I was born a twin right in the middle of a family of 6 and grew up in a town North of Liverpool. Me and my youngest sister used to spend hours in our bedroom making stuff with plasticine and scraps of material and anything else we could get our grubby little hands on. All six of us, in fact, would be creating something in some form or another, be it a painting, music or just mess. There was plenty of that in our house.
My mum used to draw us when we weren’t watching. She was always drawing, painting or throwing clay pots in the shed. Dad built her a potter’s wheel and we all used to have a go. More mess. She also used to vanish up to the attic to paint, escaping the chaos below. I can’t say I blame her.
I spend a lot of time in my own attic now doing exactly what I used to as a little girl – mostly making a mess and playing my records too loud.
'Audrey the Amazing Inventor' is based on my daughter Sophie who’s hair I could never get a comb through. Audrey scours the neighbourhood collecting cast-offs to haul home and re-fashion into something useful. I remember my older brother making a robot from one of those old-fashioned upright vacuum cleaners and scaring the living daylights out of us when he switched it on and it started moving.
'Johnnie Pyjamas' is inspired by my mums family, the Pyes, who were a characterful bunch who lived in Liverpool in the 1920’s. Johnnie is convinced that he's a super-hero but his little sister Mabel thinks otherwise.
I graduated from John Moores University with a degree in Illustration and went straight into teaching to earn a crust. Now that my three children have grown huge and flown the nest, I have thrown myself full pelt into making my stories with influences from the books I used to read to them when they were small – the likes of Shirley Hughes, Mini Grey, John Burningham, Edward Ardizonne and David Lucas. Oh and not forgetting Satoshi Kitamura, Shaun Tan and Lauren Child. There are far too many to fit in here.
Anyway, stay and have a look around and if you want to get in touch, just drop me a line via my contact page. See you soon.