How long have you been writing for?
I began when I was at home with small children in the 1990s, so I’ve now been writing for a quarter of a century!
What is the inspiration behind your books?
Life, I suppose. I’m interested in things and explore them through stories.
You have written some amazing books including the ‘Winnie the Witch’ series. What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite of my own books is ‘You Choose’, for a number of reasons. I felt very sure that it was a good idea, but had to battle to get it published … and then it slowly grew and grew, and has now sold over a million copies. It’s the book children bring to show me in the tattiest condition; loved to bits! All thanks to Nick Sharratt’s wonderful cornucopia of pictures, of course.
What’s the best part of writing for you?
I love the playing around with ideas, before the hard work of writing and rewriting even begins.
How did you get your first book published?
I wrote it for a competition, which it was runner-up in, but didn’t win. So I sent it to an agent, and she took me on and sold it.
What has your publishing journey been like?
Interesting, challenging, rewarding.
Have you any future plans you could share with us?
I’ve got a new historical novel for 8-12s coming out next July. Its title still isn’t fixed, but possibly, ‘The Boy Who Found Dragons’. It’s set here, in my village, in the 1860s when they were digging for coprolites and making discoveries about evolution. And the first of a new series of Winnie the Witch chapter books will be coming out next Christmas. Lots of writing projects in the pipeline, and more teaching of writers.
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