Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written lots of books, and published just two while one book is ‘waiting in the wings’. I love writing children’s books in rhyming verse. I am a mother, wife and grandmother who enjoys doing codewords, playing boggle and look forward to the time ceroc dancing can take place again.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book to be released soon, When Moggie Met Froggie, was inspired by my love of rhyming verse. As was my last book, Remarkable Women in Verse which tells the stories of amazing women: Rosa Parks who by not moving to the back of a bus galvanised an entire movement; Helen Keller who lost her speech and sight at 18 months and with the arrival of her governess, Anne Sullivan, finally learned how to communicate with her family and the world; Florence Nightingale who was born into a wealthy family and against her parent’s wishes became a nurse and revolutionised the nursing community.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think I have any unusal writing habits. I LOVE my laptop and don’t think I could write an entire page by hand.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, and I think whatever we read and enjoy influences us all.
What are you working on now?
I am working on follow-ups to The Lost Smile which is the first in the series called The Fabulous Five. I am also working on marketing which is another world. I love writing and dislike marketing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
At the moment the best method I have when it comes to promoting my books are my website and Facebook and these both need further attention.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Who am I to give advice? But definitely find a good editor.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I have ever hears is: You cannot help the world, but you can help one person at a time.
What are you reading now?
I am enjoying The book Wonder.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to continue to bring out other books in The Fabulous Five series – The Lost Smile is the first book – and after When Moggie Met Froggie has been released I will ask the illustrator to work on the second book.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
There are films I can watch over and over and although it probably goes against the grain, there are no books I read over and over again.