I'm delighted to welcome to children's author Sophie Plowden, who's dropped by today to tell us about her writing. Sophie is the author of the Jack Dash series.
Sophie Plowden is the author of Jack Dash and the Magic Feather (Catnip, September 2015) and Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard which is coming out in 2016. She trained as a painter and etcher and has exhibited her work widely. She also teaches art in London, where she lives with her husband and son.
You can find out more about Sophie here:
I asked Sophie to tell us a bit more about herself:
How did you get started writing?
I started writing three weeks into a protracted bout of insomnia. Although I was crashing through the day like a zombie, at two fifteen every morning my eyes snapped open and my brain switched on, ideas already zinging. I had to do something with all this excess synaptic activity so I crept downstairs and flipped my laptop open.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I ate a slug once. I found it in a coat pocket and thought it was a hard-boiled sweet.
What was your favourite book as a child?
There are many books which pounced on me unexpectedly in my formative years and have clung on to this day, but Ferdinand the Bull (by Munro Leaf and exquisitely illustrated by Robert Lawson) probably has the most illustrious history: it was banned in Spain, burnt by Hitler and adored by Mahatma Gandhi. Not bad for a picture book.
It sounds fun!
What's your top tip for new writers?
If you don’t like living in your head then back out now. Oh – and delete your browsing history. Research can take you to strange places, which you might find hard to vindicate.
Sophie's latest book
Jack Dash and the Magic Feather
If you found a magic quill pen that makes drawings real, what would you draw?
When Jack Dash finds the magic feather, thing go from dull to awesome in 0.6 seconds - he can have anything he wants! Only it turns out Jack isn't very good at drawing and his life is soon full of unexpected chaos, a pair of frilly knickers and a pet sea lion.
When he finds himself on the run, it's time for Jack to save the day. Can he be quick on the draw?
It sounds fun doesn't it? If you want to buy a copy then click on the link below:
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Sophie.