Hi my name is Celia Carlile and I’ve just been invited to write something here about my new book ‘The Christmas Song‘.

In 2010 after some unsuccessful attempts at writing and illustrating  children’s picture books I went online to find a course to help me.  The illustration course with the London Art College seemed perfect and I quickly enrolled.  It was one of my best decisions ever.

Maggy Roberts was my tutor and I learned an enormous amount. During my course I entered one of the competitions posted on the LAC site and was rummer up which resulted in me illustrating Wendy Hesketh’s book The Slimy Slug. I continued my course and received my diploma in illustration with merit in 2011.

I went on to do the advanced course where I worked on a book with Maggy’s advice, suggestions and recommendations.  My husband Orison , wrote the story.  That book has now been published and is for sale on Amazon.

It’s a very sweet story about a little girl, Emily, who is so excited about Christmas that she just can’t sleep.  Santa comes when children are asleep so he and Rudolf must wait outside. Through the window Father Christmas can see Emily singing all her favourite Christmas songs so he decides to write a special song for her. The words, piano music and guitar chords are included at the back of the book and if you go to the link given you can actually hear Santa singing for Emily online.

I’ve dedicated the book to Maggy Roberts to say “Thank You” for helping me to realise my dream.  The Christmas Song by Celia and Orison Carlile would make a lovely gift for children between the ages of two and five. You can purchase it on Amazon here >>

My husband has written another story which I’m currently working on and hope to see in print before the end of 2014.


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