In May 2017, we were lucky enough to start our own family, introducing our little boy Harris to the world. Without the support network of family close by, we have had to learn through trial and error how to raise our baby into the toddler that he is today.
As the majority of parents reading this will empathise, it’s a tough job and without anyone supplying a rule book or an instruction manual, you find yourself with a severe lack of sleep and at your wits end when things don’t go as expected.
One morning, when Harris finally went to sleep – yes, you read that correctly as he’d kept us awake almost all night…again, I decided to put pen to paper and write a children’s picture book about his sleeping issues. This was a way that I could express and document what we were going through and make some sense of why Harris wouldn’t sleep.
Having read my short story to family, friends and other parents, I have received overwhelming feedback which inspired me to begin the journey of publishing my first book, “The Koala That Couldn’t Sleep”.
I launched a campaign (click here) to raise money to self-publish the first print run of my book and begin to distribute it around the world with a hope to become the next Aaron Blabey (Pig the Pug) or Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo).
The shipment of hardcover books has now arrived in Brisbane and I’m in the process of stocking bookshops, gift shops, hospitals and day care centres with my book! It is also available as a softcover book from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon Canada for people outside of Australia that don’t want to pay for the overseas delivery of the book (although I would definitely recommend the beautiful hardcover one if you can stretch to those extra few pounds/dollars).
I have already written another book with the same theme but covering a different parenting/baby issue and depending on the commercial success of this first one, then I will release the second in early 2019.
I would like to thank everyone that have contributed to the publishing and launch of this book and those of you that have supported me throughout this whole process. I hope you all enjoy the book and I look forward to releasing more stories that my wife and two little boys have/will inspire me to write.