This week we caught up with Emma Furse, who's on a mission to make Makaton more mainstream. Emma has published with us more than once, so it's high time we learned a little more about her, her inspirations and her children's book series.
Tell us a bit about you...
I am a passionate and driven person who likes to help others.
What first inspired you to start writing?
Not so much what, but who. I was inspired by a little boy that I knew who communicated through sign. I was so blown away by how excited he was and how much he became involved with a story when it was read aloud accompanied by sign.
It was then that I realised that my mission is for all children to be able to have the same opportunity and experience.
What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?
I choose Rowanvale because they generally appeared to be interested in my mission and me as a person.
By having books that feature sign published will allow more children to be able to access them.
When you're not writing what are you reading?
I love reading! I like to read from many different genres with a keen interest in thrillers and romance.
What work are you most proud of?
When children/young people and their families work with myself and others to make a positive difference to their lives.
What's your best advice for handling writer's block?
Revisiting what first inspired you to write. Sometimes by going back to where it all began can trigger your creative flow.
What's one thing you always have with you when you're writing?
A hot chocolate and biscuits for dunking.
What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?
This is a hard one. However, the first book that came to my mind was Dan Brown's, Inferno. My husband and I read this book at the same time and we could not stop talking about it for along time afterwards.
What's the best part of being an independently published author?
The feeling of self-accomplishment.
What's next for you?
Completing the Where is...? Collection. Where is Mummy? is the third instalment which will soon be published, following on from Where is Daddy? and Where is Pig?