Meet Myrtle

A story I wrote 27 years ago to comfort my 4 year-old daughter is about to be published.

Illustrated and designed by well-known blogger Jo Robinson, it’s titled “Myrtle the Purple Turtle”.  It’s about a turtle who suddenly realizes she is different from her friends. She doesn’t like it, and tries to change.

The story is about difference, friendship, and overcoming obstacles.

It was inspired by an experience my daughter Lauren had one day when she brought her black doll to her nursery school.

Blog Photo - Myrtle 2 with title

I’d been producing children’s TV shows back then; that may be why I made up this story for Lauren.  It immediately became her favourite. Soon she knew it by heart!

In fact, Myrtle’s story was improved each night, in response to Lauren’s questions and her father’s and older sister’s suggestions.  

Early this year, egged on by my husband and Chris Graham,  the popular British book blogger — and supported by my children — I decided to publish the story in book-form and asked Jo to illustrate it.

So, 27 years later, Myrtle will finally get her time in the sun! 

Another interesting development: Lauren, now one of Canada’s brightest lights in digital media, has been helping to shepherd the book to publication, and will oversee its marketing. 

Jo, meanwhile,  has been working on the illustrations for several months, and is now adding the final design touches to the book.

I’ll share the book cover with you very soon.





Filed under A Good Home, A Story for Lauren, Canadian Families, Children's Books, Difference, New Books

89 responses to “Meet Myrtle

  1. Congrats! Can’t wait to read it and purchase for friends and family. BRAVO Cynthia.

  2. Cynthia, I love it already!! 😀 Well done to everyone encouraging to write this in book format and how brillliant that Jo is doing the illustrations. Very exciting and with such super support in marketing too. Best of luck with the launch of your book.

  3. Very exciting! Let us know the minute it is published.

  4. I love turtles and purple, too! Congratulations, Cynthia.

  5. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    NEWSFLASH from Cynthia 👍😃

  6. How very exciting and lovely that Jo has illustrated it. Good luck with the launch!

  7. Laurie Graves

    Wonderful! Congrats!

  8. Georgeina

    Great news Cynthia, I can hardly wait to read it.


    Very exciting Cynthia. Love the title. Best of luck, Wendy xox

  10. Murtagh's Meadow

    Myrtle looks lovely. I hope the book is a great success.

  11. Congratulations on another book! The illustration here is very well done!

  12. Marilyn mirabelli

    Delighted to make Myrtle’s acquaintance. And I look forward to meeting Myrtle in all her glory when I get my hands on the book. Congratulations, Lady Cynthia

  13. Wonderful Cynthia – a tale proving it’s never too late 🙂 Myrtle is a beautiful purple turtle ❤

  14. Terrific Cynthia and I am sure that Jo has done an amazing job. Look forward to showcasing when ready.. hugs xx

  15. This is exciting news, Cynthia. Congratulations!
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  16. What wonderful news – congratulations my dear Cynthia!

  17. Congrats Cynthia! Myrtle sounds like a wonderful character and book. I look forward to meeting her. 🙂 Kudos on bringing another book into circulation!

  18. How wonderful! Congratulations!

  19. Congratulations, Cynthia! I too will be interested in knowing when your book is available. 🙂

  20. What a brilliant story! I hope the book does well, Cynthia.

  21. A purple turtle, how fabulous.
    Looking forward to seeing your story in print.
    Wishing you and Myrtle a successful launch.

  22. Perfect rhyming fun for a 4 year old

  23. Super cool!! I love how all the pieces finally came together and the moment is ripe for purple turtles!

  24. Congrats Cynthia! It sounds like a wonderful story, and Myrtle looks like a very cute turtle!

  25. Wonderful, Cynthia, that your book is finally seeing the light. Jo’s illustration of the turtle is lovely. 🙂

  26. Well, you already know how forward I am looking to “Myrtle” – sounds like you’ve got a great team working with you, too. Can’t beat having the story’s inspiration (Lauren) doing promotion. Wishing you all the success!

  27. How very wonderful Cynthia!! Excited to see the cover and the finished book. Tina

  28. This sounds fabulous Cynthia – I love the name and the message.

  29. Congrats you! That’s great. I’m glad Myrtle will be out there for other kids.

  30. How exciting! Congrats to you all. 😃

  31. A good story never gets old; love that Myrtle is bringing her special purple to brighten our world.

  32. I would have loved to have read this book as a child. This sounds like a beautiful, uplifting story for adults as well as children. I loved turtles, and still do. Congratulations to you, Cynthia!

  33. That’s wonderful, Cynthia! Looking forward to learning more about “Myrtle.” The illustration is superb! 🙂 xo

  34. Sounds like a delightful book, Cynthia. Keep us posted on publication and availability! 🙂

  35. Your talent just keeps on comin’! Can’t wait to read about Myrtle’s adventures:).

  36. aw, this sounds like a delightful book! please note i have sent you an email – not sure if it may have ended up in your spam box. do take care, and all the very best to you and Myrtle!

  37. Oh wow. Sounds really cool. Congrats.

  38. Congratulations Cynthia and good luck with the publication – wishing you much success! How nice that something great has come from a connection with your daughter!

  39. What a wonderful idea Cynthia. Good stories never fade away. I’m sure this will become a favorite of many children. 🙂

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