When Kellie Byrnes read an article about an ill child, she began to think about how hard it must be for children to cope with being sick and not being able to enjoy the activities they normally love.
“I considered how one of the best tools children and adults can use is the imagination,” she says. “I pictured a kid looking up at the clouds and seeing interesting shapes there.
“When the title Cloud Conductor popped into my head, I knew this would be a fun direction to go in.”
The Buderim resident fulfilled a long-held dream to become an author when she released her debut book, Cloud Conductor, in May. “I’ve always been a bookworm and lover of stories, and constantly wrote my own tales as a kid. As I got older I didn’t exercise my creative ‘muscles’ so much, which happens to so many of us, I know, but once I’d been working as a freelance writer for a few years, I realised just how much I loved writing.
“After attending a big literary festival in the UK, I came home incredibly inspired and motivated. I decided it really was time to try and make my dreams a reality.”
Cloud Conductor is the result of a year-long creative process and has been published by Wombat Books and illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn.
Ms Byrnes says she hopes her book will inspire families to reignite their imaginations and embrace creativity in all stages of their lives.
Cloud Conductor is available around the Sunshine Coast at various bookstores or online through Booktopia or Wombat Books.
You can meet Ms Byrnes at a story time and craft activity session at Sandy Pages bookstore in Noosa on July 3 from 10am. For more information, visit kelliebyrnes.com/events/.
Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.