Hello, I'm Michelle Robinson and I write books for children.
What am I doing right now?
Writing, daydreaming, visiting a school, cooking, vacuuming, pootling about my hip-hop-happenin' home town of Frome or - if it's a Majorly Cool Author Day - hanging out with famous writers and illustrators. I'll be the one dressed as a sausage.
Growing up (kind of).
I've dreamed of being an author since I was five. Before I learned to write, I'd fill whole notepads with squiggly lines that looked a bit like joined-up writing. I grew up in a working class household, and was the first person in my whole, very big family to go to university. I managed to get my degree thanks to a local authority grant, multiple student loans and by keeping up a part time job while studying. I have a very strong work ethic! I started writing books for children in my spare hours outside work, every day, early in the morning and late at night. My first real book came out in 2012. I couldn't quite believe it. Thirty-something books later, I'm still working all the hours I can, in between being mum and all that other grown up stuff.
As Enid Blyton once said,
I'm seriously silly!
I love writing stories that make me laugh. Funny books cheer us up when we're sad or worried - it does us all good to smile. So,
BRING ON THE CROSS-DRESSING MARTIANS!
One of my books went to space.
I like to mention this a lot. Wouldn't you? Having your book read to planet Earth from the International Space Station is a pretty big deal. Nick East is the same - he illustrated the book and he never shuts up about it. He's all. 'Did you know one of my books went to space with ESA astronaut Tim Peake?' Put a sock in it, Nick. For the record, the book we're always banging on about is called 'Goodnight Spaceman' - hey, did I tell you it went to space?
My writing tips for young authors
PSST! There are more in-depth tips on my RESOURCES page, plus loads of colouring and activity sheets as well as audio games you can play at home or at school.