AN INSPIRATIONAL mother battling a terminal illness has defied doctors and gone on to write a children’s book.
Suzanne Maguire was given just two years to live when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
But ten years on the author is celebrating the completion of her first novel and is already planning the sequel.
Suzanne, 45, who co-wrote The Gorry Brothers, First Leap with her mother Eve, is donating half the proceeds from the book to motor neurone disease research.
The book, that is available to download on Kindle, was a labour of love for the creative mother and daughter duo.
Suzanne, of Vulcan Mews, Auckley said: “I had always wanted to write a book but I didn’t feel confident enough.
“I had lots of ideas a lot of which came from my time working as a nanny abroad and spending so much time with children who inspired me.
“One day about five years ago we just thought we should go for it.”
The book, which features her two sons Lance, 18, and Aron, 16, is set in a mystical world of wizards and fairies and follows the pair on an adventure in Sherwood Forest.
In a poignant tribute Richard Waight, a 23-year-old teacher at Hayfield School who died in 2009 from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, also features in the book.
Suzanne said: “Mr Waight was Lance’s favourite teacher so I thought it would be a nice tribute, I checked with his family and they were happy for me to do it ”
Speaking about being diagnosed with the condition that damages the nervous system Suzanne said: “It was petrifying. I kept ringing my mum everyday. I was just in a panic because I had two boys under the age of ten and I wanted to be there for them.
“Hopefully I’ll be around for many years to come and we plan on writing another two books in the Gorry Brother’s series.”
Mum Eve, 72, who lives next door to her daughter, said: “I’m so proud of Suzanne, this is her baby.
“Ten years ago she was given two years to live but she’s a little fighter and she desperately wanted to see her boys grow up.
“I think writing this book has kept her going and it’s lovely that we have been able to do this together.”
The book is available on Kindle from Amazon priced at £3.08.