I grew up with a love of reading thanks to my mother who declared ‘you are never lonely when you have a book to read’.
I had my first library card at age two and developed a vivid imagination and a delight in storytelling.
My favourite books during childhood were the adventure stories of Enid Blyton – The Secret Seven and Famous Five series – and later the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.
As a primary school teacher I used storytelling and drama as the base for my classroom practice, creating stories and plays through which my students were encouraged to develop deeper understanding and knowledge of curriculum concepts. During thirty years in the classroom I noticed the struggle many children have in making the transition from picture books to chapter books. They find it difficult to move from having pictures providing the cues and connections to the text to having to create the pictures in their minds in order to connect to the text. They become frustrated with the many pages of the traditional novel and often lose interest in reading.
We cannot afford to have children losing interest in reading. it is such a vital skill. My stories are short, adventure/mysteries that get the story told quickly using age appropriate vocabulary. The children are able to read a complete novel in a relatively short time.
Now retired from classroom teaching, I have more time for two of my favourite things; writing mysteries for young readers and travelling.