Bush Hill Park author Jodie Webber on her new children’s book
They say there is a book inside everyone, waiting to be written. But I’d never had any ambitions to write a book, it just kind of happened to me!
After the birth of my daughter in 2017, I decided to start my own business in marketing. I joined lots of local networking groups and met some fabulous people – some who would be key in the journey of my book, but I didn’t know that yet.
It was late in 2019 (when she was two years old) that my daughter Bobbie grabbed my face in her hands and said “mystic bunny boy” – really loudly! I had no idea what she was talking about. Neither did her nursery. It was something she would do repeatedly – my mother’s intuition knew it was something I needed to listen to.
I used to tell Bobbie a rainbow meditation story before bed that I had created, and it always helped her stay calm and have a restful sleep. I realised that “mystic bunny boy” was her trying to create a character for our story together, which was amazing!
And then, I did nothing. I kept the book in my head, and didn’t really do anything for nearly a year.
It wasn’t until summer 2020 that I finally put the wheels in motion. With lockdown affecting so many people’s mental health, I thought perhaps our little story could help parents and children alike – the time was right for us to publish it.
I reached out to a few people in my network, who not only had the skills I needed to get a book published, but also gave me the confidence to go for it. Bobbie and I are now on a mission to help as many people as we can through sharing it.
When I wrote Mystic Bunny Boy Walks the Rainbow I thought it was aimed at younger children, between two and five years, but actually we’ve had great feedback from parents of older children and those with autism, who have really connected with this as a bedtime book.
It incorporates simple meditation practices, such as controlled breathing and visualisation written through the story, and parents are enjoying it as a chance for them to relax and bond with their children – which is amazing!
The funny thing is, now I’ve written a book I have ideas for more coming into my head all the time. I think there will be a few more Mystic Bunny Boy adventures yet to come!
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