What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I have always kept a diary since I was very young, and to this day still keep one. One of my earliest jobs was with an advertising agency, where I was a secretary. However, I knew I had a flair for writing so I began to do some copywriting for them. From there I got onto SHE magazine as Assistant Fashion Editor, and I continued writing for the local newspaper, where I had four columns, and into freelance writing for various publications. I interviewed many celebrities including Angus Ogilvy, Cliff Richard, The Monkees, and Harry Secombe. I also used to work for Claire Rayner writing letters and helping with her books.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
Now I just write my diary all the time, it is ongoing. I am also busy keeping a diary for my new little granddaughter in Holland, who is just eight months old. Hopefully she will read it one day. Now that my husband and I have retired to Spain, I have all the time in the world to do whatever we want to do.
My first book has been literally sitting on the shelf for over ten years, waiting for the right publisher, but also I had put it to one side as we were busy with other things. Then I read about this publisher living in Spain, and I approached her. She loved my book immediately. I gave it a dusting, added my own illustrations, and with her encouragement and belief in me, it is now on Amazon in paperback form and ebook. Both versions have a colouring book to go with it.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I love writing for children as they are so innocent, and you can play with their imagination.
What draws you to write in that genre?
One of my many jobs was working in a playschool. I used to make up stories for the children, and one of them was about this hat that flew around. I loved seeing their faces filled with wonderment as they fought to pick it up and put it on their heads. I would like my books to teach children about behaviour, about life, self belief and inner confidence
Can you tell me about your current projects?
My next book will be the beginning of a series. I will have The Multicoloured Hat going around to different countries. In this way I hope to introduce the children to the cultures and people of the countries and show them some of the sites, that maybe they will go to when they are older. There will be one book per country starting with Spain of course, as that is where we now live.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I only plan to do the books, as we are now retired. We have done a lot of travelling. We drive through France to go to Holland a lot to see our son, his wife and our new granddaughter, and then onto the UK to see our other son and his wife. I may do a ‘grown up’ book on our journeys.
Where can people find out more about you?