Tell us a little about your writing journey.
I’ve been writing for 30+ years and have made a full-time living, mostly as a children’s author, for the past decade. My husband, Bill Condon, is an award-winning YA author. I started writing when I was seconded from teaching onto a state-wide children’s magazine.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I love the lifestyle, not having a boss, being able to work from home, getting manuscripts accepted for publication.
What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?
Not having many people caring about the fact that I’m a writer, even relatives and friends not interested in reading my books.
Writers are sometimes influenced by things that happen in their own lives. Are you?
I draw a lot on life experiences and children I’ve known to create story.
Tell us about your publications?
I’ve published 120+ books mostly for young readers; this includes three YA novels and one picture book. The rest of my books are junior fiction and non-fiction. Latest books are A Game of Keeps, Nobody’s Boy and The Girl in the Basement.
What is the most surprising thing about writing/publishing you have learnt?
Most big publishers are inefficient and uncommunicative, smaller publishers are easiest to work with.
Top tip/s for writers.
Write every day, be in it for the long haul, be persistent, study markets, network.
Other than writing what else do you love?
My husband Bill, my home, reading
What would your dream location for writing be?
At home in front of my desk computer