Adam D. Searle

Hello, and welcome to my website.

My name is Adam Searle and I am a self publishing author who has taken his first few steps into the magical world of publishing.  

I founded Wide Awake Books in a hope of creating, producing and publishing books for children to enjoy reading over and over again.  

For more information please do use the buttons on the left side of the screen. Any news and updates can be found below.

Thank you for reading. X

Sorry - all of my book signings, appearances and events have been temporarily cancelled.

Adam D. Searle


Thursday 2nd July 2019











One of the few names who helped me to reach my dream of being an author. Wendy and I first met back in 1997 when I was looking for an illustrator for my story "the Big & The Little Monster" she saw potential in my work and was more than happy to help me to bring my books to life with her wonderful drawings. Working with Wendy was fun and we enjoyed a good laugh and chat as we worked. 

The photo above was taken when we did a book signing at W H Smith in Kingston-Upon-Thames, last November. It was a successful signing and we both enjoyed meeting, talking and answering questions to everyone who came to visit us . We had a good time doing the signing and I wish that we could have done more. 
Wendy will be missed not only by myself but everyone who has met or read one of our books. 

RIP Wendy ❤️



Monday 30th March 2019

It is with huge disappointment that I have had to cancel all of my book signings, appearances and events due to the Coronavirus. 

It is very troubling times for us all at the moment but we have to keep safe and positive. 

I will be rescheduling my cancelled signings as soon as I can and will look forward to meeting you all again.

Stay safe. x

Monday 2nd March 2020

A huge apology for the delay in posting and updating; I have been working on a number of projects since the start of this year and on a new book too. A very special "hello" and "thank you" to the recent visitors to my website and to those who had been in contact - it is always a pleasure hearing from you. I have been asked to do a few events and I am working with the organizers and hope to have them listed up ASAP. On my events page you will find that I have a number of book signings and a "Adventures in Writing" event at Wokingham Library for May where I will be doing a reading. You may have also seen promotional articles and ads about me in public newsletters and magazines such as Steve Bax's The Molesey News and Walton Matters magazine. I am also listed up on the "What's On" event page on a number of local websites for Surrey and Windsor so always keep a lookout

My next event will be at Waterstones in Walton-On-Thames, so please do come and say hello if you can.

All the best. 

Friday 29th November 2019

It has been a very busy few weeks for us all with Christmas creeping up; presents to buy and wrap, cards to write and cakes, puddings and pies to bake. And, for us authors, fairs and shows to attend (and at this time of year, what better present could you give then a signed book!) 

I had a great time at The Hersham Christmas Market in aid of Smiles2Smiles Charity which raised over £500 pounds so well done and thank you to those who stopped at my stall for a chat or bought my books. 

My next book signing will be at WH Smiths in Kingston Upon Thames which is tomorrow. I really am excited to be doing this as this is the very first time I will be signing in a High Street shop. I have been promoting on-line and on Facebook and around the Kingston area, so please do come on down if you can. And, with luck, my illustrator, Wendy Trinder, will be making a brief appearance too. Ideal to be launching our new book

So, hope to see you there. 

Monday 21st October 2019

Hello, hope everyone has had a great weekend. It was very busy for me; apart from doing a quick interview with Ian and Roy on their Chat & Spin radio show Saturday morning, I also spent the day at Crawley, Sussex where I was at Crawley Libraries Author Fair. It was great meeting up with all of the talented authors who were there this year including those who I have become good friends with - it was great catching up with them again. And an extra big thanks to the staff and customers who stopped by for a chat. And yesterday I spent the day working on my next book which is in the very final stages of completion so it will be released very soon so please do watch this space! 

My next event will be The Christmas Market at Hersham, Surrey on Sunday 24th November, hosted by the wonderful Smiles2Smiles charity which supports struggling families during the festive period.  Please do come down if you can. 

All the best. X

Saturday 24th August 2019

Hello, I hope you all have been having an amazing summer. It has been very exciting times for me as my third book "Goodnight Mr Moon" is now on youtube! It is being read by Samantha on her channel "Sams Stories" so be sure to drop on by for a listen. I have also done a  interview with Taylor at Advanced Literate and also with Ian and Roy on their drive time radio show at Chat and Spin - and I am on again TODAY! So make sure you catch up with us all at 16.30 by going to their website:

And, with other news, the last few weeks I have been very, very busy working on my brand new book - a new Big & Little Monster adventure which will be out later this year. I also have been doing my events where I have been signing books at ThamesFest [29th June] in Egham, Surrey and at The Ollie Young Foundation Summer Fun Day [18th August] in Wokingham, Berkshire. Thank you to those who stopped by for a chat. And you can catch me again at my next event which will be the "Local Author Fair" at Crawley Library in Sussex on the 19th October. There will be many amazing authors there plus activities for children so make sure you drop on by if you can. 

