ONCE upon a time, Fiona Boyd worked at enchanted Traquair.

Scotland's oldest inhabited house is renowned for its nobles, knights and history.

But the spell was broken and our Fiona fled the picturesque estate for the world of academia.

Our cloaked heroine delved deep into ancient tomes and graduated with an honours degree in business magic.

The fun-loving canoeist, gymnast, horse-rider and ice-skater was all ready for an adventurous new chapter when disaster struck.

What began as deteriorating conditions in her knee and wrist led to failed surgery and the need for a wheelchair.

Further conditions attempted to harness the spirit of Fiona.

And when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis seven years ago, the future looked bleak.

But the mum-of-one from Peeblesshire wasn't one for giving up.

Despite being unable to use her hands during prolonged episodes of MS, Fiona fought off the dragons and demons to pursue an ambition to become an author, poet and artists.

Last week Fiona finally published her stunning first children's book, Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies.

During the launch at Traquair House master of ceremonies Stuart Gammie said: "Although Fiona can have prolonged episodes when she is unable to use her hands, she decided to try to working through the difficulties that she faced.

"As a form of therapy, Fiona started to illustrate and write on good days, and thereby, Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies were born."

Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies is available in 34 countries around the world, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Iran, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most European nations.

The colourful adventure story is aimed at children between five- and eight-years old.

And a percentage of all profits from the sales will go towards the charity Kiss Goodbye to MS Global.

Stuart added: "More than 2.3 million people around the world are living with Multiple Sclerosis and currently there is no cure.

"The charity, Kiss Goodbye to MS Global, hopes to change this.

"Their mantra is to Help us to make MS history.

"To help this cause, which is very close to Fiona’s heart, a percentage of all profits made from this book will be donated to them to aid in their important global research they are doing to try to find a cure for MS."

Although author Fiona isn't predicting real-life happy-ever-afters, her Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies will hopefully ease the pain for many with MS.

Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies is now available to buy online and at all good bookshops.