I knit so that I might write. Occasionally, I'm a virtual assistant in order to buy the yarn to make the things which buy me time to write. I have yet to buy the internet telephone with many lines which would help me to buy more yarn to... you know the rest and have just treated myself to yet another pretty book with lines to scribble in.
With one novel for adults published some years back, I was converted to writing for children and young adults after reading David Almond's 'Skellig' with a group of reluctant readers. I have two and a half novels on paper but have yet to find the agent who really loves my work enough to want to represent me.
What are you working on at the moment?
After a prolonged absence, I have returned to 'Monsters'. Having hated my second novel with a passion when I ceremonially burned several copies two years back, I find myself flirting coquettishly with Chapter One again.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
Really couldn't do it.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
When someone says, 'Oh I've often thought I could write a novel if I had the time', I no longer poke them in the eye with a sharpened pencil. Instead, I remember that I once thought it was that easy too!
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