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I have always needed to write. I remember at school sneaking to the far end of the playing field at break times with paper and pen and just scribbling down short stories and poems.
When I was sixteen I won a national short story competition, and that encouraged me to keep writing. Various projects and stories accumulated in a desk drawer until my son was born.
When I started reading books to my son he soon became terrified of the stories about dragons, and ogres, and magic, and in particular one about a dream maker who whispered in the ears of sleeping children. He didn’t sleep for weeks. So I started writing stories for him about things he was interested in. I knew then I wanted to write about the natural world, and wrote a book about the world of the squirrel, and later another about the bird world.
I later teamed up with an illustrator and together we produced a children’s picture book about a dancing hippo and the story is about not being afraid to be different. All of my children’s stories deal with life issues such as bullying, racism, and the importance of teamwork.
I then wrote an adult novel, a crime/thriller, The Black Widows. My next adult novel, Curse of the Dogwood, was published as an ebook in June 2014.As you will see from the blog, there is a hunt on for the original house the story is based on.
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