Sass Feels Lonely is my first story aimed at very young children. It has a simple sentence structure and is just the right length for a bedtime story, especially if you have to read it over and over again. Sass is a big, fluffy, friendly Sasquatch that lives in the forest and gets a little lonely, until he realises that he has been surrounded by friends all along.

Sass was released yesterday, published by the amazing Stour Valley Publishing house and available in their online store Shookbop. I am so proud of the final outcome for Sass, the book is everything that I hoped it would be.

My proud face!

Every inch of this book is in bright colours and I absolutely love it. If you have been reading my blogs or following me on social media for a while you will know how much I love pretty end papers and Sass might have my favourite ones to date. They just start and end the book in as much colour as possible.

Pretty end papers.

I could not have made Sass a reality, (especially with the crazy year that we have all been having) without my cheerleaders, my three biggest fans and supporters, Jamie, Lilly and Harrison Webb. They have all given Sass Feels Lonely their stamp of approval and they may be biased but it is the most important thing in the world to me. They even got up early on a Saturday morning to venture into the woods and have some Sass themed photographs to help me celebrate launch day.

Sass is available now and I really can’t wait to hear what people think of it. It is my hope that people will fall in love with Sass just like I have, maybe get the little ones out into the woods searching for some giant footprints, Sass is very friendly if you do manage to find him. He especially likes splashing in the river so maybe try there first?

Sass is the first ever story that I have written where I fully illustrated the entire book before I had written any of the story. My first few drafts of the story were looooong! At one point I even considered making Sass into a chapter book but he fits the short narrative so much better, even if it did give me long sleepless nights cutting it all back to get to the most important bits.

I really could not be happier with the final book. It is exactly as I hoped it would be and I wouldn’t change a thing. If you look really closely you might just manage to find a Cornling lurking in the forest too.

Thank you for reading and if you do get your hands on a copy of Sass Feels Lonely, let me know what you think!

Samantha x

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