Interview with Gabi Plumm

Describe your desk
My desk is a timber table on my verandah. The table serves as a dining table when I have guests. I sit in the glorious temperature of North Queensland Australia and write until I am blown away by the sea breeze.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England, Surrey. I always felt as if I didn't fit my family. I had language talents that existed nowhere else, I could speak French and Spanish and copy people's accents but none of this existed in my first family. At the age of 34 I found out I had been adopted and it changed my life.
Every book I write has an adoption component — can't help it, it just sneaks in.
When did you first start writing?
At school writing 'essays' was always fun, but the most fun was the night I got caught telling stories in the dorm at school — boarding school — and I had to write down what story I had been telling. I had to write this in an exercise book outside the headmistresses study. The story I had been telling was about a dog turd sitting on a wall in exact opposition to another dog turd on the opposite wall. I realized I simply couldn't tell that story so I made something up — forget what it was — but it was more fun than telling the real tale.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind The Two Jays of Dribblepit is not complicated. Liam and I had both written autobiographies and a friend suggested we should write a children's book together. Another friend suggested it was possible to write a book in only 3 days. We proved him right and that is the book that has now been reedited into the Two Jays. The story of two humanoid children whose ADD and OCD problems make them targets at school is a familiar subject to us both. We enjoyed having the children get out of trouble using their humanoid magic tools and their wonderful dog Shulfi.
Published 2014-10-17.
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Books by This Author

The Two Jays of Dribblepit The Big Book
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 47,090. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
The Two Jays of Dribblepit chronicles the adventures of two eleven-year-old humanoid kids whose lives are disrupted by ADD and OCD, bullying and teasing.They create inventive ways to get out of trouble and the books share clever tools to help them and other children to make their lives a better place. Culminating in catastrophe this book keeps the reader enthralled all the way.