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FRANCESCA SIMON


Francesca SIMON Award-winning author,


Francesca Simon is best known for her multi- million selling Horrid


Henry series, but her latest books show her turning her hand to something


different. Nichola Hunter finds out more


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You were a mediaevalist and a successful freelance journalist and then you became a mum, was that the catalyst for you to become an author?


“I’ve always been interested in writing but becoming a mum was definitely the catalyst for writing children’s books. Even though I was interested in writing I had no idea I would be good at writing for children. It was looking at books with Josh and reading together that gave me tonnes of ideas. I started writing immediately although it took me about a year to get published. Of course, I did worry I was a just a crazy mother in the baby bubble, as obviously I had experience as a journalist but I’d never written a children’s book.


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