Cathy Cassidy, the Young Adult and children’s author, kindly agreed to answer some of my questions. Here are her responses:
What were some of your favourite books when you were a child?
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis; Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Which of your books was the most difficult to write? Why?
The first (Dizzy) – because it took decades to crack the knack of writing a full-length book.
Which of your characters is most like you?
Miss Quinn, the art teacher from Driftwood, according to my friends! I am most like the quieter / shy / dreamy characters I guess.
How do you write your books? Do you plot and plan in detail, or do you develop an idea as you are writing?
I daydream, using an idea or inspiration as a starting point, and if I am lucky a story unravels. I don’t plot on paper – for me, this kills the story dead!
Where do you write your books?
I have a Macbook Air laptop so I might write in my writing shed, in the garden, or at the kitchen table!
Why do enjoy writing for children?
I get to see life through the eyes of my characters and share their adventures; I get paid to daydream; and I’m doing a job I love!
What advice would you give to young writers t0 help them to improve their stories?
My top tips for writers are on the Writer’s Workshop page on my website (see below), but most important of all is to believe in yourself – and WRITE!