Linton author Mel Symonds releases second children's novel
An author of illustrated novels for children has had a second book published.
Mel Symonds, 40, who lives in Linton, just a few miles from Haverhill, and is a mum to two girls, aged 11 and eight, saw her new book, ‘Rule No.2: No Questions’ published last week.
The book follows on from Mel’s debut 128-page novel released in May 2021, Rule No 1: Avoid Trouble.
Like her first book, it’s core aims are promoting the STEM subjects and questioning the world.
Mel summed up the story as thus: “The children go on a school trip to a revolutionary environmental company but all the while watching the new suspicious head teacher and avoiding the class bullies.
“After a run-in with a newly discovered plant that has an unusual defence mechanism, Clara, Bella and Reggie go on a mission to save their school.”
She added: “I took inspiration for this book from a visit to The Eden Project and Cambridge Botanical Gardens.”
Asked what comes next - maybe more Rule’ titles, Mel said: “I would like there to be one more rule book. I have it mapped out in my mind and I am also churning over the details.
“I might be taking the dog for a walk or watching my kids’ swimming lesson and I’ll think, ‘Yes! That is what will happen'.
“I also have another children’s book that I have been working on.
“This book is a bit different, there is a puzzle to solve and our heroine has to escape.
“It has adventure again and a science theme. I hope that those who have enjoyed the Rule books will also enjoy this.
Mel is donating a copy of each of her books to Haverhill Library and each title can be bought on Amazon.