There aren’t many days when I don’t write, because apart from being my job, I love doing it. It’s not only creative but deeply satisfying and honestly - I’ve never had that Sunday night feeling so many people dread. I’ve been a freelance writer for thirty years and haven’t been without a writing commission, working on books for many famous publishing houses. Most of this work was teachers’ resources for primary schools, as I taught that age group, education books for the high street and articles for professional magazines. Some were co-authored with a teaching colleague.
For many years I taught creative writing to the older children in primary , helping them become enthusiastic about stories and it was then I began writing and illustrating stories to read to them. Three of these were published independently as children’s novels and then, having caught the fiction bug, I carried on writing fiction. There are fourteen now, in several of my favourite genre, including history, supernatural fantasy and horse tales. In 2013 I set up a small imprint for my children’s novels:
Wild Dog Books Ltd. www.wildbooks4children.com
MY DEBUT NOVEL FOR ADULTS
Eighteen months ago I decided to try and write a novel for adult readers and I set it in a primary school, a place where life is full-on and passions can rage. It was a fruitful setting. Many workplaces are stressful and everyone has a different breaking point: some lead to utter destruction. With this in mind, I wrote Breaking Points, the story of a shocking crime.