Welcome to our academy!
1. What is your favourite book and why?
- My favourite book is ‘Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien’.
2. Where did you get your ideas from?
- I got the idea for ‘Diamond of Drury Lane’ when I was studying for my doctorate.
3. Who inspired you to become an author?
- My Year 6 teacher Mr England. He said to me ‘One day I’ll go into the library and see your books on the shelf. He gave me inspiration.
- My Great Aunty Peggy
4. What advice would you give to someone who would like to become an author?
- There is some advice on my website under ‘Tips for Writers’.
- Make sure you enjoy writing and do it because you enjoy telling the story.
- Find an audience
5. What are common mistakes for aspiring writers?
- Adjectives – a young writer will overwrite and use too many of them.
6. How did you become an author?
- You are an author as soon as you write stories. I wrote stories for my oldest child. It took a few years to be published.
7. Why did you decide to become an author?
- I get joy when I tell a story well.
8. What university did you go to?
- I was an Undergraduate at Cambridge and I studied my doctorate at Oxford.
9. How long have you been writing for?
- I first got published in 2006 so that is 12 years.
10. How many awards have you won?
- I have won a few. For example I have won the ‘Waterstones Children’s Book Prize’.
11. What is your favourite quote from your book?
- On the Goodreads site there are lots of quotes from my books. My favourite quote is from Cat Royal ‘You’ve always wanted to be in my gang.’
12. Imagine yourself in one of your stories. What character would you be and why?
- A dragon. I could imagine what this character could be like.
13. When did you start writing your books?
- When I was in Year 6.
Thank you for coming to our academy. It has been a pleasure meeting you.