Nicola Preskett is a Primary School Teacher, children’s yoga teacher and children’s author. She has recently published Hudson and Me, the first in a series all about her little sausage dog Hudson.
She tells Dachshunds in London;
"I have wanted to write and publish children’s books for years, but the time and inspiration wasn’t quite there. I took a break from teaching, and realised there was finally space in my life for a dog. So along came Hudson. And with him came a whole new world.
"Being a novice dog owner, following my training manual, it was a steep learning curve. But the overwhelming love I felt for him was amazing. And everything he did made me laugh; his wonderful curiosity, snuggling nature, and untiring excitement. And he just looks so sweet and comical; the leg-body ratio, the funny waddle, the long ears flapping. On Clapham Common one day, watching him chase a particularly fat pigeon, the idea for the book came to me. I love children’s books, and with many years’ experience reading to a class, I knew Hudson was the perfect subject.
"I wrote ‘Hudson and Me’, illustrating it roughly myself. Then I found an illustrator to do a much better job! Writing the series came easily. I wanted the books to encourage interaction between parents and their children, or teachers and their class. The writing is simple and fun, and aimed at both boys and girls (the main character being a girl, but a somewhat scrappy one in shorts!)"
Dachshunds in London is running a competition to win a signed copy of the book.
Just answer the following question in the comment box below - competition closes on Sunday 7 July- winner chosen at random.
What is the name of the star of Nicola's new children's book?
‘Hudson and Me’ is available on Amazon at http://goo.gl/egAu8
He also has a website www.hudsonandme.com
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