A ROOKIE writer has penned her first book - in a bid to help keep kids safe on the roads.

Becky Deveney, who lives in Inverkip, has always been an avid reader and writer and says she has had good feedback about her release.

The 20-year-old's book is called Lizzy The Lollibug, about a ladybird school patroller.

Becky said: "A year and a half ago I got an idea for a little character and I thought it would be fun to write a kids' book on road safety, to help them learn about it.

"I thought back to when I was at school, and the way road safety was taught was so uninteresting.

"We were given pamphlets which weren't very engaging for kids."

Becky juggles her studies at the University of the West of Scotland with a part-time job as a customer adviser with the telecommunications and internet provider Three.

Becky, who lives with parents Joan and Alan and brother Adam in Daff Avenue, said: "I've always been a bookbug and enjoyed writing wee stories.

"I was inspired by my papa Con Deveney, who is a member of Greenock Writers' Club."

Her debut is about the adventures of a ladybird lollipop woman who teaches children about road safety.

Another character in the book is Sammy the snail.

Becky's school friend Haillie McCafferty did the illustrations on the book.

She said: "We worked on it together for six or seven months.

"Haillie was really patient because I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

"I was worried, because it was my first book, that it wouldn't be good quality and that it was a better idea in my head in what it really was.

"But I shared it with my family and my friends and I've been doing some networking in shops in Greenock and Gourock and it's all been really positive."

The book, printed by Love and Humphries Printing Company, costs £4.99 and copies can be ordered via www.facebook.com/becky.deveney.35 or @bexcreates2022 on Instagram.