Rossendale Free Press
Great minds think alike to grow new book idea
FORMER teachers whose business helps children and adults be the best version of themselves have published a beautifully illustrated book.
Grow Your Mindset, based in Waterfoot, Rossendale, is run by Gemma Sanchez and business partner Liz Cronshaw, from Greenmount, who set up their business in September 2018.
After completing a successful workshop at a school, and ‘joking’ about writing a book, Gemma decided to go for it.
She said: “We had a talk and we decided to base it on the learning blocks we use in workshops; these are the five areas of learning that we discuss. One is effort, and I thought about making a character, and Eddie Effort was born. He is the subject of the first book.
It is going to be a series with each book focusing on one of the different learning blocks.”
Millie Mistakes will be the title of a book that will be published for Easter, others are Freya Feedback, Suzie Self Belief and Charlie Challenge.
Once the words had been written, Gemma’s 10-yearold son Salvador read the book and asked his mum if the character was based on him.
Gemma said: “Salvador finds most things very easy, but when something is hard, he will give up. So he needs to put more effort in when that happens. I never set out to write a story about my son, but the scenario in the book was one that I know Salvador struggles with, and because it is in part based on a real person that also makes the story more relatable.”
The book was illustrated by Becky Stout, originally from Preston but who now lives on the Outer Hebrides.
Gemma said: “We held sessions over Zoom when we discussed the personalities of the children, the sort of clothes they would be wearing and what they physically looked like. Then Becky interpreted the brief and came up with the five characters.”
The first book features all the children; their individual learning struggles will be highlighted in their own subsequent books.
Liz said: “The characters are all being based on our experiences as teachers and since we set up the business up. We see common traits in children and they often share the same struggles. It is important that the characters are believable. The books are aimed at primary age children and each is a short story, but there is a message in there for everybody.”
Liz and Gemma will be offering schools a chance to meet the authors, over Zoom or in person, as soon as they are permitted.
Books, costing £7.99, are available from www.growyourmindset.co.uk or email info@ growyourmindset. co.uk . Grow Your Mindset won two awards - the SME Elite Most Reputable Business Training and Coaching Provider 2020 and the Creative Business title at this month’s Rossendale Business Awards.