Good morning lovelies – and what a beautiful sunny day it is here in Kent! First up today, I’ve got a Meet the Author interview with the lovely Jude Lennon. We’re chatting about History, inspirational women, which author she’d like to meet, her most recent picture book That’s Our Home and more…
Children’s and adult fiction
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I used to be a teacher who loved writing, now I’m an author who loves storytelling. I live in the fantastic city of Liverpool with my partner Dom who is a musician. I’m a professional storyteller and author and love visiting schools, festivals and events delivering talks, author and writing workshops, drama sessions and storytelling. I also run writing courses and writing retreats for adults with Team Author UK. When I’m not writing or reading I love walking, dancing, music, camping and gin.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
From the age of 5 I wanted to be a teacher which I did for 18 years.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Oooh good question. I LOVE history so I think I’d like to travel back to meet an inspirational woman from history. Either Eleanor of Aquitaine or Cleopatra. These ladies stood up to the male hierarchy and expected behaviour of women at the time. Cleopatra ruled in her own right and Eleanor was Queen Consort of both France and England. She was also the Regent for her son Richard the Lion Heart so became ruler in truth rather than name only.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Reading, walking, camping in my vintage VW. Her name is Buttercup and we love her. She even features in one of my books (Lamby goes Camping). I love music and going to gigs/festivals and dancing are things I’m really missing.
Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. The storytelling , characters and plot are brilliant. We read this in my online book club and it was a real hit with everyone.
What’s your favourite film of all time and why?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers or Calamity Jane. I know that’s two but the reasons are the same. I LOVE a good musical. I was brought up on these classics and am pretty much word perfect on most of the songs. Plus Doris was a legend!
If you were given a boat, what would you name it and why?
The Laughing Louise – it’s the name of the pirate ship in one of my books (Pirate Lamby and his Woolly Crew)
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
I love travelling and I’m lucky to have seen a little bit of the world. I’d love to explore Central America especially Guatamala where there is an amazing Healing Lake – Lake Atilan and Costa Rica to see Pao Volcano and the lagoon beneath it.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
To bring about world peace and make the planet green.
If you could be, or meet, any mythical creature, what would you choose and why?
Pegasus the flying Horse. I loved that part of the Disney film Fantasia when the baby Pegasus were flying down to splash in the water. Looks like great fun to me.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
Strong characters because they can visit amazing places and get involved in great storylines.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Crime fiction or historical fiction and if it combines both – happy days! I love a good mystery and how the plot unfolds. I find it fascinating how the layers of the crime and the suspects are gradually revealed.
Which Author would you like to meet or like to have met and why?
Agatha Christie. She was so prolific and created two endearing characters in Poirot and Miss Marple. I’d like to ask her how she felt about Miss Marple being given more of a starring role in the TV adaptations compared to the small parts she had in the books.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recent book was a picture book about keeping the beaches clean. It’s called ‘That’s Our Home!’ and helps to spread a really important message.
final words from chelle…
Thanks so much for coming over and talking to us Jude! It sounds like you’ve had a fab career as a teacher, and now a fab job as a storyteller – all that travelling, and festivals must be amazing. I love the fact that you have a vintage VW called Buttercup – my Hubby is so jealous as he’d love one! I’m with you that meeting Pegasus would be amazing….if only!! And I absolutely love the cover of That’s Our Home; it’s wonderful that you are sharing such an important message with the future generations.
If you have any comments or questions for Jude, then give her a shout.
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