Oldbury writer Linda lives the dream with Dolly Daydream

Oldbury writer Linda lives the dream with Dolly Daydream
Linda Mason says she’s living the dream after writing her first children’s book

Linda Mason from Oldbury has written a children’s book called ‘Dolly Daydreams’ Garden Friends’, the story of a girl who finds friends and surprises while exploring her grandfather’s garden.

The 69-year-old said the name of the book came from a nickname her grandfather called her when she was a very young girl, and told of how she came up with it.

She said: “I was sitting in my backyard daydreaming and thinking that I have no elderly family left after my mother died recently and all my other grandparents and aunts and uncles have passed away.

“I remembered my childhood and remembered that it was very happy when the family was so close, so I used many of those memories to create this book, including many of the first names used for these characters.

“It’s great to be able to keep the memory of my aunts, uncles and parents alive through this, and it’s kind of live to relive my childhood.”

Linda’s success in getting a book published, and another unnamed book ready to be published, has been even more remarkable as she is blind after losing her sight 15 years ago.

She said she had been helped a lot through the process by her sister and her six children, where they helped write up her stories and check them out for her.

Linda said she was living her dream and hoped she could inspire people to start writing a book.

She said, “I always wanted to write a book, and to be honest, I thought the chance was over when I lost my sight. But it was when my mother neared the end that I realized I was the one. last in line and must keep the family name alive.

“It’s quite an achievement as I never thought I could do it, and I honestly think everyone can do it if they take up the challenge and realize there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“I’ve been able to stand in school collections and hear one of the kids read my stories, and it’s just nice to know they enjoy hearing what I wrote.

“It was especially nice when some of them came up to me and thanked me when they enjoyed it and I told them I enjoyed it just as much so it’s really nice.”

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