Child wearing Esther sheep top

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I like both busy places and the countryside. I don’t mind that my hair is going grey but hope my earlobes have stopped growing!

I’ve taught in school and museum education and ran Forest School. I love experimental history and archaeology, and get ridiculously excited about poo and bones for the information they hold. I like traditional crafts such as woodcarving and rope making.

My pets have included a crazy hen (there’s definitely a story to write about her!) and a rescued racing pigeon. I truly did have a pet that’s featured in my book Crazy Pets & Secrets Revealed – he was a great window cleaner.

Deer are among my favourite wild animals and watching them inspired my picture book Fin and the Red Deer. My favourite farm animals are sheep and I loved giving sheep Esther a mischievous character in my picture book Who Did This.

My idea of a good time includes spending time with family, and friends including woolly ones (sheep), bird watching, cinema and drawing cartoons.

I can be serious, or silly much to my husband and twin daughters’ dismay. I imagine my brain as cooked spaghetti as ideas pop into my head and slide around in no particular order.

I love seeing children wearing my character tops - in the photo above, Esther sheep is being worn for a school spring theme day.

My motto for life is: I try, I try. I can, I can.