Appleton surgeon delighted with the publication of her first book


AN Appleton author is thrilled to see the publication of her first book.

Florie Parker is an NHS consultant orthopedic surgeon by trade, but she swapped her surgical knife for a pen during the Covid lockdowns.

She was inspired by her four children to embrace her creative side by writing what is the first in a trilogy of fantasy stories for youngsters aged nine to 11.

The 222-page story, titled The Shadow of the Rowan Tree, follows the adventures of Daisy and Margot – the tooth fairy she dreams of.

“I’ve always been quite creative, but I think my four kids have really inspired me the most,” Florie said.

“After deciding I wanted to write, the fairyland found me and the rest is history.”

Florie, who works at Aintree University Hospital but trained partly at Halton and Warrington Hospitals, began writing the first book in the trilogy about two years ago.

She found time during the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns to write, with most of the ideas coming to her while walking her dog.

The second book Escape to Dorland has already been accepted for publication, while Florie has almost finished writing the third, which is called The Changeling.

Florie plans to host a Meet the Author session on World Book Day – Thursday March 3 – between 3.30pm and 5pm at Stockton Heath Library.

The Shadow of the Rowan Tree is now on sale via Amazon or


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