Lisa Donovan, seen hugging daughters Sarah and Charlie, is raising money to publish her children’s book, Andy the Ant.
Lisa Donovan, seen hugging daughters Sarah and Charlie, is raising money to publish her children’s book, Andy the Ant. Sharyn O'Neill

Help author's publishing dream

LISA Donovan’s dream of being a children’s author ignited when she fell pregnant for the first time about six years ago.

Then she miscarried in the ninth month of her pregnancy and her world came crashing down.

The Morning Bulletin columnist wrote her first book Andy the Ant during the pregnancy and had planned a whole series.

She started researching publishers and agents but when she lost her son it all fell apart.

Since then Lisa has become a proud mother to two young girls, Sarah and Charlie, and has decided it’s time she realised her dream.

“It just makes you so much more appreciative of what you’ve got,” Lisa said of losing her son.

“I wanted to do something positive for my girls’ futures.”

Lisa said she wanted to make each book fun for children, but also carry a lesson.

When friend and artist John Ellis agreed to illustrate the books, Lisa had everything she needed, except funding.

Using the website www.kickstarter.com, Lisa is trying to raise enough money to publish 1000 copies which she hopes will then keep the series going.

Her goal is to raise $9000 by August 14, and if she gets there she’ll cut off her hair for charity.

Her plan is to donate her beautiful blonde tresses to Locks of Love, a charity that provides hairpieces to children in the United States and Canada suffering from hair loss.

Lisa plans to donate profits made from the second book onwards to charities.

To support Lisa visit www.kickstarter.com and search Lisa Donovan.



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