A MOULTON author inspired by the village landscape is releasing his debut children’s book.

David Yearsley, from Park Lane, has penned his second novel The Mystery of Cloverdaisy Cottage, a fantasy story about two best friends who love to explore.

The book is based on his memories of growing up in Moulton, using a marsh that has now been built on as the basis for a setting.

David, who recently turned 60, said: “I started writing seriously around eight years ago but the gap in switching between genres was due to editing and attempting to get a literary agent.

“The story is based around the marsh because there are strong historical and geographical links to both Vale Royal Abbey and Bostock Hall pond.

“It has been a long road to get this book published. I had the initial idea around three years ago but I’m finally here after a number of setbacks.

“I can’t wait to see what response it gets.”

The former lawyer is also adept at writing adult fiction and received high acclaim for his first piece of work Winding the Clock Back.

David added: “My aims are to establish a stronger adventurous niche in the children’s book market particularly linked to local places of interest.

“I’m full of ideas that are coming from everywhere at the moment. This novel could have had four or five possible endings, which I’m now saving for sequels.

“Writing has always been a passion of mine. But it has taken a number of years to unlock the potential and it has been a great decision to pursue it.

“I like to combine folklore and superstition with fantasy, magic and mystery so if readers like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Matilda or Merlin then they will love this.”

The Mystery of Cloverdaisy Cottage is aimed at five to seven year olds and is available from high street chains, Amazon, or through the author.

David will be hosting book signing events at Northwich Library on Wednesday, December 6, from 2pm to 5pm, at Winsford Library on Friday, December 15, from 2pm to 5pm, and at the Ink Doctor shop opposite Northwich Library from 9am to 2pm.