Mum and children reading

Love Is … Reading Together

Long before we grow up and find someone to love and share our lives with, our first loves are our parents.  And reading with a parent is something...
Love Is … Reading Together

Love Is … Reading Together

Long before we grow up and find someone to love and share our lives with, our first loves are our parents.  And reading with a parent is something that most adults remember doing.  Sharing a book together is a truly wonderful way to grow and keep that bond of love...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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