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Belinda is following in Enid's steps

Belinda Francis of Springfield Lakes with her six-week-old daughter Ruth and a copy of her first published children’s book.
Belinda Francis of Springfield Lakes with her six-week-old daughter Ruth and a copy of her first published children’s book. David Nielsen

WHEN Belinda Francis was a little girl, her ambition was to be like her favourite children's author Enid Blyton.

The Springfield mum has certainly taken a big step towards realising that childhood dream with the publication of her first children's book.

After working as a journalist in South Africa for 10 years, the 36-year-old has used her talent to pen a Christian children's book called Better than a Superhero.

The story appeals to little ones' love of superheros, drawing them in through the eyes of a young boy who likes to play imaginatively with his superhero teddy bear.

"I wanted to create a simple children's book that taught the message of Jesus to kids," she said.

"It took about three years for this book come to fruition but I remained patient and now that it's done I'm really proud and excited for its release."

The book was published by Even Before Publishing with artwork created by award-winning illustrator Kayleen West.

"I've read the story to my young children and their friends, they enjoy it," Mrs Francis said. "Their friends seem especially excited to know a children's book author."

As a member of the Springfield Christian Family church, Mrs Francis said she would donate her profits from the sale of her book to help chaplains in Springfield.

"I saw first-hand the great work chappies did within local schools when I participated in a mentoring program for young children who needed extra one-on-one help," she said.

"I worked at Springfield Lakes State School for about a year and saw the amazing impact the school chaplain had on the lives of the students there.

"Publishing this book was never about making money; I had planned to pass on the profits from the start."

The 24-page hardcover book Better than a Superhero is available for release at all good book stores and online at belindafrancis.com.au or evenbeforepublishing.com from April 1.