Vera grew up in America but has lived in Britain - and occasionally in France, Canada and Australia - all her adult life.
She was for many years a teacher in Cambridge and later in London. She now lives with her husband in the Kingdom of Fife, in Scotland, where she writes, illustrates, tends her allotment and enjoys her many visitors, especially grandchildren.
She writes and illustrates story books and chapter books, often with a magic twist.
Her newest book, Bully for You! is a useful chapter book for schools (Anti-Bullying Week is 17-21 November this year) for ages 7-11 and beyond!
At present she is working on a story for teenagers set in Australia about families and bereavement.
What's the story behind your latest book?
17-21 November 2014 is Anti-Bullying Week in Great Britain, and I'm delighted to see all the publicity coming along. Bullying is a subject close to my heart and background, partly because I was a teacher for many years and know how destructive and hidden it can be. My latest book features Kit Marsh, age 10, and his complicated life. It's the story of what can happen, with a little magic from some wee aliens, when bullying gets out of control. It's a lot of fun - and a rollercoaster of a story - that will allow children age 7-12 or above to think about and discuss bullying while enjoying a good read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'v'e written bits and pieces all my life, and some years ago I found I finally had time to really start writing seriously. My characters and what's happening to them truly matter to me, and I hope they'll matter to you too!
A chapter book about a family in trouble - saved by snuffalumps. At first the magic is fantastic. Snuffalumps can whizzagazoom anything, superfast. All Jamie and Grace's wishes start coming true. It's only when Jamie's brilliant library plan takes off that everything goes suddenly horribly wrong. Can Jamie and Grace solve the mystery of the snuffalumps and save them from the evil Robbo?
Primary school chapter book about what happens, with a little help from some wee alien Krakens, when school bullying gets out of control.
Meet Kit Marsh, fat as sausages, with a habit of talking before he thinks. The Krakens are trashing his house and his Gran can't even see them, but school is worse. Big Trev is lurking and Kit's terrified. Watch Kit's desperate brain hatch an awesome plan!