Mummy and Me Magazine August 2014 September 2014 - Page 35

Early Years As a Father, has it ever been challenging to have a good work and family balance? What would you say is your greatest achievement to date? I feel a bit like Spike Milligan when he was asked the same question. He said his greatest achievement was that he had reached the age of seventy (or was it eighty?) and was still friends with his children. I’m friends with my children and my wife – and together, we have an unusually large number of longstanding friendships. However, you may have spotted the weakness in this answer. I can’t really claim this as my achievement! It’s more down to the patience and tolerance of the aforementioned! On the work front, I think perhaps The Whisperer is my best book to date. I’m also quite pleased that this ‘old dog’ has been able to learn quite a few new tricks, during the production of the Q Pootle 5 animated series. What advice would you give any of our readers (big or small) who may be considering following in your footsteps and writing children’s books? To grown ups, I would say, it’s not easy to get a toehold these days. You have to really want it and not be put off by inevitable disappointments and rejection. To children, I would only say, don’t worry about making a living at it. Just keep on making up those stories. Keep on producing all those hundreds of pictures. Enjoy it. It’s a fair bet ѡ