Michaela Morgan

What books did you read when you were a child?
I read anything I could get my hands on. There were many Blytonesque adventures plus a lot of … all sorts of everything, a sprinkling of classics. Oh… and comics.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I think I might like to be Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

What is the best thing about reading?
Reading is remarkable. You can lose yourself in a book. You can find yourself in a book. You can pass the time, you can learn about other places, other people, other times and you can learn about yourself. You can relax and dream escape and experience – and all from the comfort of your chair, your bed or your bath.

What is your all time favourite book?
Actually, one my all time favourite books is one of my own! It’s called Night Flight. It’s a very short poetic novel.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talking…listening…taking time…relaxing, having fun and giving the child confidence and love.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Absolutely none at all. Hopefully other children will be luckier!

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I like to read Knock Knock Open the Door! to my grandchild Alice. It’s our favourite picture book. We also enjoy Dear Zoo.

Michaela Morgan’s latest title is Happy Birthday Sausage! (Bloomsbury) She has written about 200 books – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I spend a lot of time daydreaming. Daydreaming and wandering are very, very important elements of writing!

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