Sarah Crabtree has been writing on and off for over twenty years with varying success. She had a novel longlisted in a fantasy competition a number of years ago. Real life got in the way of any literary dreams, but recently she seems to have got her writing mojo back. She has released a picture book, The Lion and the Magic Storyteller.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: I remember an aunt passing on a copy of Grimm’s fairy tales and I was petrified yet fascinated also. I wrote a picture book story for my children entitled The Other Yellow Dinosaur, which I am hoping to publish soon.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
A: My grandmother used to say that if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: You mean apart from the dictionary?! I love Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow. I must have read it three times over the past twenty years, and yet I still discover something new in it.
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: Many people have inspired me. However, it was my grandmother who passed on a love for reading, and I think consequently my desire to write.
Charlie’s Toy Museum was built on an old bombsite and had been open almost twenty-four-seven ever since 1953. Charlie Walsh and his beloved but sadly late wife, Mu, loved kids so much that they had seven of their own. When their seven had wed and increased to twenty-seven, and the twenty-seven also wed, Charlie began …