Writing is a relatively new part of my life. When I go to schools and am introduced as an author it is still a bit of a surprise to me!
It was the birth of my daughter (in 2016) that changed everything. I had spent many years building up my career in accountancy, accumulating business qualifications and generally working hard in that one field.
Spending time with my little girl and reading hundreds of different children's stories really inspired me. My first book, Nana Duck, was published in 2017. It did well and I found that I enjoyed visiting schools and nurseries. There is nothing like reading your story and getting great reactions from a class full of eager little children.
Now, I'm having ideas all of the time. I'm so looking forward to bringing more stories into the world, to seeing my characters come to life through the talented illustrators that I work with, and inspiring more children in my local area and beyond.
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If you'd like to hear me interviewed on my local radio station you can do so on the Moorlands Radio website. We chat about Nana Duck, Rescue Me and writing in general.
As a self-published author, I have the great pleasure of working very closely with the illustrators of my books...
Sarah Croker - Nana Duck and forthcoming title, Felipe's Choice
Sarah is based near me in Stone and I knew of her work long before I had the idea for Nana Duck. When I was writing the story the illustrations I pictured were in Sarah's style so I was thrilled when she agreed to work with me and we made my first book together.
Since then we've become firm friends and Sarah worked on Rescue Me with Dave and I, in the role of book designer.
Sarah is also a wonderful portrait artist, capturing families in her fun style. You can see more of her work on her website.
We are just starting a new project together. Watch this space!
Dave McCleery - Rescue Me
As soon as I saw the first illustration of a dog that Dave did for me, I knew that he was the illustrator for this project.
In 2020 he successfully completed a degree in Illustration/Animation at UCA in Canterbury. As Dave explained, "I now combine my 'old school' methods with 'new school' technology to create my illustrations. I've been an artist for 40 years and the degree has taught me so much more. I was able to use this new knowledge on Rescue Me. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work creatively alongside Kathy."
You can see more of Dave's work on his website.