Has someone you loved died suddenly?
Are you looking for answers?
This novella, written and illustrated by the author, will take you on a journey into the beauty of nature as you reflect on life, death and rebirth through Anna’s imaginary world of the secret pond. Grieving the death of her Grandmother, Anna finds spiritual comfort in the lives and adventures of the central characters Norris Newt, Tom Toad, Bovis Beetle and the metamorphosis of Della the dragonfly.
The boundaries of imagination and reality blur as Anna becomes cocooned in her fantasy world where time no longer exists and death is the gateway to new life. The words and illustrations blend to create a soothing escape for those facing emotional trials.
your book is truly lovely
by Pat Skacel
I couldn't put it down Sally! What a delightful read from beginning to end. How many authors can write AND illustrate their own story. You transported me to Whaddon for the duration of my indulgent read.
by Deb Grills
I so enjoyed your book especially the enchanting illustrations.
by Mary Rennie
I couldn't put your book down Sally, and I am now re reading it more slowly to fully appreciate the beautiful tale. The illustrations are fascinating too. My copy will always be treasured.
by Catherine Baldwin
The author was born in 1954 in Yorkshire. She studied English literature at A level and went to Leeds University where she gained a B.A. Honours degree in Textile Design. Sally has always had a love of books, writing, art and sport and has spent much of her working life in sport and leisure but now wishes to devote more time to writing and painting.
Her first work of fiction, Reflections on a Secret Pond, was inspired through the death of her mother in 2002. By directing grief into creative writing, she was able to turn this bereavement into a positive experience. The initial script was sent to Elizabeth Ashworth at Writelink for comment. She advised that it had “good potential but some hard work to do”. Eight years and many hours of writing and painting later, her passion to create an illustrated novel has materialised. Sally lives in Wiltshire with her partner and two faithful dogs Blondie and Amivo.