Teresa HeapyI write picture books and longer stories for children.  I also write non-fiction books for children, too.    

The best part of my job is making things up…following an idea and seeing where it leads me!

How did you become a writer?

I used to be a commissioning editor at Oxford University Press, which means I asked lots of authors to write books and then worked with them on their stories.  I eventually realized that I really wanted to write books myself! So I left, and started writing books at our kitchen table. Or in cafés. Or in the garden. Just about anywhere, really!

Where do you live?

I grew up in Oxford, and I still live there with my husband, three children and two gerbils. (I did mean to leave Oxford at some point, honest – I lived in Hull and Leeds for a bit!)

What other jobs have you done?

I have done lots of other jobs including being a secretary, a stage manager and selling posters. I still edit books at home, which is great as it means I get to talk to lots of lovely authors.

What else do you do?

I do bits of acting, singing and comedy improvisation. And I’m learning to play the ukulele. Very slowly.

What do you like?

I love making cakes, running, gardening and going to the theatre. And drinking hot chocolate. Even in summer.    

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