Cherry lives in Somerset with her family and two cats. As a former lecturer she appreciates the importance and value of children’s literature. She has won several poetry competitions attributing the success to her wild and vivid imagination. The idea for Will’s War came about one day when she visited a ghost village evacuated in 1943 during WWII. She is never without a notepad and pen and a head full of ideas.
Five facts about the author:
- I love cats
- I love marmite
- I’m vegetarian
- I always start writing at the back of a notebook not the front (weird I know)
- My favourite colour is purple
How did you get into writing?
I loved to write poetry as a child, I liked the sound of rhyming words. as i got older I decided to write short stories for my children. That gave me the confidence to write a full length novel.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I was a real bookworm as a child, so it is really difficult to choose one favourite book. I loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also loved The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Where do you get your ideas from?
I start to think ‘What if?’ and then I think ‘What then?’ I got the idea for Will’s War from visiting museums and also a village that was abandoned during WW2.