Behind the Scenes

ebook and booksPaper or Ebook?

I am a bit of an eco-warrior. I refuse paper mail whenever I can. I recycle and reuse. I take my own shopping bags and I shop a bargain in the local ‘Vinnies’ store. The irony to to this is I write stories and these are then published  – on paper. It seems contradictory I know but there is nothing quite like a book. That being said the eco-friendly aspect of E-literature appeals enormously. How handy when travelling, how convenient when reading something out of character or a little unsuitable? Please do recall for a moment the school pick-up zone or the swimming lesson poolside a few years ago when the infamous ’50SOFG’ was at its peak. The volume of kindle and tablets and similar reading devices were out in mass – subtle consumption of kink in public! Yes, you had to hand it to E-tech for that.

Nevertheless when it comes to reading material for young children there is no choice in my mind. The hands-on, up-close and personal feel to a book, to turning that page, to the physical proximity one needs when sharing a picture book or early reader can not be matched by a E-reading device. Having spent so many hours reading my children bed-time stories I know for sure that this is one of the top moments at a parent, to have nothing but the story itself and to bond over books and teach my child how to read – page by page line by line word by word – is pure magic.

Then there are cook books – all very well to source your recipe online but how do you keep your kindle clean and safe in the kitchen? Do you end up printing out the recipe using yet more paper or does your table’s battery die just when you need to know when to ‘remove for heat and add’? No, I’d far rather a hardcopy book at these times too – and how else can you mark on your recipe what worked or was adjusted or who you served the dish too at the last dinner party? Mmmm – food for thought indeed.

 

reading under the covers

Reader or Writer?

I love to read. I love all sorts of books. When I was a child I couldn’t stop reading. I read till it got me in trouble at school, made my mum crazy at night and I’d even drag my dad out of bed to read to me in the morning! Any opportunity and I would escape through books into an incredible world of adventure, fairytales or of other planets.

My favourite children’s books were many and varied. There was “Milly Molly Mandy”, “Dear Teddy Robinson” and of course anything that Enid Blyton wrote. My dad used to read me such wonders as “The Arabian Nights” as well as Greek myths and legends, Faber’s collection of poetry and Tolkien. I spent happy hours reading the “Narnia” series and to this day still love old fur coats and double check the back of old wardrobes! Then there were characters such as Nancy Drew, Adrian Mole and Tom Sawyer to name but a few.

books by the bed

 

What am I reading at the moment?

I always have a massive pile of books by my bed. I am currently half way through several books including: “A Long Walk to Freedom”, by Nelson Mandela, “Persuasion” by Jane Austin (for the umpteenth time) and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Johnathn Safran Foer.

I am committed to the 37 hour day – it will exist once upon a time, many moons ago, in a galaxy far, far away, way back into the future….. Here’s dreaming of you “TSHD”.

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Loves

family
outdoors
travel

Hates

bullies
rules
homework

Fears

heights
waves
routines

Obsessions

my dog
spray-wiping my kitchen bench
words

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Other Stuff

My daughters are great at giving me a reality check as well as being an endless source of information, inspiration and ideas for my writing.

I love animals! I have the best little dog in the world and the laziest cat in the world!  It’s just as well I love animals as caring for animals certainly requires dedication! I’ve fed frogs live flies, I have cleaned rabbit hutches in the freezing wind and rain; I’ve picked fleas off fur coats and buried a three week old budgie. My first pets were two little gerbils called Huff and Puff! My Auntie Jennie is a great animal lover and she has always had horses and dogs. Ever since I was little she has been such an influence and taught me so many things about animals’ personalities and their nature.

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FAQ

Favourite Author:
Classic: Jane Austen
Contemporary: Ian Banks
Children’s: Roald Dahl

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Music:

Classic: Tchaikovsky
Modern: The Beatles (Naturally)
Fave feel-good genre: Blue-Beat/Reggae

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Art:

Classic: Bottecelli
Modern: Australian: Anne Harari
International: Grayson Perry

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