Spalding children's author delighted at first book release
An up-and-coming children’s author celebrated the ‘amazing’ thrill of releasing his debut book last week.
Mark Smith, who has lived in Spalding for 25 years, had ‘Today I Want To Be A Witch’ published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers after signing a book deal last year.
The 34-year-old, who was part of the aptly-named former Spalding band A Story To Tell, was delighted to get things over the line.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” he said.
“It’s something that I’ve been looking forward to since I signed a publishing deal back in November 2020. I’m really excited about it.”
Mark says he was inspired to write the book by his two young daughters, aged three and six.
“I’ve only been writing books for the last three years, but I’ve been writing songs and music for a good 15 years or so now,” he said.
“So that love for writing was already there. But I’ve got my two little girls now, and reading the stories and stuff that they’ve got, I thought I could do it. I had a little bit of an idea already, so I gave it a go.
“To write it, it was like writing a song where it just came out and I did it in one evening. Obviously I revisited it, but it just kind of flowed.”
Mark has also put his musical talents to use, and was in the recording studio last week to produce a song that will help promote his book. He is currently planning for the future and basking in the excitement of the moment.
“I’ve written three of the books for what is probably going to be a series,” he said.
“The whole idea behind ‘Today I Want To Be’ is that you can then choose whatever you want to be the next day.
“It’s just how kids’ imaginations work, isn’t it? One day they want to be a princess, the next they’re a dragon, the next they’re a witch. That’s where the idea for this book came from.”
He has written three books for the ‘Today I Want To Be A’ series, and is currently working on a children’s novel.
Mark’s first book is available to purchase online at Amazon, W H Smith, Waterstones and Pegasus Publishers.