Have you always wanted to be an author?
Not really, I never really thought I would ever publish a book. Every now and then I’d dream about being a writer; spending my days in cosy coffee shops planning my next chick lit book – but I never even imagined writing books for children. I don’t know why, because now that I’ve written them I feel like it was the perfect thing for me to do.
Where did you find your inspiration?
The idea behind Mindful Millie came after a very long struggle with anxiety and depression. I spent over half of my life very unwell, every day was a battle to stay alive. I had quite a bad breakdown and it was after that I found a self-help book on Mindfulness and it changed my life. Suddenly I could cope, I could get through the day, avoid panic attacks and felt well enough to eat and even leave the house. After a couple of months practice I even started a voluntary administration job which I never thought I would be brave enough to do. It was then that Millie popped into my mind and I was determined to publish the book and to help children to learn these skills and spread awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health. Not long after Sad Simon was also published! I hope that if children are equipped with these skills and feel able to discuss feelings and emotions they will never end up in the state that I did.
Well, I’m spending time with my baby for the time being, but that doesn’t put my imagination on hold. I’ve already written the next one and I’m planning with the illustrator now, so Anxious Arthur will be along soon!
You can find my books here…