Blossom Wood by Catherine Coe

Catherine Coe

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Q & A

Do you have a particular question about me, or you're just a bit nosy? (That's OK!) Here are my answers to some most-asked questions...

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Lowestoft, Suffolk – by the seaside!

Q: Where do you live now?

A: I moved to Stockholm in Sweden in 2016.

Q: What about in between?

A: When I was eighteen I moved to London to go to university. I loved it so much, I stayed in the city for seventeen years!

Q: So that makes you...?

A: Thirty-six. (It's OK – I don't mind you asking :-))

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

A: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (it's still one of my favourites today).

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I can't remember exactly when but I was probably about seven. One of the early books I wrote was all about a plane crashing onto an island. It was quite dark! I'm glad I write happier stories these days.

Q: Where do you get your love of books and storytelling from?

A: My mum and my grandad. My mum because she always read to me – I vividly remember reading Roald Dahl's stories together – Matilda being my favourite. My grandad because, when he was alive, he was always telling me stories – some true, some made-up. I wish I could remember them all now!

Q: Do you also illustrate your books?

A: No – I'm not the best artist! Andrew Farley illustrates the wonderful Owls of Blossom Wood covers and Renee Kurilla does the gorgeous inside illustrations.

Q: What was your dream job when you were a child?

A: A librarian – because I loved books and reading so much. My sister and I would play libraries for hours – stamping the insides of all of our books!

Q: What's your job now?

A: As well as being a children's author I am also an editor – which means I get to read books all day. I feel very lucky.

Q: Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to be a writer?

A: Read lots and write lots. Join your local library and ask the librarian for ideas of books you might like. In the holidays, try to write every day if you can!