An author from Northwood is celebrating after he won a prestigious national award.
Ig Oliver published his first children’s book, The Butterfly and The Bee last year which he also illustrated.
Earlier this month, Ig, 56, of Dormans Close, Northwood, was voted the winner of The Book Awards for 2018. For over a decade, The Book Awards has offered emerging and established authors the chance to compete on equal terms. Book sales have increased and contracts with major publishers have been secured by winners.
Ig told MyNorthwoodNews the news was a great way to start 2019.
He said: “I’m very pleased. Part two comes out in March so it’s working quite well. The Butterfly Bee Lady and The Bee Part 2 comes out in March so its working quite well. Being a local author, it is quite exciting. This award is voted for by readers authors and people who generally like reading books so it’s a vote of confidence.”
The Butterfly Lady and the Bee tells the story of the Butterfly Bee Lady who was once a Queen of dragonflies but was changed into the first butterfly by magic. Holding in her hands the power to change life, she is pursued by her evil twin sister. The book is the first in a trilogy.
Before turning his hand to writing, Ig was a chef and had an illustrious career cooking round the world for star names including the Queen and Kirk Douglas. At the moment, he is still cooking but hopes to become a full-time author in the future.
He said: “At the moment, sales are not making big money at all. It’s about advertising and word of mouth. Brooks in Pinner will do an event in March and we are going to do bits and pieces. We’re going to do bits and pieces with the mascot across the country including in Derbyshire where I used to live.
“Later in the year, I hope to do a prequel to the trilogy plus I may rewrite a book my grandfather did in the 1940s.”