Bookworms will soon get the chance to scoop up some work from a couple of local authors, with Harvey’s Joel Whitwell and Waroona’s Jeanette Stampone both hitting the shelves. Mr Whitwell has just released an inspiring autobiography which documents his experience living with craniofacial deficiency. The condition means Mr Whitwell has only one eye and one ear — something he said had caused him “no worries” after choosing to be resilient in the face of adversity. The slogan inspired his book title One Eye, One Ear, No Worries — A Story of Resilience. “Dealing with staring in my younger years whenever I left my comfort zone was challenging,” Mr Whitwell said. He said it left him with anxiety and depression and the book, which took a decade to write, was about shining a light on mental health and overcoming his inner demons. “It’s important to never give up and just see it as a unique opportunity to grow as a person,” he said. Further north, Mrs Stampone has just signed a book contract for her latest children’s book. Although she can’t reveal too much about her latest contract with Wombat Books, she said it was a “funny and heartwarming” story about a dragon. In 2019 Mrs Stampone signed a picture book contract with Red Paper Kite in Perth for her book Shadow and the Girl. It is an imaginative tale about a shadow who is afraid of a child. Mrs Stampone said it contained themes of bravery, friendship and self-acceptance. “I am constantly inspired by my children,” Mrs Stampone said. “When they were much smaller, I became more aware of common childhood fears, like monsters under the bed, but it was when my son talked about shadows and reflections that I was drawn to the idea of a story about a shadow.” Mrs Stampone said Waroona reminded her of her hometown of Hatherleigh in the UK, due to the “strong community feel”. Her book Shadow and the Girl will be released in October. She said anyone hoping to write a children’s book should join the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators and participate in critique groups.