When did you start writing?
I started writing rhymes to entertain myself on the train to the office when I worked as a research scientist.
Have you always been a writer?
When I was younger my writing was mostly in the form of music composition and public speaking. I do remember starting a couple of stories on occasion, and I remember once, when I was very young calling a publisher to ask how much it would cost me to publish a cook book (that I had not yet written).
Do your kids influence your writing?
One of my unpublished manuscripts was inspired by time spent with my son. He helped me write some of the phrases in it too!
What do you write with?
I write in a plain spiral bound notebook with a 0.7mm Japanese mechanical pencil. I also write on my mac.
What has been the best moment of the writing journey so far?
Every time I see the illustrators’ interpretations for the first time.
What’s your favourite picture book?
So hard to choose just one! I like so many for so many different reasons. I will have to make a comprehensive list – stay tuned. In the meantime, I’ll say Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. It’s a beautiful story and it’s executed perfectly.
Are you currently working on other picture books?
Always. I am currently working on a story about a boy who wants to be in the circus, and I have various other unfinished manuscripts crying out for me to give them a beginning, middle or end.