Welcome to my home page!
Did you ever wonder what makes a good story? Then take a look at the creative writing workshop section on the school visits page where you'll also find talks I give for writers' groups and some tips on writing for children.
Or perhaps you want to know how I write. You'll find that under the Q and A section, where there is also a question for you!. You may want to contact me - I would love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting!
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I was born and raised in a small town in Texas. Now I live in a village in England with my husband, whom I met at the age of five. When I was a kid, we didn't have computers, mobile phones or even color television! I loved books because they took me to faraway places.
As a child my favorite stories were fairy tales. My favorite books were 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hogdson Burnett and 'The Princess and Curdie' by George Macdonald. As I got older I enjoyed Mark Twain, and when my own kids began to read I became a big fan of Roald Dahl.
My dad was editor of the newspaper in our town, so writing seemed like the most normal thing in the world. I was editor of my high school and university newspapers, but I always wanted to write for kids - to do for others what books had done for me. I taught English for a few years, after which I stayed home with our three children and began to write stories.
My first book was a picture book about a boy with a birthmark on his face. I always felt like an outsider when growing up, so the characters I write about tend to be that way as well. In my books I want to entertain my readers, and also to help them to see themselves and their world in a new way.
I have also written a full-length play for adults, called The Sun Porch. My secret dream is to write a musical for the stage.
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