An art teacher from St Albans was the illustrator of a debut book aimed at young children called The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up.
Catherine Mead, 43, mum of two, was approached by a friend of author Amanda Eamer, to collaborate on the project.
Catherine had never done something like this before, but revealed that she was really excited after she was approached.
She said: “I had never done this type of work before but I was really excited when I was asked. I wasn’t nervous as I am an art teacher so I just had to apply it to the theme Amanda gave me.
“I really enjoyed it. I had good fun with it. As it was a kid’s book, the drawings weren’t difficult but the book is a really good story so drawing the characters was great.”
Catherine, who has a degree in fashion and textiles, was able to apply her skills, knowledge and experience of being an art teacher to illustrate the book.
She said: “I was able to draw the pictures quite easily, all under Amanda’s guidance. I really enjoyed it.”
The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up is a children’s book aimed at five to six-year-olds about a fairy who is going to a ball where the Prince has to pick a bride. The other fairies try to sabotage Ashleigh by making sure there are no flowers for her to take to the ball.
Catherine deemed her work a success and would be open to working to illustrating more books in the future.
She said: “I would definitely be open to doing it again, I don’t know if I will be working on Amanda’s second book or not, but I would love to work with her again.
“I would love to work with other authors as I really enjoyed illustrating this book.”
The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up is out now. Books can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones and WHSmiths.