I grew up in London, close to Richmond Park – a beautiful deer park big enough to get lost in, where I got to know lots of the animal characters who have since popped up in my stories. I now live in Warwickshire with my husband, two children, and a pond full of friendly frogs and elusive newts.
I have always loved writing poetry - my mum, aunt and granny all wrote ridiculous poems to commemorate family events, so I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a tendency to think in rhyme. I enjoy the sound and rhythm of words, and the first things I published were poems.
I have also always been a bookworm and when I had children I started writing stories for picture books. When my children were young, they gave me lots of ideas - Fred and the Little Egg was written when one of them had a phase of “hatching” anything remotely egg-shaped. Rosie’s Special Surprise began with a bouncy rhythm, and Mule School started with the idea of a school where it was good to be disobedient.
I love the natural world and being in the garden, and also get ideas from wandering around outside looking at things (birds, butterflies, bunnies) and looking for things (I still haven’t found a dragon).