Like a lot of mothers I used to make up stories to entertain my daughter and her friends. They loved them but of course that was because they were all in them.
WRITING CHILDREN’S STORIES
Writing children’s stories was never an ambition of mine – until one day I was listening to the radio and heard a reading of a children’s story. To be honest I thought it was awful. It sounded like an adult story that had been adapted slightly for children by adding a heavy load of ‘meaning and learning’ which made the story dull and lifeless.
I found myself thinking that surely I could do better so I gave it a go and that very first story was published in an Irish magazine.
There’s nothing like a little bit of success to inspire and soon I was writing more children’s stories and thoroughly enjoying the process. After writing within the tight constraints of television and film the freedom suited me and I loved letting my imagination fly.
WRITING CHILDREN’S STORIES FOR RADIO
Soon I was writing regularly for a children’s radio series on Ireland’s RTE One. I aimed at writing fun, contemporary, realistic stories which explored themes relevant to today’s children.
I like to place real children from real families in my stories and I wanted to deal with family conflict and problems in a natural way that children and their parents can recognize. But, most of all I wanted to encourage children to read and to get children reading, stories also have to be fun and entertaining
Recently I have been adapting my stories and many are now published.
The stories are now available on Amazon and you can click below for more details.
The first story I published is called ‘Football Mad.’ and this was the very first of my stories to hit best seller category on Amazon.