Local author makes use of lockdown to help others

Forest Lake resident Lindy Jelliman has made good use of the lockdown this year, self publishing in April Tinker Tailor’s Toolbox (For Mending Broken Hearts), a children’s book she wrote and illustrated back in 2018.

Having always had a keen interest in writing and art, Lindy started writing extensively three years ago as part of her recovery from debilitating health issues.

“It was then that I discovered writing was my true passion, and in particular, writing meaningful children’s stories about important topics. I penned several stories inspired by my kids, but it was only when I wrote Tinker Tailor’s Toolbox (For Mending Broken Hearts) that I felt I had found ‘the one’ that I was ready to put out into the world,” Lindy said. 

After unsuccessfully finding an illustrator within her budget, Lindy surprised herself when she took up the tools and had a go at illustrating the book with pleasing results.

Whilst not a mental health professional, Tinker Tailor’s Toolbox (For Mending Broken Hearts) was inspired by Lindy’s niece and was written as a mental health resource for kids, encouraging them to find tools early on in their lives that assist them and enable them to manage their mental health.

“It was inspired by my niece, who sustained a significant brain injury at age nine and has subsequently suffered with mental health issues. Now 18, she has completed high school, obtained her driver’s licence and is about to finish her first year at uni – she is an inspiration and her story is incredible.”

Tinker Tailor’s Toolbox (For Mending Broken Hearts) is already being utilised by families and professionals alike.

“It really makes my day when I hear back from readers and their families about how the story and the ‘Happiness Toolbox’ activity at the end of the story is assisting them to be happier in their daily lives.

“One beautiful story I received recently was from a mum of two girls, one nine and one 19. Her nine year old read the book and promptly set about making a Happiness Toolbox for her older sister who had been experiencing some mental health issues. She sat her sister down, presented her with the box and then proceeded to get her to personalise her tools – I just loved this so much! 

“It has received some fabulous reviews from several mental health professionals, with one Brisbane child psychologist letting me know that she is using the book in her private practice as an open-ended resource and also to assist her young clients through grief and loss.”

You can purchase your copy of Tinker Tailor’s Toolbox (For Mending Broken Hearts) from online book stores such as Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia, as well as from the author’s website (www.lindyjelliman.com). Lindy Jelliman is discounting the book for readers of The Lake News; simply enter the code LAKENEWS20 at the checkout between now and Christmas. Lindy has also offered to deliver (contactlessly) to homes in the 4078 postcode to ensure fast delivery before Christmas.