As children, my older sister and I used to write out little name cards for all our books and tape small pockets into the back of them so we could play libraries. When we grew up, she became a librarian and I ended up as a writer and editor.
I’ve written various kinds of books including a novella and collections of short stories, as well as loads of chapter books and nonfiction for kids’ school literacy programs. I’ve edited many different books too, and I love to ‘polish’ writing. Playing with words, finding new ways to use them and make them sing is one of my favourite pastimes.
These days I concentrate on writing novels and 10-minute plays. I’ve got a few projects on the go, floating backwards and forwards between them. I mix writing with reading, gardening, studying Shakespeare, baking cakes, visiting art galleries, making quilts, and travelling to London to see my grandchildren. I also love trawling for bits and bobs to add to my vintage collections. I do lots of this stuff with my sister… and we both still love books!