Jason goes to the printer
Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010
Jason McCarthur has realised his life-long dream of writing a children's picture book.
He has put pen to paper and finally published a story about his best mate.
After moving to Broken Hill eight years ago, Jason came up with an idea for a story after he saved his greyhound Kane, from drowning.
Jason and Kane were on the River Murray and Kane ran into the water, but he didn't know how to swim.
the incident inspired Jason to put pen to paper and he came up with the story "Kane goes to the beach". The book follows Kane as he has an enjoyable day at the beach.
He held on to the story for five years until his mother found it and encouraged him to get it published.
Jason asked Robert Groves to illustrate the book. When Robert coined the first pictures of Kane the greyhound, Jason knew he had chosen the "right person for the job".
"Kane was a fun-loving greyhound and Bob brought that out in the book," said Jason.
After about 15 months of work on the illustration then another two years to raise enough money to self-publish the book, "Kane goes to the beach" is now finally hitting the shelves.
"Everyone who has seen it is happy with it," said Jason.
This book has also helped others, with Jason providing the book to charities such as Lifeline and the Liberty Church and using it to raise awareness about the Greyhound Adoption Program.
Jason said he didn't write the book to make money and he was happy to be giving back.
The book can be found at Browsers Bookstore and South Newsagency.
Unfortunately Kane passed away three months ago and never got to see the final copy.