MUM’S THE WORD
Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers Book Set for Release 4 May 2014
Brisbane writer, Caylie Jeffery, knows a thing or two about labours of love, having sailed half-way around the world whilst pregnant with her first child, reaching dry land only four weeks before she gave birth.
The Milton based blogger and mother-of-two is about to release her latest labour of love – her first book – a collection of funny, insightful and thought-provoking observations about life, love and the imperfections of parenting.
Titled Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers, the book features beautifully written short stories and anecdotes designed so readers can dip in and out between feeds, nappy changes and play dates.
Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers follows the success of Jeffery’s blog, Distractions of A Busy Mother, which documents her life as a mother, wife, friend, and artist and aims to transform everyday events and actions into vivid sketches to ignite the senses.
Jeffery created the book to give mothers a sanctuary to help them feel less alone, through her honest accounts of imperfect parenting.
“I think women relate to my words because I write honestly, openly and authentically and it’s all from personal experience,” Ms Jeffery said.
“I love engaging with mothers on my blog and wanted to provide my stories to them in a tangible way that they can take with them wherever they go, but can put down in a moment when a crisis happens or a child calls.”
“Mothers are bombarded with parenting manuals and advice – Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers is a world away from that.”
“Each anecdote begins with a quote to set the tone of the story. They are written with humour and love, showcasing funny and moving pieces about life, love, imperfect parenting and things that matter,” she said.
Starting her career as a nurse and counsellor, Jeffery traded it all in to sail the seven seas with her husband after a close call with terrorism in London in 2005. Once they found each other amidst the chaos, they took a fresh view of life and made some significant life-affirming changes.
Jeffery and her husband spent the next two years sailing around the world, even falling pregnant with their first child on the journey. Wanting to sail for as long as possible, Jeffery was weeks away from giving birth before she finally docked on dry land in New York.
Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers will also be raising money and awareness for the Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support Charity (Sands) with 20 per cent of all book profits going directly to the charity.
Sands is a charity close to Ms Jeffery’s heart. Her mother, Sue Fernandes, has been sketching portraits of Sands babies for more than 30 years, working closely with thousands of bereaved parents all over the world.
Respectfully referred to as ‘The Baby Artist’, Ms Fernandes is a midwife who started sketching babies in intensive care in 1980 at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, before working with the hospital’s social work department. Nominated for Australian of the Year in 2013 for her beautiful work, Sue has since retired from nursing, but still draws from photographs that are sent to her every day.
The Baby Artist and Ms Jeffery’s sailing adventure are just two of the stories featured in Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers.
The cover of Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers features the artwork of Courier Mail artist, Brett Lethbridge.
Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers will launch with an invitation-only event at the Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, on Saturday 3rd May.
Caylie Jeffery will be signing copies of Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers at:
• The Bookshop at Caloundra, (22a Bulcock St, Caloundra) Sunshine Coast on Sunday May 4, 9am – 12pm
• Black Cat Books (179 Latrobe Tce, Paddington) Saturday May 10, 10am (please call 3367 8777 to book)
Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers will be available for purchase from Black Cat Books, Avid Reader (West End), Riverbend Books (Bulimba) and The Bookshop in Caloundra.
The book is also available for purchase through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and through Jeffery’s website with 20 per cent of all profits going directly to Sands.
For more information, please go to http://www.cayliejeffery.com.au/.