Ever since my first story about a group of monkeys was put on my classroom wall when I was six, I have wanted to be a writer. Five years ago I gave up my full-time teaching post so that I had time to write. I went on creative writing courses and gradually my writing improved until finally I had was told my writing was good enough to be submitted to agents and publishers and that I was a ‘natural story teller’. Now I have two published books. Aunty Marmalade for 7 year olds and up and Mrs Poddle and Eric which is a ‘read to’ or ‘read alone’ book for ages 5 and up. I have finished a sequel to Aunty Marmalade called Florence’s Diaries, and I have been told to write more stories about Mrs Poddle and Eric by my publisher. I have also just started a new book about a boy called Joe.
I am married to an airline captain and so I travel all over the world. I love to experience new cultures and landscapes, finding out about what faraway places are like. These experiences I take with me into the classroom. Walking part of the Great Wall of China helped me to describe it and explain how and why it was built. Climbing down wobbly ladders into a pyramid gave a completely different aspect to learning about the Pharoahs. Flying over Siberia at night gave me an insight into how unpopulated that country is…especially when I saw a solitary light and guessed it was a distrss signal…that added excitement into learning about how people live in sub-zero temperatures. I always take a special interest in the children and their schools wherever I go. On these trips, and all the time, I always carry a little black book with me and I jot down story ideas in it. Mrs Poddle and Eric was inspired by a trip to Africa when I encountered a gorilla. It was the most amazing experience and one I will never forget.
I still teach part-time at a school in West Sussex. I teach children who need help with their reading, spelling and maths and young adults who need help to prepare for their GCSEs. I have two grown-up daughters so I am a mum too and we have a dog called Biggles who is my constant companion.

Here is a picture of Biggles our dog and my constant companion and me in Beijing, China.

Ruth young in Beijing