Writers' Club

Vicky Brotherton

Introducing Vicky Brotherton, teacher, mother and children's book author. This week we chat with Vicky about what makes a good children's book and discover where her inspiration comes from...

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Victoria (aka Vicky). I’m a mum to 2 little boys, a primary school teacher and a children’s author.

What first inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved reading books and I remember writing short stories as a child, my imagination would run wild! It wasn’t until I started teaching and had children of my own that I was inspired to write my own books. I love the work of Julia Donaldson and the rhythm and rhyme in her books.

My passion lies with developing imagination, which I believe can open the door to a world of possibilities. I think it is so important for children to love books.

What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?

I really wanted to work with Rowanvale because they are a local publisher which was important to me and they came highly recommended. We worked really well together and I enjoyed bouncing ideas back and forth with them. They are very punctual and have always helped me as much as they could.

I wanted to publish my work to inspire others particularly children to write and share my love of working with others.

When you’re not writing, what are you reading?

When I’m not writing I love reading any genre but am currently enjoying Psychological thrillers, having just finished The Silent Patient. Very different from children’s books!

Which work are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my recent book Snoring’s Boring. I love the rhythm of the book and the illustrations are just fantastic, they really bring the book to life. As well as bringing adventure and fun, I hope parents can relate to the difficulties parenting brings.

What’s your best advice for handling writer's block?

Whenever I have writer's block, I have to step away and do something very different. I usually find then that the next lines of the book come naturally when I’m not thinking about it, like in the shower!

What’s one thing you always have with you when you’re writing?

I always have my special book with me when I’m writing, it has all my ideas and scribbles in it. I’ll need a new one soon!

What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?

If I was stuck on a desert island I would take a notebook with me and write down everything that happens each day in it. Surely I would have some great ideas for stories or at the very least people could read my adventures.

What is the best part about being an independently published author?

The best part about being an independent author is the creative freedom is allows and so seeing what you envisaged for so long, on paper! Also, because I have a busy lifestyle I can publish on my schedule. Being a parent and a teacher takes up a lot of time so I have to fit writing and marketing in whenever I can.

What’s next for you?

I’ve nearly finished another book about an unlikely friendship between a seagull and a puffin. I have so many great ideas for stories all inspired by my children and our time in lockdown!