Local author Rick Sullivan’s foray into children’s books with Buster and Us, a story about six-legged guest

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Rick Sullivan with grandchildren  Evie Park and Aaysha, Mila and Harlow King.
Camera IconRick Sullivan with grandchildren Evie Park and Aaysha, Mila and Harlow King. Credit: Supplied

Local author Rick Sullivan’s long list of experiences has shaped the many short stories and pieces of bush poetry he has written over the years, but it is a new experience — being a grandfather — that has pushed him to publish his first children’s book.

Buster and Us tells the story of a bug who moves into the home of a family after the tree it lives in is knocked down.

Having been a station-hand, explosives offsider, deckhand, motorcycle racer, skydiver and more, Sullivan has had a long list of inspiration for his previous works, such as Sausage, his collection of short stories about a man from Northampton.

For this book, it was being a grandfather and teaching and learning from his grandchildren which inspired him.

“I love to watch my grandchildren interact with nature . . . I think it’s a big thing for kids to be kind to people and bugs as well,” he said.

The story gave Sullivan an outlet for a new style of writing, more fun and whimsical than his usual darker, more mature style.

“It was like a puzzle, I just had to put the pieces together. In the end it came naturally,” he said.

“The little rhyme at the start came to me one day . . . and I just took the story from there”

Sullivan will be signing books from 9am-noon at Northampton IGA and most Sundays at Geraldton Platform Markets.

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