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Memoir of a Mind Toy
About MeI'm Shelagh (that's the Irish form of Sheila!) I was born in Lancashire, UK and graduated from the University of Leeds before I moved to Scotland, where I completed a course in Information Technology at the University of Glasgow. I have many interests, including artwork, computing, reading and writing. My first novel, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine, was published in 2005. The book, which is available from all the online bookstores, was serialised on radio during May-July (daily excerpts on Preston FM's Chat City with weekly forty minute omnibus on Sundays. Listeners who would like a copy of the book can buy an e-book on mobipocket: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/eBookDetails.asp?BookID=78501 Paperback available at half the Amazon price here: http://www.lulu.com/content/6134857
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine is a story of flight, fantasy, adventure and courage. Although Emmelisa Planemaker is a strong-willed little girl, she misses her dad, who died when she was only five years old.
Emmelisa and her brother Dell have a happy and carefree life until their father becomes ill and is forced to retire at the age of forty-three. After retirement, Mr. Planemaker decides to build a scaled, model airplane because he wants to build something lasting for his children but he dies before completing the task. Three years later, Emmelisa is being seriously bullied at school by a group led by the notorious school bully, Mayja Troublemaker. When Emmelisa becomes increasingly withdrawn and unhappy, she seeks help and advice through the computer her father had used to locate specialist model aircraft companies in his quest to build a model airplane. The computer is more than just a computer and full of surprises: Mr. A. Leon Spaceman being one of them! He guides the two children to Hardwareland, where they train to become astronauts and take on an extraordinary mission into space: to follow their father's TRAIL OF LIGHT. Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine was a top ten finisher in the book art category of the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll 2005.