Children are stars of mum’s new adventure

Science writer from Hartford pens time-travel book

Paula Manley's children Daniel and Chloe are the main characters in her book The Spirit Travellers

An imaginative mum has written a children’s book about time travelling in Cheshire, with the main characters based on her own son and daughter.

Paula Manley, 34, of Hartford, wrote The Spirit Travellers as a change from her day-job as a technical writer producing scientific documents.

Born and bred in Cheshire, Paula has always been interested in local history and a stint contributing to a Facebook page dedicated to Cheshire folklore prompted her to write a fiction book for children based on historical fact and legends.

The Spirit Travellers follows two children who discover a mysterious compass that can take them back in time. Their adventure takes them to a besieged Beeston Castle, wartime Northwich, Roman Chester and along the way they have run-ins with an infamous highwayman and a gentleman pirate.

Paula’s two youngsters Daniel, seven, and Chloe, four, have a starring role in the story as the intrepid time-travelling explorers.

She said: “It is very exciting to see my story in print and my two children are very excited to be in a story where they have so many adventures, and to be in a story that other people will read.”

And there may even be more adventures in store.

“Without giving too much away, the story ends with new possibilities for the adventures with the magical time travelling compass. I would definitely like to write a follow up story or series of stories,” Paula said.

The Spirit Travellers is available to buy now on Amazon both in electronic form and in hard copy.

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