|Attention to detail is so important - note how I've themed my outfit to match the stage curtains!
It was great fun and really interesting to see people from so many different walks of life all so enthusiastic about their chosen careers - doctors, opticians, photographers, hairdressers, police officers, paramedics, engineers, florists. librarians . . . the pupils were really spoilt for choice!
Thank you to all the students who came and chatted and asked interesting questions and told me all about their dreams and goals. Good luck to all of you, whatever career you decide to pursue.
Best things about being an author?
- You get to make up stories all day (I could just stop there!)
- You can spend the whole day in your pyjamas and frighten the postman!
- You get to meet lots of amazing kids on school visits.
- You get to share the book love.
- Sometimes readers say things like "I really like your books!" and it makes you happy all day
- You can eat biscuits all day
- You work with editors and agents and illustrators and publicity people and librarians and they are all lovely
- Buttons popping off your clothes due to all the biscuit-scoffing is a real and present danger
- You get biscuit crumbs in your pyjamas
- Sometimes you don't talk to anyone except imaginary people for days on end and you don't even notice
- Your children eat a lot of burnt food and wear odd socks
- Sometimes the stories fight back
- Now and then you get caught out staring at strangers because the shape of their ears or the way they hold their pen would be perfect for one of your characters . . .
On the up side, there is nothing more rewarding than writing a book; harnessing sparks of imagination and working on your story it until it as good as you can make it. Writing also makes life richer; for a writer no experience is ever wasted; the tedious, the absurd, the terrifying, the downright rock-bottom awful will all be filed away to find their way into a story one day.