Crazy Daisy
Lazy Maisy

‘I was brought up in a big city but always longed to live in the country. I thought it would be peaceful. Nobody told me about the noisy crows, the screeching pheasants and the hunting cries of the owls.
My father and my grandmother were very influential in the fact that I love storytelling so much. When I was growing up they were always making up stories to tell to us and my mother encouraged us to read all the traditional fairy tales.

At the age of five I used to re-tell the stories to all my friends in the playground and as I got older I'd make up my own. I wish I'd written them down but it was very much an oral tradition. I did start to write a novel when I was eleven, but sadly I never finished it. It was an historical novel based on fact, about a village in Derbyshire which had an outbreak of the Black Death in 1665. I was writing the story from the viewpoint of one of the young girls living there. I'm sure it would have been a very depressing book.

I was born in Nottingham in 1965, the youngest of four girls. I had two passions as a child: stories and drawing. I always tried to include drawing in my homework. I invented a cartoon family for my German homework and always did it in comic strip form.

I originally trained and worked as a tapestry weaver but had to stop weaving because I hurt my back. I then did a degree in English and History and later an MA in Creative Writing.

I love writing fiction for children and young adults. It was great fun writing Alice at seven years old, behaving like a teenager and shocking her mother. She soon realises that her behaviour is inappropriate and tries to come across more like a child but doesn't find it easy. I thought this would make teenagers assess their own behaviour and help them realise how far they'd come in such a short time. The age of fourteen is difficult because you are neither an adult nor a child and yet you're treated as both. It's all very confusing.’

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