I am from a large North London family. My mother was one of seven and my father was one of eight. There are children and cousins everywhere! Furthermore, I have always worked with children, as a teacher, headteacher and now education consultant and inspector. I have never lived far from my roots. Always I have been in places to the north and west of London and currently I am in a Hertfordshire town. My grandfather was once known as the "Tailor-Poet." This described his trade and recognised the publication of a little volume known as Kenwood Poems, written in and around the grounds of the famous Kenwood House at Highgate. I suppose that knowing this has always made me want to write things down. The Jimmy James stories are no exception. These tales have been knocking around in various formats for ages. They are a part of my life. Then I came across Grafton, where I was encouraged to produce them. The Reception staff read them to the children who liked them a lot but wanted to see some pictures.
I had already known Chloe-Leigh for two years at least by this time. She lived not far away with her parents and sister. She was the catalyst, the one whose first inclination is to be helpful. "I'll do some pictures," she agreed and now we have OUR book.