Gosh, the team at Kids’ Book Review really know how to ask a question… and I know, because I’ve just answered twelve of them!
Some of the questions required answers of a limited number of words (so much trickier than it sounds, which of course any writer of picture books will be quick to tell you!). I’ll pop the link to the whole interview below, but for now here is my brief response to question four… and (by contrast) my short story for question ten, just to whet your appetite!
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Delighting in the ordinary, with buoyant, singsong wordplay and imagery.
10. What/who made you start writing?
All the ways I observed language being used sparely, creatively and wittily: in the picture books, joke books and poetry collections of my childhood, in our playground chants at school, in cartoon captions and speech bubbles, in folk songs around the campfire, in the playful riffs of The Two Ronnies… and because I realised words could add meaning to the pictures I’d been drawing since I was tiny.
Many thanks to Kids’ Book Review, for challenging me to think about my writing and where it comes from, for all the other author interviews which were fantastic reading… and also for the lovely review of My Sunbeam Baby.