What books did you read when you were a child?
I read every book I could get my hands on but firm favourites were books by Enid Blyton, C.S. Lewis, and Lewis Carroll. I liked stories about the sea, magic, snow and other worlds.
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. She’s quirky and different and not afraid to be herself.
What is the best thing about reading?
It’s like living lots of different lives. There’s something so magical about being able to see the world, or worlds, through someone else’s viewpoint.
What is your all time favourite book?
Just one? I can’t! I have hundreds!
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Discuss things with children. Notice things with them. Listen to them. Remember the wonder.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Huge. They have always been big readers so it was a natural thing for me to have a book to hand at all times. Reading led to imagination, imagination led to writing.
How do you encourage your children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I read with my niece and we take it in turns to read out loud. We really invest time and energy in bringing the pages to life with our voices. We laugh lots. We stop and discuss things lots.
Eloise was born in Cardiff and grew up in Llantrisant. She now lives in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog Watson Jones and collects sea glass with her artist husband, Guy Manning.
She worked in the theatre in various odd jobs before going on to study Drama at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Guildford School of Acting. After working for over ten years as an actor, she decided to change path a little and take a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University.
Her first book Elen’s Island was published in 2015 and was Highly Commended in the Tir na nOg awards.
Her second novel Gaslight, a Victorian Middle Grade thriller, was published in April 2017.
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