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Joan has the longest neck of any giraffe you will ever see!  She lives in a big city zoo and is always getting her head stuck in places it shouldn’t be.

What will the zookeepers do to help Joan and find her somewhere safe to live?

Who inspires you? 

The inspiration for this book definitely came from my young grandchildren. 

I had a light-bulb moment in the middle of the night – Joan was born!


How many books have you published? This is the very first and I am very excited.


When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer? In retirement looking for an avenue to express creativeness


How long does it take you to write a book?  6 months (on and off)


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Hopefully is the ability to make the characters come to life!


How did you find the publishing process? Not sure yet - The journey has only just begun.!


Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?  Sleepless nights and an overactive imagination.


When did you write your first book and how old were you? 60


What do you like to do when you're not writing? Golf, home decorating.


What does your family think of your writing?  They love it – and my friends with young children have all given the book a big thumbs up.  It has become a favourite children's book.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How much I loved doing it, and keenness to keep going and write a second book.


How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?  My first book so my favourite.!


Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?  I’m a novice – so I am actually looking for suggestions from others.  I'm keen to investigate other stories and maybe create a series.


Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?  All the children that have read Joan love it and say its their favourite book.


Do you like to create books for adults/kids/cause? Why?  Kids – brings out the creative and you can think silly!


What do you think makes a good story?  Passion for what you are doing, a great idea born from overthinking!


As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?  Too long ago to remember!


What are your plans for your future book/s?  More Joan adventures and maybe a new story about a Wombat family.


What tips would you share with other new writers about your learning?  Be ready for knock backs!



What were your inspirations? Joan came to be in the middle of the night – it was actually quite strange.  The whole story unfolded easily – and I just had to get the words onto paper and then fiddle with the details.  My illustrator Lacey – bought Joan to life and I remember the first time I saw her drawing of Joan, I shed a little tear.



How you decided on the characters in the book would be an interesting concept to describe for us please?   Once again – Joan was a bit of an epiphany……she woke me up in the middle of the night and revealed the whole story to me.



What drew you to the subject matter or the characters? Wanting to write a children's book.



What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?  Describing what was in my head and getting the feeling of what I was thinking on paper.



Include any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book:   Finding my wonderful illustrator (Lacey), she  brought Joan to life – everything I thought Joan would be materialised in Lacey’s drawings.


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Publicity Manager
Shawline Publishing Group