FAQs

Teachers and children often ask me questions about my writing. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


Do you like being a teacher or a writer best?

I love teaching and writing so I plan to keep doing them both. As I write books for schools it’s really useful being a teacher. I test lots of my resources on the children I teach to see if they enjoy them!


Where do you get your story ideas from?

Some of the stories in my books are retellings of well known stories. Other stories I’ve made up myself. Ideas can come from anywhere: conversations, snippets of T.V programmes, other people lives, my own experiences or my imagination running wild! These ideas start as little specks that over time grow and develop into the plot of a story.


Who is your favourite children’s author?

I have lots of favourites so I couldn’t possibly choose just one! I love the work of C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a great fantasy story. Marjorie Blackman’s writing and ideas are absolutely fantastic. And the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon really make me laugh. There are many more children’s authors I could mention but I haven’t got the space!


Do you like writing fiction or non-fiction best?

It’s hard to choose. I really love writing stories but I also enjoy writing non-fiction too. I like doing research and discovering new things.


Do you draw the pictures in your books?

No – I can’t draw! The publishing company contacts an illustrator who adds the drawings for me.


Do you earn lots of money?

Lots of people think you become rich (and famous like J.K.Rowling!) if you have a book published – but this isn’t true for most writers. Like many writers I write because I love it not just for the money. ☺