Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong

Hello! Well here I am. I'm Jeremy Strong and I have been writing for children since 1978 when I got my first books published, a picture book story called SMITH'S TAIL. Since then I have had well over a hundred books published. Here are some of the most memorable - The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog (won the Children's Book Award in 1997, plus 7 more in that series) My Brother's Famous Bottom (and 7 more in that series), Beware, Killer Tomatoes, The Karate Princess, Cartoon Kid, Krazy Kow Saves The World, Nellie Choc-Ice (3 books), There's A Viking In My Bed (3 books and a TV series), There's A Pharaoh In Our Bath, Mad Iris, Captain Whiskers, Armadillo and Hare (2 books). I love writing funny stories that make you laugh and I try to write stories that are also great for young readers who are starting to read on their own and also great for reading out loud. Many of my books have been translated into different languages and I frequently visit schools and book festivals around the world to talk to children, parents and teachers. It is an honour for me to meet so many wonderful teachers and children in so many different countries. I loved reading as a child. I would make secret camps under the dining table and sit there with a good book. I have always loved using my imagination and making stuff up in my head. When I write now I start by thinking a lot about the story and I make notes. They are not really plans- just ideas about the characters and what might happen. Then I start writing the story. I often get stuck but that's half the fun of it. Finally i spend a lot of time reading back my story out loud and making changes, sometimes very big changes like dropping whole chapters and writing new ones. I do whatever has to be done to make the story as good as possible. I was not a very good pupil at school. I liked primary school but then went to grammar school, which I hated - and I think they hated me too! However, at primary I was very lucky to have a great teacher for 2 years (Y3 and 4). She got me writing stories and by the time I left her class I knew I wanted to be a writer. I feel very lucky to have achieved that ambition. I'm married to the wonderful Gillie. You can see her in some of the photos. She is brilliant. We have four children between us - two from her first marriage and two from my first marriage. We spend a good half of each year in Turkey where we have a house near the sea and it's a great place to write. At the moment I am very much enjoying writing a series of stories about Armadillo and Hare, published by David Fickling books and illustrated wonderfully by Rebecca Bagley. Look out for them!
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