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Top Tips From Swapna Haddow

February 12, 2016

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Top tips from Swapna Haddow for children who are authors in the making...

We caught up with children's author, Swapna Haddow to get some top tips and little school secrets to help inspire young writers around the world.

What’s your top tip for budding young authors?
Write the stories you want to read.
 
What was your absolute favourite book as a child?
This is the hardest question because there were so many but if I had to choose one it would be The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I loved the rhyme, the characters, the illustrations; I must’ve read this book over and over at least a million times. It was also the first book I stole from the library because I loved it so much. (But you shouldn’t do that. Stealing is bad. Just borrow it lots and lots. Definitely DON’T STEAL.)
 
If you could live as a character from one of your books, who would you be and why?
I think I would quite like to be Tinkles the canary from next door. She has the most amazing headband and sparkly feathers and her cage has a Super Swing with five settings and a cup holder. Need I say more?
 
What book inspired you to start writing? 
As a child, I loved making up stories using pictures. I was inspired by books that had illustrations I could copy like the Meg and Mog books written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. As I got older I loved writing stories about detectives and was really inspired by the Nancy Drew series.
 
Did you spend most of your time in detention or getting gold stars at school?
Argh. I wish I could say it was gold stars all the way but it was a bit of both. My school reports always complained I talked too much or I daydreamed too often so there were a few detentions in my time. Sorry Mum.

If you had a super power what would it be and why? 
To make more time so I could have time to read all the books I want to. (And also a super-padded bottom so I could cycle without getting a sore bum. And maybe hovering, just because that seems like a good thing to do if you want to keep the white edges of your trainers clean.)

Swapna's debut children's book Dave Pigeon is published 7th April.

  • Dave Pigeon cover
    Dave Pigeon

    If you can read this, you obviously understand Pigeonese. If you're a cat and you've learnt Pigeonese... (HA HA HA! As if a cat would be smart enough to learn Pigeonese). This must mean if you are a cat and you are able to read this, you have taken a pigeon hostage so that you can trick them into translating the Pigeonese words into Meow.

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