My status as a children’s book enthusiast sometimes spills over to writing some books of my own.
My first book was published by Duckbill Books in 2013. It is an early chapter book, and when I wrote it for the Duckbill Writing Workshop, I had no idea that it would be a book or what an early chapter book even was. I was convinced it was all just a huge misunderstanding at best or a cruel cosmic prank at worst. Until the moment I held a copy of the book in my hands, that is, when much excitement and squealing ensued. For more information about the book, click here.
My second book was published by Puffin Books in 2014. The idea for this middle grade book came while watching an episode of The Simpsons of all things; and their dog, Santa’s Little Helper, in particular. It would have been written much faster had I not ended up watching so many Christmas movies in the name of research.
My third book was published by Puffin Books in 2016. I don’t read too many mystery stories as an adult (unless I stumble upon one in the children’s book sections, of course) so this book was my chance to use all the mystery lessons I’d apparently squirreled away while reading Enid Blyton as a kid. And my chance to turn all the things I’d learned upside-down, which is my favourite bit.
I’m still not entirely sure that my writing career isn’t a giant practical joke, and I’m not convinced that this feeling ever goes away. Do you ever get used to having your books out in the world without the slightest sense of disbelief?