AUTHOR Janet Sivier is keeping it in the family after she was inspired to write a book about her pets.
Janet turned to sibling Gillian Thompson to illustrate the tales she wrote about her dog Charlotte and cat Jackson.
Now they have seen their work go into print.
Their first book, The Strange Fruits, is to be followed up soon with a tale of how the two pets discover butterflies develop from caterpillars.
Their debut book features the two animals making friends with a mole after a series of strange goings-on in the garden.
The 33-year-old author, who is mum to Ryan Scott, seven, and Jade, one, hopes to instill values such as forgiveness and show the importance of friendship through her stories.
The sisters, who both live in Seaham, were supported in their project by parents Iris, 53, and George Thompson, 62.
Janet, who also has a bearded lizard called Bindi and a parrot called Billy, said: “When we were small children I was always coming up with stories and had a vivid imagination.
“My inspiration came from my son, nieces and nephew to whom I tell stories and they love them.
“I then decided to write this book and have it published so other children can enjoy it.
“I got the idea because when the cat was a kitten. Charlotte was like a mother to him and they got on so well.”
She added: “It was my mam who suggested Gillian do the drawings and she does them in pencil.
“The feedback I’ve had so far is that children who are three and over love it and have started to read it themselves.”
Copies of their books have been given to primary schools, as well as friends and family to put them to the test.
The books have been published through Trafford Publishing and are available via Amazon, Bargain Books and Waterstones.
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