A local author is hoping to corner the children's book market with a new concept that he says has generated wonderful interest with publishers in the UK. Having self-published a number of books previously, Ron Smith from Oulart was inspired by a flirtation with the latest gadgets.
'About two and a half years ago I got a drone,' he said. 'After about two weeks I got bored of it and I was in with Danny Murphy in Enniscorthy and I said to him "what am I going to do with this?" He said "why don't you write a book about it?" That's how Buddy the Drone was born.'
From there, Ron enlisted the help of talented local artist Ed Doyle who managed to sketch out what Buddy would look like and the pair created a prototype book. From there, Ron began dealing with Michael Terence Publishing in the UK and signed a deal which he hopes will see the book distributed worldwide.
'Basically the publisher is going to revamp the whole thing,' Ron explained. 'I'm told that it will be available to buy by the end of September through Amazon and places like that.'
Ron believes that the idea could also prove a lucrative one and is confident that 'Buddy the Drone' could go on to become an incredibly successful series.