What Inspired Me to Write Alfonso the Tortoise?

Years ago, whilst I was studying creative writing, as an exercise I had to write a story exploring the senses. At the time I was reading about Queen Isabella of Spain, who happened to have a brother called Alfonso.

Suddenly, I could imagine a cute tortoise called Alfonso roaming and exploring a garden, and the twist was that he was a royal prince. I still had yet to work out how he had arrived in the Land of Garden, but creating Alfonso’s world has been a great pleasure, as I have introduced his friends, and have had fun developing his character.

Alfonso's Mum arrives by Eagle Air

My favourite moment, was introducing his Mum to the stories. Her name has yet to be revealed – but can you guess? She was a famous British Queen. Feel free to post your guesses in the comments section below.


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