LOCAL author Rowena Evans has launched her first book 'Sealskin Coast' in front of a large crowd at the Cooma Library, on Friday.
Around 80 guests gathered to help Rowena celebrate five years of hard work.
Her novel delves into the worlds of fantasy and reality; focusing on the ballad of the Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry, a Scottish legend where people can transform into seals and vice versa.
Rowena addressed the audience about the long process of putting together her self illustrated book.
"It took five years, on and off, I must thank my husband for his support and commitment to the book," she said.
"You have to be persistent, I had a lot of encouragement from my friends and family."
The book follows the journey of Wallace Emmet Keys whose parents have run away from home. His ensuing journey to find them leads him on a magical adventure. He meets the strange Zillah who leads him into a world he did not know existed, and most interestingly, a hidden ability only found in dreams.
At the book launch a number of presentations were made by Rowena, acknowledging the support she has had in putting the book together.
Recognised were Ira Hendricks from the Cooma Library, as well as Ben Warner and Eleanor Evans for their musical and animation assistance.
Rowena captivated the audience as she described the process of putting her richly illustrated book together. From her initial inspiration in Tathra, to her launch last Friday, Rowena proudly displayed her first novel to the crowd.
"This is the first entire book I've written. I've been writing for awhile so it's very exciting," Rowena said.
Having worked extensively as an illustrator for many years, Rowena was able to combine her love for pictures with her passion for writing.