Debut book for Luton author

Luton author Lou Treleaven
Luton author Lou Treleaven

A Luton author who’s been scribbling stories and rhymes since she was a little girl is living the dream after being told her debut children’s picture book will be published this month.

Lou Treleaven will be celebrating the launch of Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip with crafts, storytelling and a book signing at W H Smith in the Mall during half term.

It features a female scientist who creates a fantastic device called an Oojamaflip. The story is written in rhyme and encourages children to be inventive and follow their dreams.

Lou, of Woodside Road, said: “I won prizes in creative writing at school so thought being published would be easy – but it’s not.

“Nine months after I submitted the manuscript I got the magical email asking if it was still available. And a year later it’s coming out in print.”

Her advice to aspiring children’s authors is: “Keep at it and try your hand at different age groups and genres until you find one that works for you.

“And don’t give up - you never know where your writing might take you.”

> Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip is published by Maverick Arts Publishing.