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Former BBC Children’s executive launches inaugural children’s book

A new author, from Sale, is launching his first in a series of children’s books, inspired by his daughter.

Stuart Rowson, 45, is creating a trilogy of adventure novels, the first of which – ‘Izzy and the Tumble Thunder’ – will be on sale on 1st November.

The books portray the challenges, worries and anxieties that children, especially young girls, face growing up these days with the main character Izzy, named after his daughter, showing how to successfully overcome them.

The series has been snapped up by new publisher Whalebone, a subsidiary of The Book Writers Resource.

Stuart, who has spent more than 20 years in the media, worked for a decade at the BBC at MediaCity in Salford. At BBC Children’s, he led the digital transformation of Newsround, oversaw the relaunch of the Children’s iPlayer, as well as the digital and social output of the department – from CBeebies apps to TikTok and YouTube strategies. He also oversaw the team that delivered Bedtime Stories, which featured a range of celebrities including Tom Hardy and Isla Fisher.

Prior to that he spent several years at BBC Sport leading on the digital and social coverage of some of the world’s biggest sporting events, from London Olympics 2012 to Wimbledon and the football World Cup in Brazil.

Since leaving the BBC, Stuart now runs his own successful media company focused on kids and younger audiences and counts Chelsea FC, Birmingham 2022, British Cycling and industry-leading production company Sunset & Vine among his clients.

The coming-of-age story focuses on a young girl called Izzy, who lives with her mum in a clock shop in London, plagued by visions of her missing dad.

After discovering a magical time-travelling device on her 13th birthday, called a Tumble Thunder, and a note she is convinced is from her dad, she must travel back through history to complete the quest to find him and realise her own destiny – all the while being hunted by an evil character from the future called the Time Shadow.

Stuart said: “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to write a novel as I’ve always loved writing, but my main inspiration came after reading all seven of the Harry Potter books to my daughter at bedtime over the course of three years.

“The idea was to write a book to give to my daughter for her 13th birthday, so I was keen to ensure it did two things: deliver a strong female character who was an anti-hero in the modern world and to give young girls a role model who wasn’t worried about fitting in or what she looked like in a selfie.

“The original idea morphed and twisted over time to become Izzy and the Tumble Thunder, and I named the main character after my daughter. Not wanting to leave Izzy’s two older brothers out, Danny and Charlie got a village named after them called Great Chardan. That’ll do them as they’re grown-ups now!

“My hope is that it teaches children to stand up for themselves and others, that it’s okay to not fit in, and to be happy being themselves.”

The sequel, Izzy and the Time Shadow, is already in the works and will be launched in 2023. Part three of the trilogy will be launched after that.

Izzy and the Tumble Thunder is available now on Amazon.


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About Izzy and the Tumble Thunder Izzy and the Tumble Thunder is a coming-of-age story about a girl with a violent temper that has seen her thrown out of school after school following a series of unfortunate accidents she thinks she caused, but can’t remember. Now, too afraid to make friends in case someone else gets hurt, she hides how smart she is to avoid attention and help her focus on her temper she calls the Fuzziness. Plagued by visions of her missing dad, she lives with her mum above a Clock Shop in West London, where she’s developed an uncanny ability to fix watch pocket watches and time pieces. Then on her 13th birthday, in an old desk given to her by her Nan, she is left a time-travelling device called a Tumble Thunder and a note she is convinced is from her Dad. Along with clues to a quest are the simple words “Find me”. To do so she must travel back through history to complete the Tumble Thunder and realise her own destiny as a Time Child; born once a millennia with the power to keep time on its rightful path. As she reluctantly becomes close to a new friend, Porter, she must learn to control the Fuzziness and travel through time – all the while being hunted by an assassin from the future. With each completed part of the Tumble Thunder quest, her senses and her powers increase and her understanding of what she must do grows. But when it all goes wrong and she fails to complete a task, she is forced into a showdown with the dreaded Time Shadow in a final bid to find her dad and realise her own destiny. About Whalebone Publishing Whalebone publishing is a subsidiary of ‘The Book Writers Resource Ltd’ a company set up during lockdown that provides a ‘One Stop Shop’ approach for aspiring authors who want to self-publish. The business takes all of the steps that lead an author to be self-published and put them all into one process. The author is at the centre of that process, with TBWR and now Whalebone supporting the author from first word to book on the right bookshelves, for sale.

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