By LINDA FOO GUEST
A WIRRAL teacher has written a fang-tastic children’s book about a vampire’s adventures.
Michael Ryan has published his second children’s picture book called Edward and Luna.
This follows on from his first book, Edward The Vampire, about a friendly ghoul who sleeps all day, and has adventures at night along the seaside in New Brighton.
His books are aimed at children up to the age of seven.
Michael, from Higher Bebington, said: “I began writing Edward and Luna before I had even finished the first book, Edward the Vampire.
“I worked on illustrations for both books simultaneously too.
“I wanted the next book to continue with adventures set in the same locations and themes as the first book – a seaside setting and night time adventures. But I felt that Edward needed a friend to accompany him in this second book.
“So I came up with the character, Luna, who is a vampire like Edward.
“It is a story about a moonlit picnic that attracts some uninvited guests, and, like in the first book, there is a twist at the end.
“I was determined to make this book brighter and more colourful than the first, for the illustrations to jump off the page.”
A website has been set up to support the book at www.edwardthevampire.co.uk.
Michael, a teacher at Townfield Primary School in Prenton, is helped with the illustrations by his sons, James, four, and River, two.
He added: “My two sons have been busy creating the characters and painting artwork for the book. They have also helped shape the characters.
“The background and landscapes are painted, then I scan everything into my computer and stitch all the illustrations and artwork together to create one finished piece.
“Once the artwork for a page is complete, I begin to work on the text, often weaving it around whatever is going on in the illustrations.
“The pictures tell the story as much as the words, so the book is suitable for children below reading age.
“I am very proud of the book.”
Both books are priced at £3.99, and can bought from Linghams, Oxton Village Books, the Literally bookshop in New Brighton and at the Mersey Ferries terminals.
Or order online from www.edward thevampire.co.uk.