Stamford author Hannah Gold writes her debut novel The Last Bear
A writer has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by publishing her first children's story.
Hannah Gold, of Christ Church Close in Stamford, has taken on many roles before settling down to write The Last Bear.
She has worked in the film industry, taught English abroad, worked in a shop and as a fitness coach, but writing is a passion.
She said: "I have always wanted to write since I was a little girl and my dream was to be a children's author in particular. I absolutely love children's books and how imaginative they are and also full of hope and wonder."
The story follows April and her father on a scientific expedition to the Arctic. April believes there are no polar bears left on the island, until she meets one and starts the most important journey of her life.
The book is endorsed by Hannah's favourite children's author, Michael Morpurgo, who described it as "deeply moving and quite unforgettable".
Hannah said: "When I decided to write this book, I made a conscious decision to write about everything that I most loved in the world which is animals, our relationship with them and my passion to protect and conserve our planet.
"The idea of a polar bear came to me and when researching where to set the story. I stumbled across a real life island off the coast of Norway called Bear Island. It's a remote Arctic outpost, uninhabited except for a weather station.
"When I looked into its history, I discovered it was called Bear Island because of the polar bears which once lived there but these days, due to the melting sea-ice in the Arctic, polar bears can no longer reach the island which was named after them.
"Once I found out this, there really was only one story to tell - how an 11-year-old girl rescues a starving, lonely polar bear a long way from home."
The book is aimed at children aged eight upwards. It will be released in February but is available to pre-order from Walkers Bookshop and online retailers.