MR MUSTACHIO has been a long time coming.
He started as a joke with my kids, whenever they drank milk we’d call them Mr Mustachio because of their milk moustaches. One day, as we were mucking around on the kitchen floor, it hit me what a great picture book character he would make. I ran upstairs and the Mr Mustachio story started.
Then, in summer 2014, the manuscript was a runner-up in the Greenhouse Funny Prize. I picked up the news at the end of a 32 mile bike ride on a windy Northumberland beach. I flicked open my email on my phone and there were two bits of news that day pinging in. One was Mr Mustachio and the Greenhouse win and one was that I’d finally been awarded my PhD and could officially use the title Dr Yasmin Finch. With life-changing news on the wind rolling in from the North Sea, I could see why the ancient celts looked for God on these shores.
Later in the autumn of 2014, when the nights had drawn in and just about every bit of Northumberland-wonder had been boxed-up by life, work, school runs, doctors, overdrafts, and never-ending food-shopping I was curled up on the sofa and another email pinged in, this time from Maverick Arts Publishing. Was Mr Mustachio still available and would I like to meet them? And suddenly Mr Mustachio had found a home with the brilliant team there.
Back in Northumberland again, now summer 2015, and I’m on my beloved Island of Lindisfarne (it’s not actually mine, but it feels like home) and this time an email comes in (another bit of illegal-holiday-email-checking) with first sketches of the entire book from illustrator Abi Tompkins. They were amazing and I was so excited to be working with such a gifted illustrator.
Now it’s summer again and MR MUSTACHIO is all set to be published on 28th August 2016. I’ve already done a little author storytelling event for Linton Book Festival with a cheeky proof copy. Dressed as a builder with comedy moustaches for everyone. There are going to be a lot of comedy moustaches aren’t there?
Now launches and parties, cakes and celebrations are on my mind. Abi Tompkins is a great partner in crime and I can’t wait to share a glass of the fizzy stuff to celebrate our book.