For me writing equals breathing. They are more synonyms than any other synonym words. I write non-stop since I was fifteen when I was still in high school. Back then, sometimes I just wrote, others I wrote and painted. But writing... oh writing...
As an avid writer, but also avid reader, I loooove books, all shapes and sizes, because they have given me so much throughout my life. All kinds.
Today I do it all.
I remember engraving certain stories in my mind, certain that one day I would write them. Because there are stories that just need to be told.
I studied journalism at Lisbon Catholic University but dedicated my professional life to developing and teaching my own projects of Arts and English to children, some of them with learning disabilities, before becoming a fulltime writer and illustrator.
I’m always busy writing, sketching, painting or illustrating children’s books.
My strongest influences and inspirations are music, the cartoons of Waterson and Schulz, abstract art and classic and contemporary literature.
I’m a strong believer that drawings, paintings and stories created by children are the most beautiful, significant and inspiring of all.
I live in the beautiful sunny town of Cascais, in Portugal, with my husband (and co-author), my boy and our two dogs.