An undergraduate who found himself back home in Haverhill and self-isolated because of the covid-19 pandemic has used the unexpected spare time to write his debut illustrated children’s book.
Jack Trott was in his final year of studies for a BA in film and TV at the University of Greenwich when the coronavirus crisis caused him to return to his home town earlier than planned.
Being diabetic, the 22-year-old was unable to go out for a while and during that time he came up with the idea of creating the book, titled Messy Jessie and inspired by his own daughter.
Jack, who lives in Keeble’s Yard, said: “I have a one-year-old daughter called Jessica-Rose and that’s where I got my inspiration from. I’ve seen how messy she can get.
“Because we are in lockdown and I had to self-isolate because I am at high risk I thought it would be interesting to publish a book and dedicate it to my daughter.”
The story follows the daily life of young Jessie and the messy activities she gets up to, leading to even the child herself uttering the phrase “I’m such a messy Jessie”.
To find an illustrator Jack posted an advert on Fiverr, a platform used by many freelance artists.
He got, said Jack ‘60 people messaging me saying I would be able to deliver what you want’ but having checked out the portfolios of the respondents he selected Barcelona-based Cristina Mavrodin to do the illustrations.
The book has been published by Author House and is available on its website. It is also available on the Barnes & Noble website and some copies can be bought on Amazon and e-Bay.
Jack hopes though, to get the book distributed to chains such as Waterstones and WH Smith, saying: “To see your book in a store would be amazing.
“A few people have asked me are you going to publish another book and I said I’m going to see how this book goes first before I start paying out money to release another book but there are a few idea that I’ve got.”