ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louise was inspired to write childrens literature by her two year old son. Tired of buying books that she found distasteful and not very calming to a childs mind she embarked on her own mission. To create a set of characters and books which whilst still had an element of adventure were calming and balanced. Books you can read before bedtime that leave a childs mind calm and at peace ready for sleep.
Storylines are simple, but Louises books have a higher wordcount than your average childs book for this age range.
This is because Louise felt that the storylines in current childrens books were too short in her own words:
"I felt like I wasn't giving my son enough with the books I was buying, whilst he is only 2 he wants and needs a longer narrative, with a storyline he can relate to. I found it almost impossible to buy books that gave me at least 15 minutes of reading time as a minimum with my son. So I set out to invent Flo and Teddy, initially I would make the stories up at bedtime, but he loved them so much I felt I needed to bring them out to the public. I am sure there are many other parents out there who feel the same way that I did." - L.E.Lench, 2013
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Nick J.Townsend is an English artist and rock musician who fell in love with the two characters Flo and Teddy created by L.E. Lench and insisted on helping bring them to life through his illustrations.
Sick of seeing so many modern children's books filled with unimaginative art he ensured that the world of Flo and Teddy is warm, colourful, beautiful and inspiring for young readers. Nick spent a lot of time discussing with the author how each image should complement the narrative.
"In my youth, the pictures in a children's book were always closely bonded with the story, it's another window into the authors imagination and I made sure that L.E. Lench was completely happy with the development and look of Flo and Teddy" - Nick J.Townsend
Nick provided the images in raw format, hand drawn to perfection where Louise then took them and filled them with colour and converted them into digital format for print.
"Nick was fantastic to work with on this, he has an unrivaled imagination perfect for bringing my characters to life." - L.E.Lench
ABOUT FLO AND TEDDY
Flo is a young Elephant, she is best friends with Teddy (a Tiger) The Flo and Teddy books are aimed at 2 - 5 year olds, all books have a longer storyline than normal, allowing for more reading time with your children. Storylines are calming, contain no vulgar words and each contain a moral. In Book 1 they visit the fair for the very first time. They experience the thrills of the rides and when Flo accidentally loses something very important to Teddy they soon realise that friendship is far more important than material items.
There are 6 books in the series. This project is to fund the first book, if we raise more than our goal then we may be able to fund the start of the second book also *fingers crossed*
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Risks and challenges
The main challenge is getting the book published. Obviously if we meet our target we will have the funding available to be able to meet all of the backers rewards. We will also have some books left over that we can start to market to a wider audience. Initially we wanted to try and sell enough books on pre order to fund the first print run, but after finding this site we feel that this is a much better way to achieve our dream of turning these books into a reality. It also enables us to give some fantastic thank you gifts away to everyone who chooses to fund the project. We have brilliant items from signed first editions through to Original artwork from the book and much much more.
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