How did you start as an illustration?
I have always loved illustrating and designing, at college I had intended on studying illustration but got side tracked by the animation department which seemed so creative and fun . So then I went to film school to study animation direction and worked in the animation industry making short films and stuff for tv. During that time, the most amazing job of being art director landed in my lap. It was for Tiger Aspects Cbeebies show “Charlie and Lola” based on the books of Lauren Child. After the first series I was desperate to do my own stuff again and got in touch with Lauren Childs agent and showed her all the books and stories I had made (for myself!) She got me some meetings at different publishing houses and from that point on, I have been lucky and have published lots of books.
What fascinates you most about writing and illustrating for children?
I don’t overtly try and write and illustrate for children… I just do what is natural to me and what I like or find interesting. I suppose some might say that I have never really grown up, in the respect that I love dreaming, and seeing the magic and fun in everything. Most people lose a bit of that and perceive it as being not relevant and childish. I think there is a big difference between being childish and childlike. All children are naturally inquisitive and open to new ideas- I think that those are wonderful qualities and a great shame most lose this as they journey through life. I like to create characters and narratives that are familiar, but to inject absurdity and things out of context to create interesting discord that can be enjoyed, and then thought about.