dream, a very lovely and strange one, but the story itself was also influenced by some of the books and TV programmes that I loved as a child.
about a little boy and his dog, Sebastian. I loved it! I loved any programmes about animals – ‘Black Beauty’, ‘White Horses’ and ‘Follyfoot Farm’ were all firm favourites. But Belle and Sebastian, partly, I think, due to it being in French, the music and the beautiful settings, completely captivated me. I loved Sebastian, the golden retriever; hence, Buttercup, became a golden retriever, which in turn inspired his name, the name of the house – Buttercup House -and one of the plot threads, that buttercups appear when Buttercup is around.
Thank you Abi for this post. It was definitely a trip down memory lane for me.
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Pop back this afternoon for my review of the book.