Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in London, my family were in show business. One of my earliest memories, is sitting on the podium as a toddler looking up at my father who was conducting a seventy piece orchestra for the BBC. So really I never had a choice about being creative it's in my DNA. I have written five books and the script and music for three Broadway-style shows.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Muffy and the Dog Catcher, it was inspired by the antics of some of my own dogs and the desire to have children view their pets as more than just "dumb" animals
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Being from Britain I can't write without a cup of tea by my side, in fact a bottomless tea pit works better. My daughter runs and hides in case she has to make the tea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I think C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll have written brilliant books for children. As a child growing up I read Jane Austen and the Brontes of course, now I like a good Robert Ludlum, sorry.
What are you working on now?
The Efficiency Claus: An Improbable Christmas Tale, and Devin and the Dreamstealers, a young adult sci-fi fantasy. As well as the above the second book in the Muffy series is releasing this month.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My Book Place and Awesome Gang as well as the usual social websites.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Birds fly, writers write. Write every day and don't judge it. Something good always comes out of it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always stay positive, reach for the best version of yourself as much as you can. Keep your sense of humor. Keep calm and always drink tea.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a good detective novel by a British author, Elizabeth George.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Lot's of proof-reading, I am in comma-geddon, at the moment, it makes me want to say I'm-a-geddon out of here.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That's a hard question because I love reading all different styles. Mmmm… I might have to say Jane Eyre because reading it as a child, it had a profound effect on me.
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