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Guest Author - Judi Curtin

What inspired your ‘Alice and Megan’ series of books?
My first idea was to write about best friends. The story of them being separated came from my own past, as my family moved around a lot when I was young.


Is it difficult to think of new ideas when writing a series, or does having established characters make it easier?
Alice and Megan are very real to me, and I’ve never had a problem coming up with storylines for them. I like sending them off on adventures.


Do you have a special place you write or a writing routine?
I write in a corner of my kitchen/living room. I usually write in the mornings, but I don’t have a strict routine, and am easily distracted.


You have published stories for both adults and children – do you prefer writing for a younger audience?
That’s a difficult question. I love writing about children, and my young audience tends to be very sweet and appreciative.  All my children’s books are narrated by children though, so I have to limit myself to language they would use. Writing for adults frees me from that.


Do you have a favourite character from your stories? Why are they your favourite?
No, I can’t pick a favourite character. Even the evil ones are great fun to write.


Being a writer was a childhood dream for you, how did it become reality?
I didn’t write seriously until I was in my thirties, and there were a lot of speed-bumps on my way to being published. In the end it was a combination of determination and good luck.


What was your favourite book(s) as a child?
I loved everything by Enid Blyton and also the Narnia books by CS Lewis.


What are your literary ambitions?
How long have you got?? I have already achieved more than I could have dreamed of when I was a child, but human nature seems to make us always want more. I have a wide readership in Ireland, but would love to be read by more children in the UK, (and America, in my wildest dreams).

In general, I would like if there could be more recognition of books that children like to read. Enid Blyton has always been criticised by the establishment, even though she is one of the world’s most popular authors. Many prizewinning books are great, but only accessible to very bright, dedicated readers.


Do you have any advice or top tips for budding young writers?
Just two - read a lot and keep a diary.


Where can fans find out more about you and your work?

Am struggling to keep up with the fast-moving world of social media. Just when I think I have everything sorted, something new comes along!

For now, there’s:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/judi.curtin.9

Website – www.judicurtin.com

Twitter - https://twitter.com/judi_curtin

And the blog I contribute to - http://girlsheartbooks.com