LOCAL authors have joined forces to create a collection of seven stories to raise money for a children's hospice in the West Midlands.
After reading and hearing of the good work that Acorns Hospice does for children and their families, Dan Weatherer, Pete Cartwright, Rich Ford, Leanne and Nick Procopakis have brought together a collection of seven children's stories.
These tales are funny, scary and moralistic and specially written for this project.
Working with Acorns, they have self published this collection as 'Reginald & Friends' on Amazon, and have decided that all royalties from any sales of this book will go to Acorns Hospice.
Dan is an accomplished horror writer from Stoke-on-Trent, who jumped at the challenge of changing genres to suit a different audience with 'Gilbert's Well.'
He said: "I have and continue to publish a series of books and plays aimed at older audiences, but loved writing for children, especially as I have grandchildren, myself and compiled 'Supermarket Saboteurs', Rocky Outcrop and the doorbell stopwatch and of course: 'Reginald Growl: Bodyguard Bear."
Pete, who penned 'The Side car gang', has harboured his story for some time, without knowing what to do with it.
The same can be said for Leanne and Nick, who penned 'Dillard and Doofus.'
Rich spends his part time acting in amateur theatre.
He has written 'Mommy and Daddy got a divorce', which is an excerpt, showing the lighter side to a child's perception of parent's and their issues.
Dan added: "We will endeavour to continue working with Acorns, while the book continues to sell.
"I have suggested that the artwork, which I threw together for the cover, could be raffled/auctioned etc, and there are possible planned visits to the hospice for short readings etc."
The book is available on Amazon: £3.75 for paperback and £2.75 in Kindle.