Chris Thompson, the author of The Good Baboo, released his book in May 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating him since he was published.
Yes, or a songwriter. But I’m not a confident singer, performer or musician. Story writing can be done quietly and unselfconsciously, so suits me better.
The idea for this story began as a bedtime yarn for my young daughter. As I remember, the first version involved the girl and the horse discovering a magic duck.
It was later that I decided to write it down. In doing so, the duck was replaced by the mysterious ‘Good Baboo’.
It began as a fun endeavour but I became determined to make a success of it.
Much the same as it is now. Except that I couldn’t brag that I was a published author (which I do now, at every opportunity).
It took some time for my story to find its conclusion and to develop my illustrative style. I wanted the story to be emotionally stirring and the illustrations intriguing. Some of my first efforts were much too obvious and clumsy but eventually, through perseverance, it all fell into place.
I suspect that my friends and family didn’t take my endeavours too seriously at first. It was my own self-belief that saw the project through. I’ve learnt a lot along the way and am invigorated to keep producing. Now that I’ve found my storytelling style, I intend to use it.
I consider the publication of my first story as a great personal achievement but outwardly, a modest one. I don’t yet feel like an author. However, I’ve been busy writing more stories and my sense of ‘authorliness’ is growing.
I’m still financially reliant on my main job as a driving instructor. But I do make time to write. During the coronavirus furlough, I’ve been busy developing new and old ideas. I could definitely see myself as a full-time writer.
I was told that my daughter's cousin had returned from school having had The Good Baboo read out by the teacher to the class. I passed on the message to thank her for taking the book in, only to find out that she hadn’t. The teacher had discovered it herself. This gave me quite a buzz.
Pegasus has been great. They’ve been supportive at every step. They provided expert input to bring my story to print in its best possible shape. I’m very grateful that they believed in my story and helped me to share it.
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