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McKellar resident begins new chapter in publishing

Tuesday, 09 May 2017.

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WALLACE Lodge resident and children’s author Bette Pitman is proving it’s never too late to chase your dreams and take up creative endeavours.

The tech-savvy great-grandmother has written and illustrated three short stories in her self-published book The Adventures of Claude the Cloud.

Mrs Pitman said she had the idea to write a story several years ago while staying in 
hospital.

“I was bored to tears and I looked out the window at the clouds and saw some shapes like faces, so I scribbled down the first story,” she said.


“After 
that I was looking for someone to illustrate it, but it was hard to find someone with the right style at an affordable price.

“I’ve always liked writing and painting, so I decided to do the pictures myself.


“Once I got started painting it got better as I went along.


“I’ve always loved kids so I did it for my great-grandchildren, but everyone else has said they liked it.


“They all want me to sign it.”


Having already self-published with a Melbourne-based printer, Mrs Pitman said living in a residential aged care facility would not stop her pursuit of a publishing deal.


“The book has given me something to work towards. My legs have deteriorated but I’ve still got my mind.


“I’ve got my computer; I’m on Facebook and emails, so I’m never bored by myself.”


Anyone interested in purchasing the book can contact the Wallace Lodge at the McKellar Centre.

 

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