I read everything as a child and I still believe in trying to read across genres. The first things I remember writing were animal stories, I wrote this story about a family of mice and proudly showed it to my parents who informed me the mice would have lots more children than I'd written so I kind of lost heart with it. It was going to be my Animals of Farthing Wood I think. I don't show my family anything I write these days, and I no longer show friends. I try and trust myself.