A budding author has penned a children’s book inspired by a young seal who wandered into her north-east home.
Susan Emmison Smith, 52, from Fraserburgh, came to the rescue of the animal after she discovered it in her kitchen.
The semi-retired engineer was spending time at her holiday home in Pitullie last November when the injured pup, which was bleeding from its mouth, found its way into her home.
Susan said: “I was up at my cottage in Pittullie and an injured baby seal came into my front garden and then ended up in my kitchen.”
Susan quickly alerted the Scottish SPCA, who came and treated the seal – which she named Snowie – at its Fishcross centre in Clackmannanshire.
Susan decided to write a book, named Pitullie Shore: Snowie’s Amazing Rescue, based on the experience, detailing the story of the seal.
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Susan said: “I didn’t really think too much about it after that, until about July, when it just hit me to write a children’s story based on what happened.
“I’m not a writer, I’m an engineer, and I’ve never really had aspirations to be a writer, but I just thought that it was a nice story to tell.”
Susan has self-published the book and proceeds are to go to the Sandhaven and Pitullie Public Hall Association, and the SSPCA.
She said: “The hall association do a lot of great stuff but they just don’t get a lot of financial support.”
The new author, who emigrated to Australia in 1989 and returned to her hometown four years ago, is also set to take her book on a tour around the area.
Susan is planning to host a series of signings and readings, which she hopes will boost sales and cash raised for the causes.
She said: “I’ve done three signings already in the Fraserburgh area and I’ve raised about £100 from it, just from donations.
“I think that’s great for a small community like that.
“I’ll also be making a donation from the proceeds of the book to the SSPCA.”
Colin Sneddon, the manager of the SSPCA centre in Fishcross, said: “As we receive no government funding and we rely on generous donations from the public, we are very grateful that Susan is donating a percentage of the funds raised to us.
“This goes towards the vital work that we do to help the animals of Scotland.”
He added: “You can follow us on Twitter using the #SSPCASealSquad.”