I was born in West Ham and grew up in the east London suburbs. I had a typical 1960’s childhood – big sister and I were dressed in matching home-made outfits … playing out more than playing in … bucket and spade holidays in Cornwall.
I was a complete tomboy and my favourite thing was playing sport, particularly netball and hockey where I was always in defence! I am a third generation stammerer (my dad and grandad stammered too) and school could be quite tough, although I never stammered on the sports field, which was where I felt most confident.
I enjoyed writing from very early on and knew I was pretty good at it, but it wasn’t until my twenties that I tried to write a whole book. I wrote for grown-ups for many years without getting published, and finally tried writing for children. I soon discovered it was much more fun, and since then haven’t wanted to write anything else!
A bit more stuff …
As a child I didn’t like reading. But when I was ten my mum made me read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and I suddenly realised what I’d been missing. It’s still one of my favourite books.
I am left handed. Only 13% of the world’s population are left handed, and if I’d been born in medieval times I’d have been beaten and shunned as a child of the devil!
I hate cooking, but like eating very much.
I especially like eating chocolate very much.
I have a very silly sense of humour and love watching children’s TV – I particularly enjoyed Dick and Dom shouting “BOGEYS!” in the British Library.
I started writing Edwin Spencer Mission Improbable when pregnant with my daughter. It took until her first year of junior school to get it published!
I am very patient.
I start a lot of my sentences with the word ‘I’.
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