Author Sharon Booth launches three children's books inspired by Tasmania's landscapes and her childhood memories

Author: Sharon Booth and her three children's books, written and illustrated by herself. Picture: Lucy Stone
Author: Sharon Booth and her three children's books, written and illustrated by herself. Picture: Lucy Stone

Drawing on her own childhood memories and friendships, Launceston author Sharon Booth says it still hasn’t quite sunk in that she’s now a published children’s book author.

Mrs Booth, who writes under the name Sharon Yaxley, has published three books about teddy bear and puppy friends Dunstan and Theodore, and their adventures around Tasmania.

With a fourth book to be set in City Park, Mrs Booth said she just decided it was time to write and illustrate her own stories.

“It took months to start the illustrations but once I got going, I couldn’t stop,” she said.

“If anyone wants to write a book, just do it.”

As a teacher’s assistant, she said it was a delight to see school children she works with realise she was actually the author.