FAQ's

Here are some questions I've been asked. If you've any questions email them to me and I might answer them here



Q. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A. No, I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a child but unfortunately I can't dance. There are a few embarrassing family videos of me dancing at weddings or parties that prove this. Then I wanted to be an air hostess, a nurse, and finally a teacher. I was about to train to be a teacher when I sold my first grown-up writing to Jackie magazine and decided to be a writer instead. I've always loved reading and writing though, and was always penning letters, stories and poems to send off to Uncle Len's Chipper Club or Bunty comic when I was young. Some of them even got published.

Q. Is there anything you wish you hadn't written?
A. Yes, when I was in my early teens I decided to write a diary but I didn't really do much or go anywhere so I invented some stuff to make my diary more exciting. Then my mum found it and read it and, boy, was I in big trouble!


Q. How old are you?
A. Hmm, older than I'd like to be but not old enough to have ten grandchildren. I tell the older ones to call me Auntie when we're out but they take great delight in shouting "Nan!" at the top of their voices.


Q. What's the best thing about being a writer?
A. Being able to spend all day reading and writing and getting paid for it.


Q. Do you make a lot of money?
A. No I am very poor so please go and buy my books!


Q. When you write comic strips does the artist draw the pictures first then the writer fills in the words?
A. No. It all starts with the writer. The writer makes up the story and divides it into frames, then he/she describes what's going to be in every frame so that the artist knows what to draw.


Q. Do you and the artist work in the same room so that you can discuss ideas for the pictures?
A. No I work in my home and the artist works in their home (or studio). The artist sends the work to the editor who sends it to me to check over. We never meetunless we happen to go the same publisher's party.

Q. What was the very first thing you had published?
A. I think it was a poem I wrote about my baby brother when I was eleven. It was published in the Bunty and it went like this:

Peter is my baby brother,
In the night he wakes my mother,
Screaming and kicking his little feet,
Although he is really very sweet.
The naughty boy bites his pram
And when he's asleep how glad I am.

Peter died when he was 16 so I'm glad I had a poem published about him.

Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
A. Everywhere. Anything can trigger off an idea - overheard conversations on buses, trains or in shops, things my grandchildren say or do, sometimes all it takes one word and I'm off building another story in my head.