Trained illustrator Dave Shelton, who was born and raised in Narborough, is preparing to release the follow-up to A Boy and a Bear and a Boat.
The novel earned him the 2013 Branford Boase Award for children’s literature and sold tens of thousands of copies around the world.
His new book, Thirteen Chairs, which also features illustrations by Dave, is aimed at young readers aged 10 and upwards and he is hoping for an even bigger success.
Thirteen Chairs tells the story of a boy called Jack.
Dave said: “Jack goes to a mysterious house and finds 12 people at a table in the candlelight and each of them tells a ghost story. I tried to use a variety of character voices and make the book darker than A Boy and a Bear and a Boat.”
Dave, 46, who lives in Cambridge with his partner, her daughter and a dog and a cat, said he was now much more confident about his writing.
He said: “The only characters in the first book were the boy and the bear, who spent the whole of the story in the boat, so it was much easier to write and keep track of the characters.
“With the new book there were the 13 characters in the house and all the people in the 12 ghost stories so it took a bit longer to write than the publisher expected!”