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Children's author throws community launch party

08 March 2016 16:45


A Halstead mother of two is to throw a community party to celebrate the launch of her first children’s book.

Josie Dom is holding the event on Saturday 9th April at the Queen’s Hall in her home town and she will be donating a percentage of the day’s book sales to her local branch of the NCT – a volunteer service that helps pre- and new parents with their children.

Josie said: “I have been a bookworm my whole life and have always written stories. I have taken this hobby more seriously since my first child was born ten years ago and now have a decade’s worth of material that people have told me I should do something with.”

Her first book, called ‘Lum’, tells the story of how a creature called Lum scares children, until by working together they discover that they can overcome their fears.

Josie said: “There is a subtle anti-bullying message to the story but first of all it is just a story. I couldn’t say whether it was classical or modern, it’s just me. My family have all been involved with the process and have been really supportive, giving me the confidence to decide to do this.”

The illustrations in the book have been created by Josie’s husband, whose pen name is Nic Phine.

Josie has big plans for her publishing future and hopes that the success of Lum will enable her to publish the rest of her catalogue.

She said: “I would love to be able to work with schools to do book readings. Developing this particular story into a play that can be performed to children through a theatre company is also an ambition.”

The hour-long interactive launch party will include a ‘Hunt for Lum’ game and children’s craft activities such as drawing monsters and building Lum’s house from boxes. There will also be the opportunity to meet the author and illustrator and take part in book readings. A bar will be available at the venue for parents and Lum cakes will be served for the children.

The event is on from 2:30pm-3:30pm and is free to attend. Tickets should be booked via or


Notes for Editors
About Sara Prince: Josie Dom is the pen name of Sara Prince, 45, who runs a Virtual Assistant business and is Secretary to Halstead Town Team. She is the mother of Oliver, 10, and Abigail, 7.

About Josie Dom: The name Josie Dom was created by combining the middle names of Sara’s two children. She is an undiscovered publishing powerhouse with a wealth of material lined up ready to publish. After the publication of Lum, she plans to follow up with Lum’s Mum and Lum’s Rainbow (a series of seven books, one for each colour). She also has a story about a rhino ready to publish as well as stories of a taxi driver who travels to different worlds and a journalist who investigates the questions created by nursery rhymes.

About the NCT: “We're here to support parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.”

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