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My twin girls, Sophie and Felicity, told me this weekend that I’m still a teenager! Yay! They added that it’s not just because I scrape in at a petite five foot tall, still love to ride ponies and roller skate (well, my husband does have a roller skating club!) But that I also write great stories filled with magic, fairies, mermaids and Unipegs (horses; half Unicorn, half Pegasus ) all on their request! They didn’t mention whether my looks are those of a teenager, other than my height - and I wasn’t brave enough to ask!
My plan was for just the one book, but I happily went on to write book two then three and now the fourth. Okay, I admit it, I’m addicted to writing! It’s absorbing, mind stretching and exhilarating - especially when I see my children become so excited as I read to them. Unless, of course, I’m trying to get them to sleep, that is. So be warned; they’ve (happily) been described as ‘page turners’ by my readers - and that includes the parents who enjoyed them too.
In fact, I'm really excited to be able to share with you that a recent Bloomsbury critique of my first two books, has described them as: "Plot driven, imaginative stories, that I can see having real appeal for younger readers." And as having, "vivid characterisation and an inventive world." Amazingly encouraging feedback from such a well respected, mainstream publisher!
I also enjoy my time out on school visits, 'book-ish' fun days at bookshops and working as an Ambassador for The Publisher's Association, helping to promote reading - of which I'm passionate about!
One of my goals was also to produce paper copies, and I’m very happy to say that I’ve achieved it. They look great too - thanks to my mother, Margaret Alford, for all the beautiful illustrations. Thanks also, to FeedaRead for your brilliant customer service.
I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my stories with your children for years to come, as much as I have enjoyed creating and sharing them with mine :)
Right, on with book 4!