Had a really long essay here before, but decided to shorten it up. Surely, I can describe myself in bullet points!
- I was born in SE Asia, but grew up in Germany with school stints in the US and Australia. I now live in the UK where I somehow got stuck after uni.
- Work full-time in a non-writing job.
- Live in Oxfordshire with my husband, with two dogs currently on loan to my mother and a horse that's grazing on a paddock, becoming fatter as I type.
- My ideal life consists of the three R's - in my case, that is: Reading, wRiting and Riding (horseback riding, that is).
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on two Young Adult novels - both planned to be trilogies. Not because I think trilogies/series are currently "in", but because the story arc would be far to long to be squeezed into the cover of one book. Both could be categorized as "Contemporary Fantasy".
One day, I do want to write a scary book. I'm told I have a natural affinity for that sort of thing, but I get too spooked out before I can finish a chapter at this point in time.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
OK - after only having read the first few chapters... I knew I had to change this segment of my profile. I am currently reading Tabitha Suzuma's "FORBIDDEN", and my goodness, do the main characters get into my head. They seem so real - and despite knowing what is to come (everyone who reads the book must know its theme) - you can't help but let them into your heart as well. And the writing is absolutely superb, so fluent... and yet, each sentence is filled with so much meaning.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
That inspiration can come from everywhere.
For one of the novels I'm currently working on, I knew the characters for ages before I even started writing. Let's say, they may have been my invisible friends whilst growing up... and despite me knowing them fairly well (they've been with me all this time after all), I never really knew their story - I planted them into the worlds I made up for them every now and then, but these worlds seemed temporary, and not their own. Then, whilst researching another story (with different characters), it suddenly clicked. It was a very unusual feeling - it was as if these characters said out loud: "Finally, she got it!" (*imagine this with a lot more euphoria*).
Thank you for all the organising you do for Scooby. I know i'm late for the Ning mob, but computer ran out of power and dinner guests arrived mid ninging! But it was just a great idea, and Scooby is so important I still wanted to say thanks!!
Every volunteer has helped to make this SCBWI chapter so brilliant. So today the members are joining together to thank you for the support, thank you for the opportunities, thank you for the friendships.
Without you we would all still be sitting alone in our sheds and lofts, isolated, wondering whether we were nuts to continue writing and illustrating. I still wonder whether I'm nuts to continue writing but at least now I know a lot of other people who are wondering the same!
You're a scoobie volunteer and - You've been Ning Mobbed!
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