A Preston musician has swapped his drum sticks for a pen to write a children’s book.Advertisement
Mark Whiteside, who plays in cult band Evil Blizzard, has penned The Car Gnome.
The story is based on memories from childhood, and had been in Mark’s mind for many years prior to writing the book.
“During the lockdown of 2020 I decided to finish the story and look for a publisher,” said Mark. “The story was the easy part, but finding an artist was not.”
Luckily Mark found Gizelle Molnar, who lives just up the road from him in Ashton-on-Ribble.
Mark said: “I already knew Zel, but I didn’t think she would want to come on board with my idea. However she agreed and the rest is history as they say.
“Her paintings are brilliant and add a magic to the book”.
Mark says it’s been ‘a labour of love’ to bring the book to fruition.
Now with help from friends and a publisher at Sixth Element Publishing, the book is set to be released for the Christmas market.
Mask added: “I’m amazed at how people have got behind this. After only an hour we had sold 30 books. That may not seem a lot in the realms of books but for me and Zel that is amazing.”
Advance orders are being taken from The Car Gnome website.
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