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Cauline Thomas- Brown is the author of 'The Roper Twins: Bath Time Battles with Nan!' rated 5 stars, Hardcover Edition published March 2017. Paperback coming in September 2017
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What influenced your new book 'The Roper Twins: Bath Time Battles with Nan!'?
It is said that writers should write about what they know. The battle written about in this book was a real one.
My twin grand-daughters right out refused to be bathed separately and then
refused to be bathed in the big bath. Bath times were a battle for months.
It is bad enough dealing with a single child but imagine twins. I was frantic!
When they finally accepted the big bath it was such a relief that I literally sat at my computer and committed the whole battle to paper.
What flowed from my fingers to the key board and beyond was originally a very funny short story aimed more at adults and told from a much more adult perspective. So it was really initially more about getting the whole matter off my chest.
I shared the story with friends and family who were thoroughly entertained by it. It was also very clear that my granddaughters loved it too even though they were too young to understand that they had influenced the story!
As it became clear that the book appealed to all ages the real decision was whether to stick with an older genre or tailor it to children. My granddaughters second birthdays were just around the corner so in the end I made the decision to adapt it into a
picture book and dedicate it to them.
The result is a picture book I hope my granddaughters and other children will treasure.
Were you anything like the Roper Twins as a child? I'd love to hear an anecdote!
I definitely did not have their dare devil personalities. I still clearly remember the first time I ventured up the stairs and was then too petrified to come back down, even backwards. The memory of my mother rescuing me is still very vivid. LOL!
The twins’ father on the other hand was very much like them. I remember him attempting to climb up a massive mirror fronted wardrobe to get to something on the top. The result was not pretty and we ended up at Accident & Emergency when we surfaced he had received his first stitches!
How did you get started as a writer?
My mother was an avid reader and she passed that and her love of books onto me. Deep down, I always felt that I had at least one book in me.
I made a couple of false starts and I went as far as to start a creative writing course, which I still haven’t finished. Even working for Penguin Books didn’t bring out the writer in me.
It is when I was doing voluntary work mentoring young adults most of whom had natural creative writing talent but lacked the confidence to do anything with their talent. I more or less just fell into helping them to gain confidence by getting them writing and sending what they had written to me.
Some of the work was very good so with their agreement I set up a daily blog on MySpace as a platform to publish their work.
As you can imagine sometimes their confidence failed them and I found myself writing fill in pieces so that we met our daily publishing commitment. The blog
grew in popularity. People loved the humour in my writing and the way they could identify with the items I wrote.
The obvious next step was to compile the best of these short stories into a book.
Since then writing has become an integral part of my creative and working life. I am still very much a publisher first and my main objective is very much to provide authors
with a traditional path to publishing their work. My work until now has focused on non-fiction.
The Roper Twins: Bath-Time Battles with Nan is the first children’s book I have penned. From early indications I am very likely to write some more books about The Roper Twins as readers seem keen to know how they will deal with other changes thrown at them in their unique and mischievous way.
What does a typical day look like for you?
As I mentioned I am a Publisher which involves managing team of people and publishing processes. So my typical day is ultra busy and filled with lots of meetings with editors, designers, illustrators, authors and the other people involved in creating quality books.
My writing is part-time however fortunately for me when I do author a book the writing process is quick and the words just seem to flow. So it is very much more a form of relaxation and release than work per se.
On more glamorous days I am attending book signings, events, interviews and the occasional award ceremony.
Describe your workspace
Lots of books and piles of paper everywhere! There are also various reading devices and computers on the go so that I can read books in all the current formats.
The best way to describe it is organised chaos.
Tell me 3 interesting things about you
Now that’s a difficult one. What I think is interesting will probably bore the pants off others. There a lot of things that have happened in my life but that is for another time.
So for now here are three that don’t need a book to do them justice…
1. I used to share the Ice with Olympic Gold Medallist Robin Cousins at the Silver Blades Ice Skating Rink, Bristol.
2. I trained as a Pianist but gave it up in favour of Ice Skating.
3. Over the years my nicknames have been Raquel (after Raquel Welch not Raquel from Only Fools and Horses), Dallas (after Sue Ellen from you guessed it Dallas) & Dancer because I love to dance but cannot follow choreography (so I was never going to be a professional dancer)!
I’ll leave you to guess why the first two nicknames attached themselves to me. LOL!
What is your favourite quote?
The one that always springs to mind first is ‘The pen is mightier than the sword!’ so that really must be my favourite.
What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer is the privilege of impacting the lives of others. Whether I am writing non-fiction or fiction and want my work to bring hope and inspire!
For me there is no major downside to being a writer however I know that for the majority of writers it is very difficult to earn a living wage from their writing talent.
On a personal note every writer wants every reader to love their work and expects 5star reviews. Anything less can be a bitter pill to swallow. ;-)