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Freelance IllustratorPaddy Donnelly

The Vanishing Lake

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My debut author/illustrated picture book, The Vanishing Lake, will be released in April 2021! It was published by Yeehoo Press in Chinese in 2020, and it's now going to be available in English too. Exciting times!

The Vanishing Lake is about a little girl called Meara who goes to visit her Grandad who lives by a lake which disappears and reappears for no apparent reason. She constantly asks her Grandad why it happens and each time he has a more extravagant and unbelievable reason for her. Meara won’t believe any of his stories, but then eventually she may discover the ‘real’ reason.

The story is actually based on a real place, close to where I grew up in Ballycastle in Ireland. It’s a lake called Loughareema which actually does disappear and reappear every few days, depending on the weather.

You can read an interview I did here for the publisher's blog, which includes info about the process and a few sneak peeks from the book. I also recorded a little video for them announcing the book.

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