Interview with Jill Tinker

When did you first start writing?
I can't really remember a time when I didn't write. I remember my father took me to the big library in town one day. It's one of my earliest memories. I loved the smell of the place and the sheer number of bright and colourful books. As soon as I picked up a book I knew that I wanted to write my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I often have a general idea of what I want to write before I start out. The greatest joy of writing for me is when the characters take on a life of their own and lead me in different directions. That's when I know I have something that's worth pursuing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favourite authors. I love Charlotte Bronte and never tire of reading Jane Eyre. I've read almost everything by Sebastian Faulks and I'm enjoying catching up with Louis de Bernieres.
Amongst my favourite children's authors are Maurice Sendak, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Dick King Smith.
Describe your desk
I have a big black desk which has my computer monitor and printer on top. Underneath it is a filing cabinet and over it are a few shelves with books that I use for my writing. Pride of place on my shelf goes to my Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson is another of my heroes). Next to him is a scented candle that helps me with the dreaded writer's block.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on an inner city housing estate. I always wanted to be somewhere else but didn't really know where. My writing allowed me to try out different worlds and let me escape to places that I had no chance of actually living in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I'm not writing I work with children. They are always so full of enthusiasm that this inspires me to get out of bed. They make each day such fun.
When I'm writing the thought of getting further along with my story is my inspiration. Writing is definitely worth getting up for.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Eddy the elephant seal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 460. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Eddy was happy in the zoo until one day strange things began to happen to his body. The children were laughing. He was angry until he found what they were laughing at.
Fergus the frill-necked lizard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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Cecil the shark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 470. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Cecil is a little shark with a big desire to be bigger. Find out how he manages to achieve his wish with a little help from his older brother.
April the Aye Aye
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 560. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
April is an Aye Aye who just loves to eat. Find out how her greed got the better of her the day she met the hunters and the aye-aye eating monster.