At just 27 Derry woman Trisha Deery has the world at her feet.
Her first book - the exquisite ‘What Will I Be?’ - is launching this weekend and already the writer and illustrator is causing quite a stir in publishing circles.
The creator of Miss Rosie Red - a gorgeous and inquisitive three year old - Trisha said the launch of the first of the Rosie Red books marks ‘a dream come true’ for her.
“This is what I’ve been working towards. It has been my goal since I was at college to have a book out there - and now it is finally happening, it is amazing.”
Miss Rosie Red has been published by new local publishing company Dog Ears - who Trisha has been working for with the last two years.
“It has felt like a team effort. The girls at Dog Ears have been amazing to work with. They have kept me inspired and fired up and they have really brought the character of Miss Rosie Red to life.”
So far, the response to the book has been outstanding. With plans afoot to launch an App for IPhone and IPad, and plans underway to pitch Rosie as a TV series.
“It has been overwhelming. The number of people who have come back to say they love it, and better still, their children love it, has been amazing. They just seem to have taken it under their wing already and I’m over the moon.”
The former Thornhill College student has written both the story for Miss Rosie Red but also has created the delightful illustrations. She said the release of the book has coincided with an increase in the number of people looking for other illutrations from her and far from resting on her laurels, she said she has now found herself ‘busier than ever’.
“This is the busiest I’ve been since becoming self employed,” Trisha said, “And it’s brilliant. As well as increased demand for my drawings I’m also working on the next Miss Rosie Red book - as I have a three book deal with Dog Ears.”
Trisha is also very much on the promotional trail, visiting local libraries and schools sharing Rosie’s story with a legion of tiny fans. Thankfully, she admits she loves working with children. As well as writing, drawing and establishing her own business, Trisha has also only just returned from a trip to Tanzania with Derry charity Children in Crossfire - and she said the trip has had a very positive effect on her.
“I was expecting to have my heart broken there,” Trisha said. “We were going to visit the cancer hospital where children are treated and I expected to come away in bits.
“But it was so inspiring. There is so much positivity and joy there - and despite what they are going through the people were so happy. I’d go back 10 times over - and since I have come back I haven’t stopped drawing. It has been wonderful.”
Trisha will be officially launching Miss Rosie Red into the world tomorrow at the Playtrail - with a family-friendly party featuring singing, dancing, music and, of course, stories. Trisha will read from the book and will sign first editions. If you wish to attend the launch, which will take place between 2pm-4pm then please email email@example.com to register your interest. Miss Rosie Red is available in all good book shops from this weekend.