Anna Wilson

What books did you read when you were a child?
Too many to mention! I devoured books – still do! My favourite authors were Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis, Joan Aiken, Helen Cresswell and Alan Garner.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Lucy in the Narnia books or Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What is the best thing about reading?
Escaping to another world and meeting people and doing things that I could never do as myself in this life.

What is your all-time favourite book?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talk and sing to them. As a child I spent car journeys singing along with my parents. I did the same with my kids. They are now teens but we still enjoy singing in the car!

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
I never showed them my writing, but they encouraged my writing by reading to me and taking me to the library. Being a reader is what made me a writer.

How do you encourage your children to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I always read to my kids – from when they were babies until they were 12, bedtime stories were a chance to unwind at the end of the day. Now they are 16 and 18 and are avid readers. I have storytime with my niece and nephew these days!

Anna has had over 35 books published for children. Some have been chosen for World Book Day, the Richard and Judy Book Club and the Summer Reading Challenge and she has also been shortlisted for the Hull and Lancashire Libraries Awards. Her latest book is Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire which will be published by Stripes in September 2017. As well as writing, she gives talks, runs writing workshops in schools and lectures at Bath Spa University on the BA and MA creative writing courses.

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