Illustrator David Roberts discusses his work on the children's book, Tyrannosaurus Drip.
When I was five I wrote a lot of poems and wanted to be a poet, but later on I became stage-struck and planned a career in the theatre.
It just kind of happened – I used to sing in the streets to earn money, and that led to songwriting, which in turn led to book-writing. But I still enjoy performing as much as writing, and often put on shows based on my books and songs.
Climbing through a hole in a fence – into the unknown!
Games – I used to daydream and miss the ball.
Working for a London publisher. Officially I was a secretary; actually I edited half the manuscripts but was only allowed to meet the authors in the role of tea girl.
I have a little study, but I do lots of the writing in my head when I’m in the bath or out for a walk.
Anywhere and everywhere: things that happen to my children; memories of my own childhood; things people say; places I go to; old folk tales and fairy stories. The hard part for me is not getting the idea, it is turning it into a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Princess Mirror-Belle. There are 3 books about this naughty reflection who comes out of a mirror and claims that she is a princess with magical powers. (I used to tell my younger sister that I was a fairly in disguise.)
My husband reads everything I write when he gets home from work. We read it aloud to each other. He also acts characters in my stage shows and is a terrific support.
A night owl.
Cats, though I get fed up with my three when they sit on the space bar of my computer and I suddenly discover I have a 2,000-page-long document.
Out to the Scottish hills and lochs for a long walk.
The merry month of May.
Playing Spider Solitaire on the computer when I should be writing.
It’s a secret.