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Bedtime stories into debut novel

BEDTIME STORIES: Dallas Lyons and daughters Zoe and Matilda back in the Ovens Valley and talking up the bedtime story that has been turned into a book. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

A MYRTLEFORD dad and Afghanistan war veteran has turned a family bedtime story into a children’s book.

Dallas Lyons used the story and the Ovens Valley as a backdrop to pen “The Night Guardians: Protectors from all things scary”.

“There are always things that go bump in the night and this was my way of dealing with one of my daughter’s fears,” he said.

“No matter what, kids will always believe in scary things, and this short tale is a comforting, imaginative and fun way for children to confront those fears.

“The most enjoyable part of this process has been having the input from my own kids as they helped to ‘kid proof’ it into their own language – a language that children or parents alike can read and understand.”

The book delves into a world of mysticism where samurai night guardians have a sworn duty to protect and serve those who activate them.

The full version of this story can be read in the print editions of the Myrtleford Times and Alpine Observer of Thursday, 16 June, 2016 Click here to purchase the current digital edition

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