ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Grace Jolliffe grew up in Liverpool but now lives on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. She lives with her husband, two dogs, ten hens, five lucky ducks and a large group of frogs.
Grace spends most of her time making up stories, and after spending many years in admin jobs she happily admits she finds the fictional world preferable to the office world.
She used to write for a children's radio show until the show was axed and the writing team replaced with a talking dog. This motivated her to find a new outlet for her work and so she began adapting her children's stories and publishing them on Amazon.
When she's not making things up Grace loves walking around the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. Her love of nature and its natural magic inspires her Ballyyahoo series of children's stories and you can visit this magical town and read some free stories on www.ballyyahoo.com
Grace loves gardening and blogs about her efforts to tame her wild Galway garden at gracelikestogarden.com
In addition to writing for children she writes thrillers and black comedy for adults. She has also written for television and radio, written and directed documentaries, as well as several award winning short films.
Grace's first novel, a crime thriller called 'Piggy Monk Square,' was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, optioned for film, and broadcast on RTE's Book On One.
For more information about all Grace's children's stories you can visit www.wildatlanticstories.com
Grace also has a website for creative writers with information, tips and exercises for writers. You can also download your own free creative writing tracker to keep you motivated and organise your writing sessions. at www.practicalcreativewriting.com/free-writing-tracker/
She writes all the articles and stories for her sites and takes all her own photographs. Grace loves to keep in touch with her readers, so catch up with her on Google+ and Facebook at:
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the city of Liverpool in an area called Toxteth. It was very much an inner city area and I think it was the colourful Liverpudlian characters and humour that influenced me most.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as soon as I was able to. I liked to invent whole new universes and strange characters to live in them and still do. My mother encouraged me and I often sat on the step of our house making things up.
From Ireland – a special Halloween ghost story for children. Read it by torchlight - if you dare!
Sean loves Halloween, and he loves ghost stories even more. Sean’s not afraid of anything - until he hears the story of his disappearing uncle and the terrible secret of Dancer’s Well!
Sean will never forget the scariest Halloween he’s ever had!
A funny story for kids, set in Ireland's weird and wonderful Ballyyahoo. When Gerry gets bored he likes to swing on his gate but when Kevin gets bored he likes to play tricks. One day he plays a trick too many and his mother grounds him for three whole weeks. When Kevin comes back he's changed - all he wants to do is study. Gerry can't stand the new Kevin, but will the old Kevin ever come back?
Natasha’s Granny wants to go out and about, play darts and have lots and lots of fun. Natasha’s mother thinks Granny should sit by the fire, be quiet and knit lots and lots of socks. One day Granny has such fun playing darts she forgets to come home for dinner. Natasha's mother gets mad and after a terrible row Granny runs away leaving poor Natasha with a broken heart. Will Granny ever come home?
THE TREE HUGGER
When a new girl comes to school her life is made miserable by bullies. Debbie knows if she helps her then she'll be bullied too. What will she do when she's forced to take a side?
THE RUNAWAY GRANNY
Natasha’s fun-loving Granny wants to go out and about, play darts and have lots and lots of fun. One day there's a terrible row and Granny runs away. Will Granny ever come home?
PROFITS FROM THIS BOOK GO TOWARDS SUPPORTING TNR AND GREYSTONES KITTY HOSTEL
Maggie-many-cats is a funny story about a crazy-cat-lady who lives in a house full of cats in the magical town of Ballyyahoo, in Ireland. One day, Maggie gets a visit from a strange cat. Everyone knows cats can't fly but Maggie sees this cat flying through the air. Is Maggie going mad or is there something funny going on?
An Irish Christmas is always great and this year's Christmas in Ballyyahoo was set to be the best one ever, until Santa and Rudolph turned up on Christmas Eve. Instead of leaving gifts they took all the presents away!
It’s up to two boys, Kevin and Gerry, to save Christmas but they can’t do it alone. There’s only one person who can help them now and that’s the wonderful witch of Ballyyahoo.
Practical Creative Writing Exercises - Exercises To Inspire You To Write That Story You Always Wanted To Write.
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A STORY ABOUT BULLYING
When Shalmalah comes to Debbie’s school, she is targeted by school bullies, Susan and Leonie. Shalamalah is a free spirit who doesn’t want to dress and act like everyone else. Debbie hates seeing Shalmalah being bullied but she’s too scared to do anything. When Debbie’s and Shalmalah’s mothers become friends Debbie is forced to make a serious choice.
FROM IRELAND - A CHAPTER BOOK FOR KIDS WHO LIKE FANTASY, MAGIC AND ADVENTURE
INTRODUCING BIDDY, THE CRIME-FIGHTING WITCH OF BALLYYAHOO
A funny story from Ballyyahoo, a magical town on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Gerry finds a magic stone and learns there will be a terrible crime in Ballyyahoo and only he can stop it. Desperate Gerry needs help - but, will the Witch of Ballyyahoo save the day?