CHILDREN’S author Jane Kelly says she has got the “bug” for writing.
The Holme woman has just had her debut novel “Cosmic Connection” published.
And she has already completed her second work which is to form part of an anthology.
“I wrote the book about two years ago while taking a break from the classroom,” said the former primary school teacher.
“I had the time and space in my life to do it, I got the bug, and I’ve been writing ever since. I also did all my own illustrations despite not having picked up a pencil to draw since my own schooldays!”
Jane, who is now a lecturer for Kirklees College at the Dewsbury site writes about a boy called Namid in her novel. He is fascinated by the stars and uses his telescope to transport him to another dimension. The book is for seven to 10-year-olds.
Jane has a 12-year-daughter Erin and son Lucas, who is ten.
She worked in Reading and London as a teacher for 12 years before moving to Yorkshire four years ago. She has also worked at Honley Infant and Nursery School and at educational publishers Schofield and Sims, in Fenay Bridge. Her current job involves teaching adults who are studying for a Foundation Degree.
She said: “I have always loved stories, especially ones that float my imagination and take me to another world where anything is possible. Cosmic Connection is one of those stories.”
The book is available through Nightingale Books and in leading bookshops costing £6.99.