United Kingdom: Jonathan Emmett

Jonathan Emmett, Nottingham, United Kingdom

website: Scribble Street

I am now a full time author / paper-engineer with a growing number of books in print and I really love my new job. I just wish I’d had the courage to start doing it earlier! I live in Nottingham with my wife Rachel, and my children Max and Laura. My hobbies include walking, reading, furniture design and tinkering with my web site.

I was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a rig fitter and a primary school teacher. I was fascinated with books from an early age. As a small boy, I reorganised the spare bedroom of our house into a library for my parents’ books. This might sound like a useful thing for a child to do, but instead of ordering the books by subject or author, they were organised by size and colour, which made more sense to me at the time.

I can remember visiting our local library as a toddler. The books that we borrowed then, including “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr Seuss and “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson have a great influence on the picture book stories that I now write. The first ‘proper’ book that I read for myself was “The Folk of the Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton. I went on to read other popular children’s authors like C. S. Lewis, but like many children of my generation, the author who made the biggest impression on my early childhood was Roald Dahl.

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