Books vs Scenery

The thrill of seeing a child reading one of my books never gets old. Thank you to Sally for sending in this great picture of her son reading The Phoenix Code in a very comfortable looking hammock on holiday in Devon earlier in the summer.

It's especially rewarding when they are so busy reading that even the most spectacular of scenery goes unnoticed. My thanks to Richard for sending me this delightful picture of his granddaughter Cecily reading Adventure Island in Italy.

These pictures reminded me that one of my favourite memories of my sons is the two of them, aged seven and ten, totally ignoring a magical 4th July firework display over Waikiki Bay in favour of Little House on the Prairie and Erin Hunter's Warrior Cats.

It was around about that time that I decided I wanted to write for children . . .