Siggy Loves Sausages 'He may just come in his birthday suit'

Welcome to author Brian Frederick who has dropped by to tell us all about his novel Siggy Loves Sausages and to give us the lowdown on one of his characters.

While we're waiting for your guest to arrive, Brian, can you tell us a little about your book?

Can Siggy Keep His Word? Will this sweet little sausage dog be able to resist his favourite tasty temptations, stay true to his pledge, and save a Big Birthday Surprise? Join Siggy, as he learns about the happiness that comes from keeping promises, during his romp through a fast and fabulous adventure that takes him into the deep dark woods, where magic sometimes happens...

Who will you be inviting for a cocktail and why?

I guess my partners in mocktail crime will be Siggy and Phyllis. I'm very happy to bring along some other sketchy people. Come to think of it, I must invite Anya the Woodland sprite too. So, it'll be a booking for 4 of us. The sprite is 467 so she can get stuck into the hard stuff!

What will they be wearing?

All of us will be in our glad rags. I'll break out a blue velvet jacket and a kilt in Buchanan (ancient) tartan as I am actually Brian Frederick McKibbin of the Clan Buchanan. Siggy may wear a promo T-Shirt to reference his upcoming new book Siggy the Soccer Dog, or he may just come in his birthday suit. Phyllis will wear a lovely frock and Anya will turn up in a Faery gown.

What will they be ordering from the cocktail menu?

We'll have to have a shifty at the Mocktail menu. A few years ago I'd have had something gin based to begin with - so perhaps I'll go for a SipSmith and tonic. Siggy will have Adam's Ale and the ladies maybe will have something Manhattan-ish in honour of the venue, but sans the sauce. Anya might just go for it anyway!

How will they react if the waiter spills their cocktail over them?

Three of us will laugh it off. The sprite might get dangerous... especially if she is on the hard stuff!

What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink?

Anything at all! I'm just dead happy to get out of the virtual house! I'm hoping that everyone behaves themselves long enough for us to get a second drink! = )

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Author Bio

Children’s book author Brian Frederick enjoyed creating his own worlds and being an insatiable reader from an early age. He always wanted to be a writer, having won praise and awards for his early stories, and was particularly inspired by the Narnia stories. When he writes, he finds himself entering a bubble of creativity, allowing his mind to wander into an imaginary realm.

Brian grew up in Northern Ireland, during “the Troubles” and went to a posh school where CS Lewis was once a pupil and Samuel Beckett briefly taught. Brian made the sports pages as a champion swimmer, travelling widely and representing Ireland as well as being a serial holder of records. He says he may have been more dedicated to training than to his studies at times.

After school, he studied for a Law degree at Southampton University, before taking a Master’s in Law at Queen’s University, while he enjoyed all that student life had to offer. A legal career beckoned, of course, and he pursued it, but it turned out that Brian liked being a writer more than being a lawyer.

“I much prefer writing stories to writing writs,” he quips.

Whether the story is about embracing enthusiasm and good cheer, or finding gratitude in the little things, Brian’s characters are blessed with good fortune. In Brian’s picture book, Siggy Loves Sausages, the magical little dog Siggy is rewarded for his positivity—with a sausage, of course!

His philosophy is that a great book is one that shares the beauty in everyday life. His relatability to children is evident. Real events and local children delivering little bouquets of flowers to their neighbours inspired The Phabulous Phlower Phaeries, his forthcoming book for older children.

Brian’s hope is that his stories provide happiness and enjoyment to his young readers.

Asked about his philosophy of life as a writer, Brian said:

“I don’t know if stories for children can change the world, but I hope they can make it a little better – certainly for my readers.

I hope I can bring a little more joy into the world, and a little more truth and kindness.

I do care that these and other important things are often in short supply when they needn’t be. Maybe my readers and I can change that together…”

When he isn’t writing imaginative life lessons for children—whilst listening to loud indie rock music on headphones—Brian enjoys following Manchester United Football Club and taking country walks with his wife, Harvinder (whose family hail from the Punjab).

Together they live in a small nature reserve, where their house is alive with birdsong and woodland critters run around the trees like a fairytale forest. Outside a few of the locals take a daily stroll with their dogs. One of the dogs is Günther the dachshund who inspired Siggy. It’s a perfect haven for storytelling. Especially stories about sausage dogs!

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