PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about yourself.
Christine: I’m an author and a mum to two girls. Nowadays I call the San Francisco Bay Area home but I grew up in a beautiful part of East England called Suffolk. I have always loved books (Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton filled my shelves and imagination) and wanted to write. But it wasn’t until my youngest child turned two that I felt I had the time (and let’s face it, energy) to pursue a career in books.
PictureBookBuzz: What inspired your book, EVELYN THE ADVENTUROUS ENTOMOLOGIST?
Christine: My book is a biography of Evelyn Cheesman, an explorer and entomologist who defied the societal expectations placed on women in the early 1900s. Not only was she the first woman to run the London Zoo insect house but she also went on eight solo expeditions and had several species of insects named after her.
PictureBookBuzz: What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?
Christine: Insects, spiders, and adventure! What more could any reader want? Plus Yas Imamura’s beautiful illustrations bring to life Evelyn’s inspiring story as she travels the world and discovers new insects.
PictureBookBuzz: What are you currently working on?
Christine: As it’s November I’m tackling a novel for NaNoWriMo and enjoying learning about writing longer texts. Picture books are never far from my heart though and I have several projects at various stages.
PictureBookBuzz: If you could give advice to writers who haven’t published yet, or an earlier version of yourself, what would you want to share?
Christine: Find your tribe—join 12x12, SCBWI, and find critique partners. Oh and read, read, read.
PictureBookBuzz: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Christine: You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And my website is: Pinwheels and Stories.
We are a group of picture book authors and illustrators whose first picture books will be released in 2019. Read about our roads to publication here.