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Kay Woodward 'following dream to write children's novels'

5th January 2010

Writing children's novels was a lifelong ambition for Kay Woodward, the author has revealed.

Speaking to the Carlisle News and Star, the writer - who also uses the pen name Kay Barnham - said that her recent foray into children's novels is the culmination of a dream she has held since she was given her first typewriter at seven years old.

Woodward has published more than 70 titles in genres as diverse as humour, film and TV tie-ins, history guides and biographies, but has only recently started to branch out into novels with the recent Ice Princess and Jane Airhead.

Explaining her inspiration to the newspaper, she said: 'I really like the book Jane Eyre and I thought, wouldn't it be cool to live it yourself? And I could, by writing about it.'

The author also said that she intends to continue writing children's literature and has an idea which she thinks will be popular with fans of Jane Airhead.

'I'm happiest writing children's books, using lovely descriptive language which transports you somewhere else,' she added.

Woodward has worked in children's publishing since 1992 and says her 'specialist subjects' are Isambard Kingdom Brunel, dolphins, Roald Dahl, bad cracker jokes and fairies.

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