Guest author, Paula Harrison, introduced her new fab series of books for young readers the ‘Rescue Princesses’ in which a group of brave and intrepid princess friends find time among their royal duties to rescue animals in distress.
Paula took everyone through a quiz to help identify which princess our guests thought they were most like, before leading everyone to a search in our courtyard garden to see if anyone could find any animals that needed saving.
The animals had to be tracked only from their footprints, and even their best dresses didn’t deter our guests from proving they were just as resourceful as the fictional ‘Rescue Princesses’ and all the animals were safely found.
Everyone then got busy with crowns and jewels to make a fantastic tiara to take away.
Thanks to all our princesses for looking so marvellous and working so hard at the activities. Thanks to all the mums and other helpers who made everything such fun for everyone.
And well done to Celeste McCauley for being awarded a prize for ‘best dressed princess’.
Five questions with . . . Paula Harrison’s writing life
1. What are you working on at the moment?
A middle-grade fantasy series with magic and mayhem.
2. What is the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Not to give up because it’s not an easy road to becoming a writer and there are no short cuts and you have to just carry on and find your own path.
3. What’s the best thing and the worst thing about being a children’s writer?
The best thing is having fun with your stories and also meeting your audience and entering into their world. I love being able to relive all those feelings you had when you were young. The worst thing? . . . I seem to be running very short on tiaras.
4. Do you have a writer’s survival kit, eg a place, thing or snack essential before you can start work?
I do rely heavily on cups of tea. But also, to get into the right frame of mind, I have to find a song that I associate with a scene or character. I try to find the right song for each character and it can take a while to find the right one, but then when I play that music I can get straight into a particular character. It can be classical music or a pop song that fits a particular character. Then if I find my mind is trying to focus on the laundry or the fact that the floors haven’t been cleaned, I can get right into the frame of mind I need to be in to do some writing.
5. What was your biggest breakthrough?
Having my first Rescue Princess story spotted by Nosy Crow. They spoke to me and wanted to work with me before signing me for the first four books.