Bedtime at the Lighthouse selected for Walker Books/Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

I’m happy to announce that I am one of 10 lucky writers chosen by Michael Rosen to have their bedtime story included in the Walker Books/Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories scheduled for release in October 2013.

I had such a good feeling about the story, but you never know what judges or publishers will be looking for. My story plays on a theme I think will resonate with many parents – getting children to sleep in an unfamiliar place! The story of Bedtime at the Lighthouse, which was based on a real stay in my mum’s cottage under the lighthouse at Portland Bill, is very special and like most of my children’s stories was inspired by my wife and children.

I read it aloud to my family after I’d written it and they all seemed to approve. My children can be harsh critics so I thought this was a good sign. I wanted a story that could be read aloud over and over by parents to children at bedtime without it driving them mad. I’ll have to wait to see what parents and children think of the story when it’s published.

More information on the Book of Bedtime Stories competition news over here at mumsnet.

I’ll tell you more when I know more!