“It really energises me, the joy on a child’s face when they read my stories is magical.” —Sally TearsTweet
What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?
My name is Sally Tears, I live near the Lake District in The UK, I teach Drama and poetry for those wishing to take LAMDA exams to promote confidence in children and adults, I love walking with my dog ( Irish Terrier along the beautiful River Eden)
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It really energises me, the joy on a child’s face when they read my stories is magical
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Never, I’m proud of who I am.
How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?
I had an incredible illustrator who did it for me so it was seamless.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
All my characters are animals so my driving force was my nephews and son who pestered for more and more stories.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I have read my reviews and I have been very lucky so far, however I hope that I would learn from negative reviews, I’m not a “precious” person so as long as it is constructive I’m sure it will be OK.
What inspires you to write?
Sharing good things.
How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?
I particularly hope that Dads will also find them easy to read with their children as I know that they often find the outlandish children’s stories hard to read out loud. I wanted to write stories that are perhaps old fashioned but comforting so that the children can happily close their eyes and sleep.
What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?
The one with the squirrels in the trouble with Bs and Ds. I could see it clearly in my head but getting it down wasn’t that simple.
Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?
Because they are timeless stories that can be handed down the generations.
Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I want to build a body of children’s stories that are positive in the messages they send about communication and asking for help.
What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?
Not thinking about the audience and pleasing just the writer.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?