To Type or Handwrite?

To Type or Handwrite?

To type or handwrite: that is the question. I am a member of a couple of Facebook author groups and this is a frequently asked question. There are many reasons given for individual choices. "I write my first draft by hand, at least for fiction. For non-fiction, I type...

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My Adventures in Creative Writing

My Adventures in Creative Writing

On 25th April, I boldly went where I'd never been before, but had very much wanted to for a long time. Lack of confidence and time had always held me back. So when my best friend, Julia, told me she was thinking of attending a Creative Writing course, I asked if I...

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Ambitions of an Introverted Author

Ambitions of an Introverted Author

As an author, my ambition is to sell lots of books and encourage the enjoyment of reading in children. As an avid reader myself, encouraging reading is relatively easy. It is true, books really can take you away to anywhere in this world and out of it. In my childhood...

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My Favourite Quotes to Encourage Reading

My Favourite Quotes to Encourage Reading

Inspirational quotes are everywhere! I hope you love them as much as I do. I regularly share quotes on my social media accounts (you can check me out on Facebook and Instagram). Here are a few of my favourites: Even my bookworm daughter is reluctant to read the books...

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My Week In Fenwick

My Week In Fenwick

After my week in Fenwick at Easter, I had a long weekend away with my family and knew that I wouldn't have time to write about my experience. Instead, Lum stepped in and shared a picture blog. Now that a few weeks have passed, I have the time to properly reflect on...

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How Lum was born

How Lum was born

A frequently asked question by both children and adults is "What inspired you to write Lum?" It is possible that I have given more than one answer to this question, dependent on how much time I had to explain, the age of my audience or even my energy levels when I was...

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My Inspiration

My Inspiration

Writing stories for children is the perfect "job" for me.  I spend a lot of my time talking nonsense just to amuse myself and this works well for children's stories.  When I am asked a question, if I don't know the answer, I am often tempted to make something up.  It...

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Encouraging Your Child To Read

Encouraging Your Child To Read

Do you have a reluctant reader? A child that would do anything rather than pick up a book? Read on for 8 ideas to encourage reading. Join your local library and visit regularlyAs well as stories to suit every taste, the library will also have a range of non-fiction...

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Getting Children Active Through Stories

Getting Children Active Through Stories

Perhaps more often than not, reading does stop us from getting outside. So what can we, as parents, do to counteract this? I've put together a few ideas to encourage our lovely bookworms into being more active at an early age. Read on to start your outdoor story...

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The Importance of Bedtime Stories

The Importance of Bedtime Stories

JK Rowling has been quoted as saying "I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp", which always makes me wonder what the context of this quote is. Was she speaking with Government Ministers who were threatening to send every child to bed at 7pm...

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Being A Bookworm

Being A Bookworm

The stereotype of a bookworm is a girl (or boy) wearing glasses, pale skin, no style and no social skills. I certainly tick some of those boxes. I feel, though, that I have other attributes and interests to take me beyond that stereotype. And, in fact, a stereotype is...

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The Story Idea

The Story Idea

Every author gets asked "where do you get your ideas from?" and I suspect every author has a different answer. In my case, the ideas come from things I see and hear around me every day. For instance, the rhyme Making Friends (working title) came about through two...

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