Hello! I'm Michelle Robinson and I write funny books for children.
I've written over 40 books so far and I just keep going. I love to perform my stories, sometimes dressed as my characters. In 2020 I won the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards alongside David Walliams. Never heard of him.
You can find out more about me and find some of my best writing tips below.
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What am I doing right now?
I'm either writing, editing, making videos, daydreaming, cooking, cleaning the house, going for a walk (quite possibly to the bookshop) or having a video call with someone cool. That cool person might be one of my famous author or illustrator friends, or it could be YOU. I do lots of virtual visits with schools - so if you'd like to find out EXACTLY what I'm doing right now, arrange a call with me. You never know, I might even dress up 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 family to go to university. It wasn't easy. I had to work a part-time job as well as studying, but I didn't mind.
When I finished university I started working in advertising agencies as a copywriter. I started writing stories in my spare time, early in the morning and late at night. My first real book came out in 2012. I couldn't quite believe it. Forty-something books later, I still can't quite believe it - and I'm still working all the hours I can, in between being mum and all that other grown-up stuff.
What's it like to be an author?
I'm often asked this question. My answer is always the same: it feels BRILLIANT. I love writing and sharing my stories with children. There are still plenty of days when my writing goes wrong. I make mistakes all the time, but it helps me get better. Having actual books with my name on the front reminds me I can do it, so long as I keep trying and don't give up. If you ever find reading and writing tricky, just remember: so do authors.
My writing tips