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Lost in the Snow - the latest work by Leftwich author Mike Beddard

PUBLISHED: 00:16 20 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:08 09 October 2012

Author Mike Beddard in the lighting room at Davenham Players' Theatre

Author Mike Beddard in the lighting room at Davenham Players' Theatre

A Leftwich author is hoping new technology can help rekindle his writing career WORDS BY PAUL MACKENZIE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN COCKS

As the winter snows fall, where better for a chilly field mouse to find shelter and warmth than a cosy and quiet theatre lighting room. There the mouse can curl up and rest, away from the harsh wind and plunging temperatures and he might even find he becomes the inspiration for a budding writer.

In the mid-1990s Mike Beddard was working on the sound and lighting for the Davenham Players production of An Inspector Calls when he had a caller of his own.

A field mouse used to come in and visit us, he said. I remember thinking what a lovely story it would make. We named him Percy and I wrote a story about him for my god-daughter Rachel.

Mike, who worked for Cheshire libraries and museums trust at the time, would visit schools and often thought he could make a better job of writing a childrens book.

He sent his mouse tale to several publishers and although it received encouraging responses, it remained unpublished but with the advent of the electronic book, Mike dug the manuscript out of a drawer at his Leftwich home and updated the story.

The book Lost in the Snow is now available on Kindle. Mike, 53, added: When this new age reading device came along I thought it might give me an opportunity to update the story.

The Kindle is only just taking off, I suspect there will be a lot unwrapped at Christmas. Personally, I like a real book and if there is sufficient demand for the story to be printed then I will look into that.

The story is set in the Davenham Theatre in Church Street and two of the main characters are named Rachel, after his god-daughter, and Jack, after his eldest nephew.

Mike, who is now working on creating a series of books about the mice under the title Tales From Beauty Bank, has also written a short story for Christmas.

o download Lost in the Snow to devices running the Kindle application, for 2.29, log onto www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Beddard/e/B005JTUQIS.

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