Former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately is following in the footsteps of Madonna and turning his attention to writing children's fiction.

The LOVE ME FOR A REASON hitmaker has been working on his literary debut for several months - and he is hoping to capture youngsters' imaginations.

He says, "I've been writing it for about six months, and done a third of it. It's a magical, fantastical tale."

But the singer's ambition doesn't end there: "I'm also taking acting classes."