Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked lots of questions about my early life and my family. Go to the 'About Libby' page section and you'll find answers to questions like these: Where were you born? Where do you live? Have you got any children?

Where do you get your ideas from?

Ideas come from everywhere - things you see, things people tell you, memories of your own childhood, feelings. Occasionally an idea will come from nowhere and that's really exciting!

Which is your favourite book?

This is like asking which child you love the most - you love all of them. Each book is special for different reasons.

Who is your favourite author?

I have lots of writers I enjoy reading. At the moment - Toni Morrison, an American writer for adults. Special writers for children include Gillian Cross and Ann Fine.

Do you have any pets?

We used to have a cat called Cous Cous. We used to have rabbits called Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Blossom and we've had fish and mice and birds - but they've all died and are buried in the garden.

Which do you prefer writing - picture books or novels?

I like writing both. When I've finished a long novel I don't like to write another one straight away so I often write picture books or short stories. They are hard to do but it's a different kind of thinking.

What hobbies do you have?

Reading, walking, watching films and plays, doing things with my family.

What advice do you give young writers?

Write, write, write and read, read, read!

To write well you need to think about who the audience is and what you want them to think and feel from your writing. How can you achieve this? Try to write every day.