Sebastian Hockaday

A little bit about me

I’m a 25 year old self published author from the UK. I graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Westminster in 2015. It was during my second year at university I started writing the first ideas and thoughts for what eventually became Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen.

I juggled my studies with my writing and publishing journey which was often challenging, but I succeeded and published my book in November 2014.

Although I was born in the UK I spent much of my childhood in Ireland. I loved growing up in Ireland and I have many fond memories there. The vibrant, magical and wild countryside was a huge source of inspiration for creating the world of Bella Boo.

The story of Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen is all about overcoming a challenge your facing and believing in yourself to do it. I got the inspiration for the story with my own challenge I had to overcome; my struggle with math in primary school.

I’m currently visiting schools across the UK with Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen to help inspire the next generation of writers. I’m also writing the second installment in the Bella Boo series….stay tuned!

Here is an in depth interview all about my publishing journey; that I did with the lovely RE: magazine interview

This is a photo of my brother and I exploring a place called Powerscourt in Ireland. We often visited this magical place and had many fun adventures around the park.

When I was writing Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen I would sometimes write outside. This would help me imagine the adventures Bella Boo could have when she went out to explore her garden and what characters she might meet along the way.

Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen (Paperback)

Join Bella Boo for an adventure when she discovers a beautiful part of the garden to dance in, but gets a huge surprise when she meets a cheeky little tree man who needs her help!


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”A sweet story with a really upbeat, affirming message and the illustrations just burst with life and colour”

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”Bought this for my daughter and god daughter – absolutely brilliant message for children as we all suffer from self doubt from time to time! Daughter loves it – highly recommended!”

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