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Wolverhampton author overcomes dyslexia to release novel

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

An author, who was determined to not let dyslexia get in his way, has published his first children's book.

Nathan Jones, from Woodcross, Wolverhampton, first began writing fiction after sending his work into a competition for ITV.

He received advice from Denise Robertson who suggested he hired an editor to help finalise his work.

Nathan said: "Since I was young I've always wanted to write but being dyslexic I've always found it a challenge because people can't understand my writing and grammar.

Nathan Jones and Gareth Hill with their book Nanny Mcnoon and her Magical Broom

"After having my first child Logan I would read him bed time stories but we both thought they were boring so I promised him that I would write a story that involved him.

"Eventually I started to write Nanny McNoon and her Magical Broom. Once I finished the story I found an editor online called Esther Lee I sent my work."

It follows the tale of Logan, a young boy who stumbles into the magical world of Nanny McNoon.

Nathan Jones and Gareth Hill with their book Nanny Mcnoon and her Magical Broom

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The book is now being sold on Amazon and has been digitally illustrated by Nathan's friend Gareth Hill who runs a custom design business.

Nathan added: "I've known Gareth since school and he said he would love to do the illustration for the book. We both got our heads together and came up with a the drawings and Gareth did them perfectly.

"When we went into lockdown we both decided to get the work done while we could.

Nathan Jones and Gareth Hill with their book Nanny Mcnoon and her Magical Broom

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"I starting to use Google Slides and Google Docs to create the book, we then self-published on Amazon.

"It feels amazing and I want to continue to write, thanks to Denise Robertson and her advice people like me can write if they want to and get the help we need with our projects."

Nathan Jones and Gareth Hill with their book Nanny Mcnoon and her Magical Broom

As well as writing, Nathan also works at his family's business Deakin-Jones Family Butchers and Deli in Concord Market in Sedgley.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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