Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: What I am now, a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Aged 9, I surprised a grown-up friend of my parents when I announced that was what I wanted to be. He didn’t think it was a ‘real’ job.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: Lookng down from great heights – I have to resist the temptation to fly off into the air.
Q: What’s your favourite colour?
A: Happy, tangy orangey red.
Q: What is your favourite possession?
A: Life! I’ve not treasured many possessions since all my own oil paintings and many books were destroyed in a fire many years ago.
Q: How long have you been a writer/ illustrator?
A: Ever since I wrote and illustrated my first book aged 7. My first books were published over 20 years ago.
Q: Do you write by hand or on the computer?
A: Both. I draw and paint by hand and on computer too, with a pencil, brush or graphic pen and tablet.
Q: Which of your characters do you most identify with?
A: Tiz and Ott – my current characters, but they have not yet gone out into the world.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
A: My pencil
Q: What sort of books do you write?
A:Picture books and doodle book
Q: Which writers/illustrators would you have on your dream team and why?sWilliam Steig, Ruth Kraus and Marc Simont, all wonderful old American authors and illustrators. Steig’s books are hilarious. He wrote the original story of Shrek and I think his book is much funnier than the film. Simont did brilliant drawings of all kinds of people washing, putting their underwear on, then travelling through New York city and finally meeting together where “their work was to play. And they played beautifully.” This book was written beautifully, by Ruth Kraus and is called “When The Philharmonic Gets Dressed”.
Q: I loved writing this bit....
A: Zip, a line! Splat, a blot!
Wiggly, squiggly. Dot dot dot.