Markyate woman publishes her first children’s book

Suzan Moule and Woody the dog

Suzan Moule and Woody the dog - Credit: Archant

Publication of her first children’s book has fulfilled a long-held ambition for a local writer.

Woody's Park front cover

Woody's Park front cover - Credit: Archant

Suzan Moule who lives in Markyate, admitted that she cried when she first heard that the book, Woody’s Park, had been accepted for publication.

It centres around a pretty village park where Woody, named after Suzan’s own black labrador, goes for walks to meet all his tree friends who live there along with other animals, and the adventures they have throughout the changing seasons.

Suzan hopes it will encourage children to get outside in the fresh air, explore, discover and enjoy all the parks, woodlands and nature on offer to them.

She had sent Woody’s Park to a few publishing houses and had not really expected a reply because the market is so saturated. But Olympia Publishers told her they thought it was worthy of publication, leaving her, in her own words, ‘absolutely ecstatic’.

She went on: “Woody’s Park is completely my own idea and creation, I even sourced my own illustrator as I didn’t think the original one from the publishers suited my book. It has been a real labour of love but so worth it.”

Suzan can often be seen out walking with Woody who is slowing down a bit now he is getting older. She said: “We could never tire him out when he was younger, but now it’s more about the quality of his walk rather the quantity bless him. He loves to sit and watch the little animals scurrying by or the children playing and we often find a little bench in the corner of the park or woodlands where he can sit and do just that.

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“Woody has such character and always makes me laugh, I love being with him, he is a very important family member who is so, so loved and special. It seemed more than fitting to write my book and name it after him.”

Suzan is mum to Jack Moule, a champion jet skier and successful professional stuntman, and he has nothing but praise for her. He said: “I’m so happy for mum. Dad and me encouraged her to try and get Woody’s Park published as we knew it was such a good read and children would really love it. She has always been there for me and helped, supported and encouraged my career and it’s so lovely to see her achieve her dream too.”

Woody’s Park is available from Olympia Publishers, good bookshops and online stores.