Tell us a bit about your family. Youngest of six kids with thirteen neices and nephews.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Ignore, confront head on or chip away.
What scares you the most? Potential, voting and social media.
What’s your greatest character strength? Careful Listening
What’s your weakest character trait? Not Listening
Why do you write? It’s a compulsion not just a career.
Have you always enjoyed writing? All through school and university though had a break for 13.5 years in which time I did a 10 week picture book correspondence course – hence current path.
What motivates you to write? Making kids and parents laugh, assembling words in new and interesting ways.
What writing are you most proud of? Unique is an overrated and overused word, having said that, ABC Mini Monsters is a genrebusting alphabet book. I’d be hugely surprised if there is anything in the market remotely like it.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? My first picture book “Round Fish Square Bowl’ was published just before my mum died. So pretty chuffed I could show her an advance copy though sadly she wasn’t around for the book launch.
What book genre of books do you adore? Picture books have a magic that no other genre can match.
What book should everybody read at least once? Their own!
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? Ones with dull first pages.
When I Started, I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Follow your heart over your head. It’s a harder organ to control but it makes the best decisions.
The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made Was: Believing my ‘fame’ would be instant and prolonged – instead of slow and protracted!
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Genre – Children’s Picture Book
Rating – G