A cat named after a fish inspires author's tales

MOOLOOLABA author Patricia Earl started writing children's books because her dad named his tabby cat, Moki, after a striped fish of the same name.

"It's based on real life events," Patricia, 65, told Seniors.

"Moki also has stripes but she hates them and she wants to do something to make her be more important.

"I've written five children's picture books and the fourth, King of the Beasts, was picked up the Sunshine Coast Council and I was thrilled to receive an arts grant.

"I was told I had a distinctive voice. It's nice when your work gets app- roval from someone else."

Patricia came to the Coast from Auckland four years ago. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and has been a prize winner in two literary competitions in New Zealand.

When her books are released, she visits local care centres and schools sharing the books with the children.

"Their response is very positive and they enjoy the fun and colourful excitement of the characters. I do my own illustrations which include text moving about the page to add to the enjoyment,"

Patricia's books, The Importance of Being Moki, Pipi Visits the Jungle Pet Shop, Moki's Crystal Palace, King of the Beasts and The Peacock Palace Elephant are available at Buderim Books, Books at Caloundra, Collins Caloundra, online at InHousePrintBookStore or by phoning Patricia on 0434097679.


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