Today I’m nattering with one of my oldest and dearest friends, award winning children’s’ author,Sharon Tregenza.
Hi Sharon, come into my parlour, said the spider … and all that!!
Hmm. I think it’s good to be here. (She is laughing, folks. Honest)
Yes, sorry about that. Just getting into the mood for chatting about children’s books. So, first question. (as if I haven’t already let the cat out of the bag), What kind of writing do you do?
I write for children – mostly mysteries with a touch of magic. I’m working on a Picture Book at the moment, though
Why did you choose to write in your particular genre.
I didn’t, really. It chose me. I was living in the Middle East and got to know a group of writers. Through them I met the editor of a children’s magazine and she asked me to submit some of my work. That grew into a regular stream of stories, articles and verse, all for children. I wrote several hundred pieces over the next twelve years. Great fun
What were you like at school? (Bet I can guess!!)
Small and giggly (Yep!!), oh and speedy. I held the school 100 yards record for years.
Were you good at English?
Yes. I won the English prize three years running. (Now, why doesn’t that surprise me! She is an award winning author after all) Hmm, this is starting to read like an ego fest. (Rubbish!!)Ask me a different type of question.
Okay. Who are some of your favourite authors?
- Louis Sacher
- Norton Juster
- Toni Morrison
- Daphne De Maurier
- John Steinbeck
- Terry Pratchett
- Margaret Attwood
- Thomas Hardy
- Oliver Jeffers
- Maurice Sendak — how long have you got? J (Sniff!! You seem to have missed someone out!)
So, where do you write and what is a typical writing day for you?
There isn’t a typical writing day. I wish there was. It depends on meals, muse and mood. I have frequently tried to follow a set routine, but it never lasts. Late, very late, at night is my favourite time to write though.
Where I write? I live in a lovely converted chapel and although I have a smart study – I mostly write on the dining room table beneath a huge arched window. (I can vouch for this lovely place – had many a great writing weekend there) Eh! Is this my interview or yours(She’s laughing again, so I’m okay)
Sorry. So, tell us, what process did you go through to get your book published?
My first book, ‘Tarantula Tide’ won the Kelpies prize and was immediately published by Floris Books as a result. Entering a competition is an exhilarating way to get published. It all happened very quickly. Exciting.
My next book ‘The Shiver Stone’ was published by Firefly Press.
Serious stuff now! What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on three books simultaneously. The picture book I mentioned and two Middle Grade mysteries. There are fires and secrets and magical peacocks and missing songbirds all mingled together in my head. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it’s just a big mess. J
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Hopefully I’ll have another book out later this year. I want to finish the three books I’m working on too and have plenty of fun with the process. I’m meeting someone from the Arts Centre this week to talk about giving a course on writing for children. I’ll also be involved with the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ for children in association with local libraries. That’ll be interesting. So I’ve got lots to look forward to.
And, from the sound of it, so have many children!
Look out for Sharon here.
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