“Dreams do come through” says Killarney artist, Felicia Thomas, this week after she launched her first children’s book and got married all within days of each other.
The Killarney artist turned children’s author said she is thrilled to have finally published her children’s book a project she has been working since 2013 when an accident with a lawnmower changed her life.
Two of her fingers on her right hand were amputated while the two remaining fingers were no longer working forcing Felicia to learn to use her left hand to write again and to practise writing with her new hand she penned a short story that has now transformed itself into her first children’s novel ‘Miss Polly and the Crocodile’
Using characters she had created during her art work the book became alive and finally after eight years in the pipe-line it has finally made it to bookshops across the county and Felicia could not be happier.
It was a request from another author to illustrate her book that prompted Felicia to bring the book back out and finally get it published by Libri publishing Child’s Eye publishing in the UK.
"It is an amazing thing to to look at a book and see your name on it .. Dreams do come through,” says Felicia who lives in Arbtus Grove in Killarney but grew up in the UK.
But it is not her first book that Felicia on cloud nine this week she also got married at the Killarney Heights Hotel last Thursday, October 28 to Tim Long.
"It was a very busy week,” she conceded
She now hopes one day that she can give the book to her own grandchildren and it even has missing fingers just like Felicia but in the magical land of Loopaloo it was a crocodile that devoured the fingers, not a lawnmower. The story features a princess who is no better than she should be and the trouble her behaviour causes for her Kingdom but with the help Polly Dolly and Miss Adams changes are on the way.
Felicia describes the book as a story about “peer pressure, accepting the consequences of your actions and how kindness can save the day” and she adds: “It is for five to eight years or adults with imagination.”
She hopes one day to be able to pass it onto her grandchildren but in the interim her grown-up children Ebony, Molly and Zac are proud of her latest a achievement and Felicia is hopeful that many more children’s books will be on the way.
‘Miss Polly and the Crocodile’ is on sale in local bookshops including Crystal Cave in Killorglin, Puccini’s in Kenmare and Woulfe’s in Listowel as well as online at Felicia’s own website www.feliciathomas.ie.