Stay-at-home mom writes book encouraging her little girl to “dream big” during lockdown – and 30 stories later she hopes to become a full-time author

Stay-at-home mom writes book encouraging her little girl to “dream big” during lockdown – and 30 stories later she hopes to become a full-time author

Stay-at-home mom writes book encouraging her little girl to “dream big” during lockdown – and 30 stories later she hopes to become a full-time author

A stay-at-home mom who wrote a book about a giraffe for her daughter to encourage her to “dream big” and stay confident during the block, went on to write 30 short stories and became a published author.

And Rebecca Stack, 44, who has overcome a rare form of breast cancer but fears it may return, followed the advice of her first story and is now full of great ambitions herself.

Because she hopes writing will become her full-time career and help create a lasting legacy for her daughter, now five, whom she prefers not to name, and adult son Matthew, 25.

Rebecca initially wrote the stories to entertain her daughter during the block.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca initially wrote the stories to entertain her daughter during the block. (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca of Newport, Wales, worked as an assistant accountant before leaving her job to care for her daughter and self-published two stories from her collection about funny animals learning valuable life lessons.

She said: “I’ve always loved writing, but the block has really helped me focus and working on the books to entertain my girlfriend was a huge motivator.

“It was so thrilling to see her face when I gave her the first published book.”

Rebecca has written over 30 stories since the lockdown began.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca has written over 30 stories since the lockdown began. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He added: “I want to leave a legacy for my children.”

Rebecca’s first book, Gordon the Giraffe Dreams Big, was written in November 2020, during the second Covid lockdown.

Rebecca said, “I was watching my little girl go from having a lot of different activities all week to doing practically nothing.”

Mom now hopes to make this her full time job.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Mom now hopes to make this her full time job. (Collect / Real Life PA)

She added: “I could see it was hitting her and undermining her confidence.

“It was then that I came up with the idea of ​​Gordon – a giraffe who wants to fly – and I wrote her the story to remind her to dream big and not be afraid to put yourself out there.

“She loved it and begged me to do more.”

Rebecca was inspired to write Addy the Anxious Aardvark during a yoga class.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca was inspired to write Addy the Anxious Aardvark during a yoga class. (Collect / Real Life PA)

But it wasn’t until March 2021 when inspiration struck again.

Rebecca said, “I signed up for Goldster, an online platform that hosts over 450 different classes on Zoom, which is ideal for me as I’m a busy mom.

“It was during an online yoga and meditation class that I came up with the idea of ​​Addy the Anxious Aardvark.”

Rebecca says she wants to create an inheritance for her children.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca says she wants to create an inheritance for her children. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He added: “The book, in which Addy learns to fight her anxiety, was taking shape before my eyes and I had to pull out my phone and quickly type in a few notes while it was fresh in my mind.”

Over the next year, Rebecca estimated that she wrote over 30 stories, many about animals with an inspiring life lesson to share, for the amusement of her five-year-old, who she prefers not to name.

She said, “My daughter loves them and asked me if I could print a physical version for her when I thought about trying to publish my books.”

Rebecca dedicated her first scribbles to Goldster's tutors.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca dedicated her first scribbles to Goldster’s tutors. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He added: “I’ve been trying for six months to find a literary agent, but it’s a tough market, so towards the end of 2021, I made the leap to self-publishing.”

Rebecca said she got in touch with Jelly Bean Self-Publishing, who agreed to help her publish her first book for around £ 1,350.

“I self-published Gordon the Giraffe Dreams Big with them in February 2022 and then my second book, Addy the Anxious Aardvark, was published in May 2022, with my son’s girlfriend, Meg, 25, as my proofreader. drafts “.

Rebecca, pictured here with her son, Matthew, and his fiancée, Meg.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca, pictured here with her son, Matthew, and his fiancée, Meg. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He added: “It was very exciting to see the final result.”

But there was a major critic who wanted to get his hands on Rebecca’s story.

She said, “My little girl was so excited to finally have the physical book I promised her.”

Rebecca wrote her first book in October 2020. (Collect / PA Real Life)

Rebecca wrote her first book in October 2020. (Collect / PA Real Life)

She added: “A typical five-year-old, though, saw my signature on the cover and told me they had the wrong name printed, which should have said ‘By Mummy’.”

And when Rebecca’s second book was published, she paid tribute to the yoga class where her idea was born.

He said: “In the back of the book, I dedicated my first scribbles to the Goldster teachers because it was their class that stimulated my creativity.”

Meg corrected Rebecca's books for her.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Meg corrected Rebecca’s books for her. (Collect / Real Life PA)

She added: “I’ve actually become obsessed with their classes now. I take art classes, tai chi and have also written multiple books with the help of their creative writing courses. “

Now, Rebecca’s books are available for purchase online or at the market stalls where she sells them.

He said: “I go around doing stalls and I also sell them to schools.”

Inspiration hit again in March 2021 when Rebecca wrote her second book.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Inspiration hit again in March 2021 when Rebecca wrote her second book. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He added: “It’s not so much about money for me, it’s also a legacy that I am creating for my children and to help children with their well-being.”

In 2010, when she was 32, Rebecca was diagnosed with invasive stage 3 lobular carcinoma in situ, a type of breast cancer.

The mom of two plans to publish more books soon.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

The mom of two plans to publish more books soon. (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca said: “After I got the green light, I was told it is normal for women between 45 and 55 to see him come back.

“I’ll be turning 45 next year, so that worry is in the back of my mind. I know that through these books, I am creating something my children can look back on for years to come and be proud of me. “

And Rebecca’s writing career has just begun.

Rebecca also sold her books to schools.  (Collect / Real Life PA)

Rebecca also sold her books to schools. (Collect / Real Life PA)

He said: “I intend to publish more of my books in the next few years. I have also written a book of chapters for older children on nature which I intend to submit to publications.

“Who would have thought that some books I had written for my daughter in solitary confinement would spark a new career for me?

“Can’t wait to see where it leads.”

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