What books did you read when you were a child?
Lots! I was a voracious reader. Lord of the Rings many times, lots of sci-fi, lots of classics too, like To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World. I also read trash like The Survivalist series.
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Beorn, the shape shifter in Lord of the Rings who can turn into a bear.
What is the best thing about reading? Being exposed to new ideas, new possibilities, new ways of looking at the world.
What is your all-time favourite book?
Lord of the Rings.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Really listen, without judgment, to what their children are saying, verbally and through body language.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
I started writing short stories and poems when I was 6 or 7 years old and they were very supportive. They also paid for my ever growing library of books!
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
By surrounding them with books and reading books together from an early age. Although, to be honest, it is their mother more than I who does that!
Ambrose Merrell’s book, The Sword That Saves is out now. It tells the story of a young boy who travels back to 16th century Japan where he is taught by a master martial arts teacher.
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