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Get to know Lily Helme, Author of Children's Book 'Delphi Loves to Daydream'

Lily tells Partnership Publishing what inspired her to write her debut title 'Delphi Loves to Daydream', the key message behind it and what her favourite books were as a child. Describing herself in three words as 'caring, creative and intuitive' we're looking forward to her adding 'Author' to that list very soon!

What inspired the idea for your book?

I went on a three day picture book writing course, taught by Alan Durant, author of Burger Boy. I was taught ways to create a picture book through different writing exercises.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. From a very young age I always loved to read and write. English by far was my favourite subject at school. I showed potential for become a writer in secondary school. Although it only really materialised in my late teens, early twenties.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I am inspired by my training, my experience, and my life to create story, plot and developing character.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Formulating that initial idea in the way I would like it to be portrayed to the audience. My procrastination habits can be extreme and potentially problematic. I know a certain amount of procrastination is healthy, but I need to push myself beyond that and get the story down onto paper. Once I discipline myself to get the story written, I find it starts to flow better.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

I am currently in the process of building my website. On there you will have access to my books, writings, blogs and published works.

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

The funniest part of the story of 'Delphi Loves to Daydream', is when researching behind the colours of the rainbow and I was able to come up with the piece of writing, which connected different colours with different associations. Some were obvious, some new things were learnt, which is always fun.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

To inspire and encourage children to use their imagination and learn through their play.

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

With only the smallest amount of props available to them, you can still create a world of fun through using your imagination and entwining it with your daily life.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

Watching the title emerge was a lot of fun and I got very excited about the semi alliteration when creating the book.

What are you reading now?

Mika in Real life, by Emiko Jean.

Favourite book when you were a kid?

Jackie Wilson books.

Favourite book/story you have read as an adult?

I enjoy reading Cathy Glass books.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I enjoy reading, listening to music, and going for walks. I love travelling and visiting different countries.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Caring, creative and intuitive.

You can connect with Lily Here

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