Happy Birthday, Jenny Nimmo, born 15 January 1944
- There’s nothing like the peace of the countryside, the quiet and the lack of distraction. It helps you to focus your mind.
- I’ve read up on magic, and I think it sets you free, and it gives you hope. You can explore worlds you didn’t know existed. It stretches your imagination, and I like my own imagination to be stretched and also the children I’m telling the story to. It gives you a sense of wonder.
- Inspiration comes from the world around me. I’m an inveterate eavesdropper.
- Every book that you pick up takes you a step away from your real world, but if you read a book about magic, it takes you an extra two steps.
- I try not to identify too strongly with any of my characters. I like to stand back and see them objectively. I think this is why I often use boys instead of girls, just in case I get too close and lose the overall picture.
- I work in a room overlooking the river. I try to get to my desk as soon as I’ve fed my cats and chickens. I use a blue 3B pencil and scribble away for about 20 pages before transferring it to the computer.
Jenny Nimmo is a British author of children’s books. She has written fantasy and adventure novels, chapter books, and picture books, and is best known for two series: The Magician Trilogy and Children of the Red King. The first Magician book, The Snow Spider, won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize.
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