What inspired you to write Honey’s Hive?
What research did you do for the book and did you learn anything about bees that surprised you?
Which worker bee job do you think would best suit your skills?
What do you think is the most important lesson Honey learns?
Can you tell us anything about what happens next to Honey and her friends?
So, in book one Honey needs to find herself and her role in the hive. In book two I wanted to explore more environmental themes too. And themes of looking out for other people (not just your community). Now, Honey and her hive are thriving and growing but they are using up a lot of the natural resources that other native bee species normally use. Can Honey and her hive learn to share the precious resources with others, help the planet and each other. In book three Honey has to travel further than she’s ever gone and has to face her biggest fears.
Why did you choose to create books for this age group?
I LOVE writing for this age group. I love doing events for kids this age as well. They have a great sense of humour and they like lots of laughs in their books. They also really get into the fact finding in books and that’s a big thing for me. I go over the top in fun facts and it’s great when the kids can share their own fun bee facts with me.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
I like to write in my study at home but I don’t always sit at the desk. I have a sofa in there and I sometimes get my best writing done stretched out on the sofa with my laptop on half my lap and a snoozing cat sitting right behind it. I’m sure the cats add to my creativity. 😉 (As I’m typing this there is a cat sleeping on my legs. Shhhh.)
Which other illustrated chapter books for younger readers would you recommend our subscribers read next?
I would recommend the Sona Sharma series of books by Chitra Soundar (illustrated by Jen Khatun), the Major and Mynah series by Karen Owen (illustrated by Louise Farshaw) and the Big Sky Mountain series that is written and illustrated by Alex Milway. All three are funny, warm and have a strong girl at the heart of the story. I really like to stay with a character or characters throughout a series and I think lots of younger readers do as well. You get to know these characters and you want to see what they do next. It can feel like you’re visiting a friend when you are reading a book in a series that you love.
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