By Rose Willigar
FIVE ISLANDS - Pat Lewis' love for writing began when she was a teenager, but after setting aside her pen fifteen years ago she picked it back up last August to create Lewis' first children's book, My Friend the Unicorn.
A retired legal secretary who lives in Five Islands with her husband Cecil, Pat has raised three boys and now has four grandchildren who inspire her creativity when it comes to writing.
"My grandchildren (Brody, Ryan, Emma and Chloe) are a great inspiration to me, My Friend the Unicorn is dedicated to them," Pat said adding that the grandchildren were excited to have the book dedicated to them.
The idea of the unicorn came from Cecil's cousin who had given Pat a unicorn. Having always liked unicorns, Pat began to research them to incorporate them into a children's story.
Having completed literacy studies at the Institute of Children's Literature in West Redding, Connecticut, Pat modestly said that she inherited her love for writing from her older brother.
"I write fantasy for fun, but I also write about it because it reinforces a sense of faith in things unseen for children. Kids believe in things like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. It gives them memories when they grow up," Pat said.
The newly published author has two children's books in progress, The Legend of the Tooth Fairy, The Legend of Silverleigh and close to 100 poems for both young and old.
"I use a pen name of Pat Bremner-Lewis. My maiden name is Bremner, therefore I thought if my books are in the Digby area (where Pat was born and raised) people from the area would recognize the Bremner name," the author said.
There will be a book signing at Coles Book Store in Amhers Nov. 7, and at Coles Book Store in Truro Nov.14, both from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., where the books will retail for $12.95.
Pat also said she will be visiting book stores throughout Nova Scotia in regards to potential book signings and distribution.