Teacher has high hopes for first book

Joanne Kershaw is a primary school teacher, She self-published a book and then a publisher picked it up and took her under their wing.
Joanne Kershaw is a primary school teacher, She self-published a book and then a publisher picked it up and took her under their wing.
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A teacher is hoping to give Twilight author Stephenie Meyer a run for her money after penning her first book.

Joanne Kershaw, who teaches at Stanley Grove Primary, has high hopes for Vanguard Legacy Foretold, which she wrote in just 15 hours one summer.

After self-publishing the book, it was picked up by Xchyler publishing and is getting rave reviews on amazon.

It tells the story of Elora who is from the Vanguard race, which aims to protect the Ignari people from the Dark Seekers. She longs to make her mother proud, but does not wish to follow in her footsteps. When she learns her whole life is built on a lie, she ends up not only trying to keep the Ignari safe, but is in a race against time to save the world.

The mum-of-four said: “I live and breathe books and always wanted to write one, but the nearest I ever got was having a story published in our local paper when I was eight.

“I love the young adult genre and the book wrote itself because I had so many ideas that all came together really nicely. I’ve even written the sequel already.”

The 33-year-old has used her own experience of becoming a published author to inspire her pupils. She added: “It is important for them to see that you can achieve anything if you work hard enough. They have been so supportive and I have signed copies for them in school.”

But juggling family, work and author life has not been easy. Mrs Kershaw said: “My colleagues have no idea how I find the time, but my husband has been fantastic. He keeps the children occupied for me if I have writing to do. They are all really proud of me. Not sleeping and eating loads of chocolate helps too.”

Mrs Kershaw, teaches Year 6 would love her work to be turned into a film or TV series.