I wanted to write for children. I wanted to write funny books for children. For children who were reluctant readers, for children who were facing problems, alone and unable to talk about them.
And so, I put pen to paper, and I haven’t stopped writing since. I can’t stop writing. It took me until I was in my forties to find my voice, to discover where my talents lay, to learn what I could do and what I could not. It took me to learn about myself – to learn who I was - before I was able to write.
So, I say to aspiring young authors: No, I never dreamed I would be an author. I never believed for a single moment I could be a writer. And yet, here I am. Believe in the unexpected. Life is full of extraordinary surprises and nobody is more surprised than I am.