Questions that readers often ask me
What's your favourite colour?
All kinds of green and most kinds of purple.
If you were an animal what would you be?
I'd like to be a tiger but a 'friend' told me that I look more like a chihuahua.
What are your favourite books for children?
Tom's Midnight Garden, Phlippa Pearce
Coram Boy, Jamila Gavin
Krindlekrax, Philip Ridley
Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo
Artichoke Hearts, Sita Brahmachari
Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
I, Coriander, Sally Gardner
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel Pitcher
...and many, many others.
What are some of your favourite films?
Son of Frankenstein, 1939
An American in Paris, 1951
The Belles of St. Trinian's, 1954
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1963
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, 1968
Mrs Doubtfire, 1993
Billy Elliot, 2000
The Artist, 2011
...I LOVE watching films.
If you weren't an author what would you be?
In my dreams I'd be a sculptor and make HUGE pieces of art out of junk material, or a TV presenter making shows about walking in windswept landscapes.
When did you start writing?
In year four. Miss Fox put me in the corner for talking too much and told me to do some handwriting. I realised that I liked sitting on my own, concentrating and writing with a fountain pen. I didn't start making up my own stories until years later.