Meet Christina Gabbitas, award-winning author, poet, Children’s Literature Festivals charity founder and trustee, and inspirational writer.
Pencil, pen or keyboard, what do you prefer to write with?
“I write with a pen. I always have a pad in my bag and in the car, ready to jot down ideas wherever I go. Although my writing isn’t very neat so I type it up when I get home.”
What’s your favourite book for children?
Who are your top 3 fictional characters of all time?
“I wouldn’t say I have favourite characters as such.”
“As a child I loved the stories more than individual characters and I loved anything visual. Bagpuss was by far my favourite character.”
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
“I never dreamt that I’d be a writer. I wrote stories for my own children and put them away in a box for seven years before getting them out to re-read them. I never knew what I wanted to be but that’s what life’s all about – learning what you want to be.”
“Don’t worry if you don’t know yet. Don’t worry if you don’t go to University, its’s not suited to everyone – just try different things and learn through experience. You’ll soon find your niche and what you enjoy.”