When I was growing up, I loved Enid Blyton, Malcolm Saville, The Three Investigators, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys. Now, I love anything by Jacqueline Wilson, Meg Cabot, Virginia Bergin, and Kirsty MacKay’s Undead books. I ask the children I teach writing to what they like and they always give me ideas for great books to read.
I used think I wanted to write books for adults, but when my wonderful niece when she was a little girl, I wrote stories for her, and then for my step-daughter. They inspired me, I guess. Now, I wouldn’t do anything else – I love it and that all children deserve to read books that make them happy and that also help with growing up.
I sit at home with my cats, a view of the Pacific Ocean and make up fun stories – what’s not to like! I really like going into schools and working with children who want to write, too.
It came from a short-story I wrote for my step-daughter one Christmas, when she and her family and friends all become fairy-tale characters. I thought it would be fun to develop the idea.
This website is in Comic Sans and has no moving images – I did a lot of research to find out how to make my books and this site easy for dyslexic readers because I believe that all children and adults should have the chance to love reading.
Yes of course, and I want to do anything I can do to help children grow up into adults who are kind and take responsibility for what they do.
A travel book based on the sites in England that inspired some of the most famous children’s books, and some young adult books which I have plotted but just need the time to write!