A TALENTED Bromsgrove artist has scored a book deal with a reputable publisher after her work was spotted on social media.
When Marnie Mauri first created Doodle Girl she had no idea she would end up teaming up with two successful writers to launch a children’s book with international publishers Simon &Schuster.
The artist has manifested a powerful social media presence and it was here she caught the attention of children’s book writers Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor.
Marnie told the Standard: “I’ve always dreamed of illustrating my own book since I was very young.
“We got a four-book deal within a year and we’ve been working on it since then.”
Entitled Doodle Girl and the Monkey Mystery – the book is aimed at children of pre-school age and centres around Doodle Girl – a character who lives in a sketch book with her little group of animal and insect friends.
Doodle Girl has a magic pencil which she uses to transform random doodles into modes of transport.
Marnie said: “It’s very much about using your imagination and locking into your creativity.
“To reinforce this, at the end of the story there’s a giant pull out doodle poster which features all the characters and events from the story so the readers can re-live it again and again.”
Doodle Girl and the Monkey Mystery is scheduled for release on May 5.