The first time I met Cathy was at an authors' event at our local bookshop, Bartons, in Leatherhead, Surrey. I was very impressed by her amazing ability to sum up a face and sketch a convincing likeness in the time it takes most people to sharpen a pencil.
When I got to know her a little better, I discovered that she's not only an accomplished artist, but also a talented author of young adult and graphic novels, who uses her gifts to help 'reluctant' and Dyslexic readers in Surrey schools as well.I’m delighted that Cathy's agreed to come and talk to me today about her work - so, over to you, Cathy.
If you’d told me in Year 7 that one day I’d be a published author I’d have rolled my eyes and grunted a sarcastic, ’Huh! Yeah, right.’ I might even have offered a heart-felt, pre-teen reason why you were so very much mistaken. ‘Duh! Authors are clever people who know loads of clever stuff, and I’m not and I don’t. I’m rubbish at lessons (except art), I can’t concentrate, I often drift off into daydreaming and I doodle all the time. I mean, I didn’t even learn to read ‘til I was 8. There’s no way am I gonna be a writer.’ Then I’d probably roll my eyes again and maybe add a stubborn pout.