A festive tale...
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 December 2012
A WESTON father who became inspired to write a Christmas children's book while on a family trip to Lapland has seen it transform into an electronic story - and hopes one day to see it in print.
James Wilmot, aged 38, has had the story of The Boy Who Became Father Christmas filling his head since a visit to the snowy land for his honeymoon with wife Helen 11 years ago.
But the father of two admitted it was a family trip to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary, accompanied by his sons Rowan, aged seven, and four-year-old Henry that inspired him to finally put pen to paper.
James, of Severn Avenue, said: “I haven’t written before, but this story has been in my head since a visit to Lapland.
“I feel that the Father Christmas story is surrounded by myths and legend.
“I wanted to use elements of these legends while creating something that feels new and that my boys will enjoy.”
The story, about a young boy filled with courage and wonder, goes on a journey to reach his destiny to become the man in the big red suit.
The cover art has been created by Sarah Jeffs, a former Weston College student.
The Boy Who Became Father Christmas is available to read via wattpad.com and also has its own Facebook page and website.
James said: “The book is available online for everyone to enjoy, but I would like to see it published one day.”