Not only is she responsible for introducing me to pistachio and almond cookies, she also deserves the credit for making our new book, Tooth Fairy in Training, so beautiful. Briony's work is beguiling and Walker Books have really done it justice. The hardback is stunning - it even has an iridescent cover that really SPARKLES!
How the story started.
I'm often asked where I get my ideas. Most often the honest answer is I don't know. But on this occasion I do, so I thought I'd tell you about it.
My kids both ask for 'a mummy made-up' every night. To translate: that's a flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, fully ad-libbed story about whatever topic they request. A few years back, that topic was the Tooth Fairy. Every night. For weeks.
The kids wanted to know a lot. Where does she live? What if we stayed awake and saw her? Why does she need teeth? What about our pet kittens' teeth?
'Mummy made-ups' aren't generally worthy of publication. Heck, most are barely worth a listen. But after night after night of mediocre 'made-ups', I hit upon an idea that really worked.