Elsa Bridger

Biography

My twin girls, Sophie and Felicity, told me this weekend that I’m still a teenager! Yay! They added that it’s not just because I scrape in at a petite five foot tall, still love to ride ponies and roller skate (well, my husband does have a roller skating club!) But that I also write great stories filled with magic, fairies, mermaids and Unipegs (horses; half Unicorn, half Pegasus ) all on their request! They didn’t mention whether my looks are those of a teenager, other than my height - and I wasn’t brave enough to ask!
My plan was for just the one book, but I happily went on to write book two then three and now the fourth. Okay, I admit it, I’m addicted to writing! It’s absorbing, mind stretching and exhilarating - especially when I see my children become so excited as I read to them. Unless, of course, I’m trying to get them to sleep, that is. So be warned; they’ve (happily) been described as ‘page turners’ by my readers - and that includes the parents who enjoyed them too.
In fact, I'm really excited to be able to share with you that a recent Bloomsbury critique of my first two books, has described them as: "Plot driven, imaginative stories, that I can see having real appeal for younger readers." And as having, "vivid characterisation and an inventive world." Amazingly encouraging feedback from such a well respected, mainstream publisher!
I also enjoy my time out on school visits, 'book-ish' fun days at bookshops and working as an Ambassador for The Publisher's Association, helping to promote reading - of which I'm passionate about!
One of my goals was also to produce paper copies, and I’m very happy to say that I’ve achieved it. They look great too - thanks to my mother, Margaret Alford, for all the beautiful illustrations. Thanks also, to FeedaRead for your brilliant customer service.
I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my stories with your children for years to come, as much as I have enjoyed creating and sharing them with mine :)
Right, on with book 4!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in West Sussex, England. My mother didn't drive then, and my father worked six days a week and as many of my friends lived quite a distance from me, I spent quite a lot of time making my own entertainment.
I was also lucky enough to have riding lessons once a week from about five years old, and longed to have a pony of my own. The rest of my free time was either spent playing outside or reading books. I loved to climb a big holly tree which grew in our garden, taking a book up with me to read sometimes. Reading allowed me to be anyone, travel anywhere and live a totally different life. Books are still like a time travelling porthole to me!
I believe it was having the space and the time to invent my own games and to amuse myself, which has developed my imagination, alongside my love of books, which has lead me to where I am today. Now I get the chance to write my own adventures and it's just as thrilling for me writing them as it is to read them!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing takes me right out of my day-to-day world. I love to create new worlds and characters, which I actually feel a responsibility for! Time just whizzes by and I'm always super-keen to return to it.
Writing, for me, is like painting - creating images which can provoke memories of smells, tastes and emotions, which are all invisible, hidden inside the cover, until you cast your eyes over the written words, then they spring up into life! Equal to this, is seeing Sophie and Felicity's faces light up as I read my stories to them - priceless moments!
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Where to find Elsa Bridger online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Magic Book Series, Book 4: Mystery of the Missing Book
Series: The Magic Book. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,830. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Sophie left their beloved Magic Book at the stables by mistake and by next morning, it’s gone! Finding one remaining, torn page gives them a shred of hope of finding it. Joined by three friends on a sleep-over, and an unexpected past acquaintance, the twin sisters embark on a midnight paper-chase of riddles, talking animals and illusive Unipegs. But will it lead them to their very special Book?
The Magic Book Series, Book 3: Mermaid Secrets and Lies
Series: The Magic Book. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,380. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Sophie and Felicity continue their two part underwater adventure (each book can be enjoyed on its own). More mermaid secrets - and lies, are revealed as Felicity, in her desperation to return to dry land, realises her plan to do so, is seriously flawed! Unwittingly, she leads Sophie, and their new merfolk friends, straight into the mouth of danger! Can their Magic Book save them this time?!
The Magic Book Series, Book 2: Mermaid Secrets
Series: The Magic Book. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,970. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Sophie and Felicity are on a family day out to the beach. Felicity makes a hasty decision to dash into the waves after a glimpsed sighting of what she believes to have been a mermaid. Just a short while later, after a dramatic turn of events, they're back in the thick of the action! Will their Magic Book be able to save them? Or are they truly 'out of their depth' this time? Dive in to find out!
The Magic Book Series, Book 1: Saving the Fairies of Serenia
Series: The Magic Book. Price: Free! Words: 18,620. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When a book isn't just a book and when a school isn't just a school, Sophie and Felicity start to wonder if what they understood to be the mundane and the hum-drum is in fact only the surface! They are drawn into a battle with The Wicked One to save not just Serenia, home to the fairies, but Earth too, the very place we all call 'home'!

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