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Busy mum of two releases her debut children's book - and it has a very festive tale to tell




Drawing on inspiration provided by her own children, a mum-of-two from Steeple Bumpstead has had her debut illustrated children’s story published in time for Christmas.

Aptly, given the time of year, Zoe Hunt’s story is called Noman, whose main character is a snowman-in-the-making who just cannot wait for Christmas to arrive.

Zoe has found the time to put the book together despite having a full-time job as an independence and wellbeing practitioner (a trainee social worker), raising two children, Roman, two, and Bella-Rose, four, and studying for an Open Degree, at the Open University, with a mix of modules in Early Years and Social Work.

Zoe Hunt with daughter Bella-Rose, son Roman and her book, The Noman. Picture by Mecha Morton
Zoe Hunt with daughter Bella-Rose, son Roman and her book, The Noman. Picture by Mecha Morton

For seven years up until last April, Zoe was a full-time, self-employed childminder, but that all ended because of the coronavirus lockdown and she ended up working for a spell at Sainsbury’s on the night shift.

It was in some of those late night hours before the shifts began that literary inspiration struck, not just for Noman, but also a story called Topsy Turvy Mummy, which Zoe intends to complete and publish ready for Mothers’ Day.

Other stories are in the pipeline too.

Zoe Hunt has released her first children's book, The Noman. Picture by Mecha Morton
Zoe Hunt has released her first children's book, The Noman. Picture by Mecha Morton

In both cases, said Zoe, Bella-Rose had planted the seed of inspiration for the story, and with her daughter ‘desperate’ for it to snow over Christmas, the idea for Noman was born.

“What is a melted snowman, it’s a puddle. So he is a Noman,” explained Zoe, whose husband Marcus is well known locally for being the record appearance holder for Haverhill Rovers.

She added: “It’s when he (Noman) is a puddle and he is talking about his life as a noman.

Zoe Hunt reads her debut children's book, The Noman, to her daughter Bella-Rose and son Roman. Picture by Mecha Morton
Zoe Hunt reads her debut children's book, The Noman, to her daughter Bella-Rose and son Roman. Picture by Mecha Morton

“He can’t wait for Christmas to arrive because that’s when he gets to be a snowman and he gets to play with children.”

The illustrations for the book have been done by Romania-based artist Carstiuc Sorinel, who Zoe hooked up with thanks to Fiverr.com, the online marketplace for freelance services.

And the artist and the writer, it transpired, shared one other personal connection – his daughter is called Zoe.

The book is available to buy via Amazon.

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