All the best. X

Thursday 20th June 2019

My next event will be ThamesFest on Saturday 29th June. I am really looking forward to be taking part as this is their very first event and already have a great line up of treats, activities and things to do for all members of the family - including a dog show - so please do bring your four legged friends along - I will be bringing mine!  ThamesFest will be held at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds in Egham and will be raising money for Shooting Stars Chase, so please do come on down if you can. For more information please do visit:

In other news I am sad to have to report that my next event, Eathens journey Fun Day, has been cancelled. I did have a great time at my last event, The brighton & Hove Book Fayre earlier this month [8th], it was great seeing some of my friends. New book is coming along nicely and I have more merchandise coming up plus I have started plans for my website redesign. So all things looking good. 

Hope to see you all soon. x

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Last Sunday [28th April] I was at The UK Southern Book Show at Worthing, Sussex. I had a fantastic time being part of such a talented group of authors - a few who are good friends of mine - and it was great to catch up with them all especially Susan Jameson who I am such a fan of. My next book show will be in Brighton on the 8th June, so, if you can, please do come on down. Until then, I will be busy with more writing and other projects I am working on including a re-design of this website. 

Until then. x

Saturday 20th April 2019

Hello and Happy Easter to everyone. 

I am very sorry for the huge delay in updating but I have been very busy working on my next book and there are many other projects I have on the go at the moment which is all looking good. 

Next Sunday [28th] I will be returning to The UK Southern Bookshow in Worthing, Sussex. I am very much looking forward to being there once again along with a few of my friends, and I hope you will also come on down if you can. There will be a book for everyone so make sure you get one signed. For more info check out their website:


Wednesday 6th February 2019

I really am happy and overjoyed to say that my brand new book "Goodnight Mr Moon" is now out to buy. Wendy and I have worked hard on producing this book; there were some minor issues and delays but we are both very pleased by the end result and I am sure you will be too - and it will be such a great read for the children at bedtimes too. You can purchase a copy via this website, at Waterstones and on Amazon very soon. 

Or, you can come on by to one of the events where I will be selling my books. UK Southern Book Show will be back at Worthing, Sussex this April [28th] and Thamesfest at Windsor/Egham will be in June [29th] - both events are looking to be great days out. 

For a full list please check out my Events page.

Until next time. x

Friday 3rd January 2019


I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. For me 2018 seem to have come and gone by so quickly but I was lucky enough to visit some great events and bookshows during the last year and made some new friends along the way. As always it was great meeting everyone who had visited me during the events. 

Unfortunately some of my goals were not completed during the last year and my new picture book was delayed. But good news is that my new book WILL be out very soon. Other plans for 2019 will be updating my website; releasing more books and visiting more places. 

So, until then, take care. x

Monday 10th December 2018

I really have had a fantastic time attending Christmas events over the past few weeks.  Thank you to everyone who came over for a chat or to buy my books or badges; your support helps me to do what I enjoy doing the most - writing stories. And I have many other ideas and projects which I have been working on so 2019 is looking to be a good year. So until then keep reading. x

Friday 2nd November 2018

Well, what can I say?

November already.

Guy Fawkes Night will soon be upon us so, to you lot who will be watching the fireworks, stay warm.

Last Sunday I had a great time meeting customers and other authors at The UK Southern Book Show in Sussex, including some of my author friends. It was a great event and I thank every one and each of you who came over for a chat or who bought my books. As always it was a pleasure and I hope you enjoy reading the books I wrote out to your children and I hope you will stick around for more as I have been working hard on my next book. And, as a treat, I have added a few pictures which Wendy has drawn up. 

Until next time. 

Saturday 20th October 2018

Had a blast doing The Local Authors Fair at Crawley Library last Saturday where I sat among some very talented authors, did a brief talk for a podcast and made new friends. The venue was very hot and stuffy though but, all in all, a great experience. And now that leaves the big one for the 28th - The UK Southern Book Show. I feel very honored to be able to attend such a great show and if you can, please do come down - entry is free. 

Hope to see you there. X


Monday 8th October 2018

October is here and the last month has been very hectic for me as I have been getting dates for the up coming Christmas Fairs, preparing my brand new book and working hard on getting everything sorted out for the UK Southern Bookshow which will be at the end of this month.  This coming Saturday I will be at The Local Authors Fair at Crawley Library in Sussex, so please do come down if you can. 

