Laura Sheldon, author of Sophie Finds A Fairy Door, talks to us about her latest book and about writing in general.
Congratulations on having your novel published. Tell us a little about the novel.
Thank you! The story is about Sophie; a little girl who finds a fairydoor in her room. She meets Bella, a fairy who takes her to the magical land behind the door.
Where did the idea/inspiration come from?
The idea for the adventure she has behind the door came from a child I was teaching telling me that ‘if you want to fix something then you have to read the manual’.
Unfortunately my school computer didn’t come with a manual but I decided that the tea-cup train in fairyland would.
Where and when do you write?
I write where and when I can in between teaching and being a mum. I have a gorgeous little summerhouse in my garden where I have spent many hours writing (or thinking of ideas if you catch me just outside in a deck chair with my eyes closed).
What are you working on now?
At the moment I am working on a novel for 7-9 year olds about a boy who suddenly finds that he has the power to make the world go slo-mo. It’s great fun to write, I hope it will be as much fun to read!
Desert Island books?
My desert island books… Now that’s a hard one, I’m never without a book on the go. I love reading YA and share this love with my wonderful Y6 book club. We’re reading Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (one of my favourite authors) at the moment and have just finished A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (impossible to read without crying). One of the books I have returned to again and again is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, a fairytale for grown ups, so it’s probably no great surprise that I have ended up writing fairy stories myself!
Does writing energise or exhaust you?
Writing when it’s going well is incredibly energising. I always want to read what I have written to my husband or children. But when it gets a bit sticky it wears me out and I never even contemplate writing after a full day of teaching followed by staff meetings and a pile of marking.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
If I could tell my younger writing self anything it would be to FINISH THINGS! I was a prolific starter of stories as a child and wish I’d had the discipline to see something through to the end, only then can it become a story.
Finally, where can we get your book?
My book is the first in the adventures through the fairy door series and will be in bookshops and online from March 16th. It’s available to preorder now from http://FireflyPress.co.uk . Thanks for inviting me to contribute to your blog. I’d love to hear from any readers.