With twelve books to my name, I have talked to hundreds of children and parents in Waterstones, and until a change of policy was a weekly visitor to their stores for book-signing events. I have met there some remarkable people, including three brilliant illustrators, wonderful parents with equally amazing children, a Chinese girl who at the age of ten spoke four languages, and a dad who dyslexic as a boy is now an avid reader. My forays into the world of primary schools has been equally as rewarding, even though among school receptionists, I was more often than not known as 'The Scruffy Lady.'
Almost too doddery now to traipse round the country, I have begun writing for an older audience ... as satisfying? Not sure yet - although I am finding it much, much harder. Learning how to caress sentences into life is proving a challenge. Gluing children to the pages of a book and making them laugh was my special talent.
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