I will, once again, be attending The Orchard School Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th November - The Orchard is my old schools so I will be overjoyed being back there again!

And, as stated above, The UK Southern Bookshow will be on the 28th! So please do come down and visit me and the other authors who will be attending - for more info click on this link:

Until next time. X

Monday 13th August 2018

Despite the gloomy weather I traveled down and attended The Ollie Young Foundation Summer Fun Day yesterday. I enjoyed meeting and talking to those who braved the elements and - thankfully - the rain did hold of for most of the day and the event was successful for the charity. That is the last of my summer events and my next will be The UK Southern Book Show which will be in Sussex on Sunday 28th October. X

Saturday 4th August 2018

Next Sunday I will be attending The Ollie Young Foundation Summer Fun Day which will be in Wokingham. Please do come down and visit if you can and support The Ollie Young Foundation charity. x

Thursday 26th July 2018

I am very excited to be taking part at the UK Southern Book Show which will be on Sunday 28th October in Worthing. It looks to be an amazing event and I am more then honored to be there, plus I will also be doing a reading session for the children. More details will follow shortly. 

Thank you to those who have been visiting my stall this summer. I was at Chandlers Fields School, in Molesey, back on the 7th and, despite the scorching weather, there was a very good turn out. My next outdoor event will be at The Ollie Young Foundation Fun Day which is on Sunday 12th August at Cantley Field, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5QG (11am-4pm). This event is for a good cause so if you can please do come for a visit. X

Monday 2nd July 2018

Today my new book "The Big & The Little Monster Visits The Seaside" is released. So buy your copy now at our SHOP page. X

Sunday 1st July 2018

Yesterday I braved the heat and sold my books at Colney Heath Summer Carnival in Hertfordshire. It was a great event, very well organised and plenty to do for the children. I was delighted to sell my new book early and I wish to thank you lovely people who stopped by for a chat or who bought my book, it was a pleasure meeting you all and I hope you enjoyed the carnival as much as I did! Tomorrow my book will be released nationwide. Exciting times. X

Wednesday 27th June 2018

My new book "The Big And The Little Monster Visits The Seaside" will be released for sale nationwide on Monday 2nd July. You can buy a copy from this site or at one of the events which I will be at.  I am thrilled to be launching my book early this Saturday (30th) at Colney Heath School Summer Carnival in Hertfordshire - so if you live locally to the area, you have an opportunity to buying my book early.  

Wednesday 9th May 2018

I am very excited to announce that my brand new book is due out this summer and, as a treat, I have enclosed a picture of the front cover. So grab your ice-cream, your buckets, and your hats - for it is time to go on a another adventure to the seaside.

Wednesday 7th March 2018

The date of one of my events has been changed. Hurst Park School May Day Fayre, in Molesey, Surrey, is now on the Saturday 12th May and not the 5th. This has been corrected on my events page. More events are also being booked including one for 2019!

And my second book - a children's picture book - will be out this summer. 


Sunday 28th January 2018

The first few events have been added to my events page and more will be added at a later date. Please drop on by if you live locally to any of them or keep watching my events page for any updates. 

Monday 1st January 2018

Happy New Year to each and everyone of you. This year I look forward to releasing my new book, working on other projects and expanding my horizons by visiting other places. 

Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Had such a great time today at St. Mary's Church Christmas Fair in East Molesey, Surrey. Thank you to those who came by for a chat or to buy a book - it was a real pleasure.

That will be all for any other events this year but I will be back again for 2018 so please do watch the Events page for any other details. Again, many thanks to everybody who made my visits so enjoyable and worthwhile and those who run the venue for doing such a great job. X  

Saturday 25th November 2017 - It has been a very, very busy week with St. Mary's School, Long Ditton, Christmas fair on the Thursday (23rd) and my former school, The Orchard, East Molesey, who had their Christmas Fair today. I enjoyed both events and meeting everyone who came over for a chat. Thank you everyone for your custom, kind words and support.  My last event of the year will be next Saturday 2nd. Hope to see you there. X

Thursday 16th November 2017 - I had such an amazing time running my stall at the Hersham Christmas Market in Hersham, Surrey on Monday (13th). Thank you to those who came for a chat and who bought my book - it was truly a pleasure to have met you all and hope to do so again.

Thursday 9th November 2017 - Sorry if things have been a bit quiet on here as of late but I have been busy booking events (one of which is this coming Monday [13th]), getting new merchandise and working on a new book. 

Monday 2nd october 2017 - My website has launched!!!!