I am an author, illustrator, artist and teacher.
The arts had always been a big part of my early life, but it took a bit of a back seat to my education and work and working in education. However, when I left full time teaching to have my two children, I started sketching and writing again.
I used to live in Hampshire, close to the wonderful real life Rabbitswood Fairy Houses, which inspired me to write. Whenever my children were napping, instead of spending the WHOLE/any time 😉 doing housework, I sketched and painted the little local fairy houses and then wrote a rhyme to go with them to read to my children and this is how The Rabbitswood Fairies Series began. Since then, inspired by my wonderful little girls, I have started to write other books that don’t contain fairies (starting with What Is A Plooksie?).
Before the publication of Diary Of A Fairy Tracker (buy it now on Amazon), I would have described myself as a teacher by profession. I have taught in primary and secondary schools and been Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Child Protection Officer and all the other jobs that go alongside those roles. So I guess that ‘teacher hat’ is pretty firmly glued onto my head after all this time and I can’t help considering the educational opportunities to be found in my books. If you do work in education and use them with your children, I would love to hear what you have done.